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Aug 29, 2019

Welcoming a New School Year!

Maripositas at the Mariposa Center for Girls
Maripositas at the Mariposa Center for Girls

With the school year beginning we wanted to take a moment to say thank you from all of us at the Mariposa DR Foundation for your support of the Mariposa Center for Girls.   While we are not a school in the traditional sense of the word, there is an incredible amount of learning happening at the Center each day! In fact, the Mariposa center first girls is one of the premier educational institutions on the island of Hispaniola.

The Mariposa Center for girls is the second home and a safe space for girls from elementary school through high school.  It is the only safe space for girls on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. Imagine a space where a young girl can come and feel safe and participate in yoga, music, tutoring, swimming, basketball, language, computers, robotics, ballet, and so much more.  Incredible, right? That’s what it looks like at our Center on a daily basis!

The girls and young women in our programs are divided up into four groups:

The Maripositas are 8-11 years old and are in 2nd-5th grades. They attend programs at the Center in the morning, are provided lunch, and then go to school in the afternoon.

The Mariposas are 11-14 years old and in 6th-8th grades.  The Mariposotas are 14-19 years old and in 9th-12th grades.  Both the Mariposas and the Mariposotas attend school in the morning and then come to the Center for lunch and participate in programs in the afternoon

The Mariposas Volando are young women who are 17-23 years old and in college or working and are continually supported by MDRF staff.  The do not attend programs at the Center on a daily basis, but often assist with programs and come for special events.  

As we look forward to the excitement of a new year and continue to build and beautify our site, your support means so much to us.  Be sure to follow us on social media to stay updated on our fall programs!

Practicing basketball
Practicing basketball
Map of the Mariposa Center for Girls
Map of the Mariposa Center for Girls
Practicing guitar
Practicing guitar
Jul 9, 2019

Learning to be Leaders

Mariposas Practicing Their Leadership Skills
Mariposas Practicing Their Leadership Skills
The Mariposa girls finished off the month of June by hosting a summer camp at the Ruth Plaut school in neighboring Los Brazos. Founded by Dr. Gideon Plaut, this school services children within this community providing schooling during the academic year, and programming and exciting camps during the hot summer months. Our girls had the opportunity to prep and design an engaging week of activities for more than 30 students. As camp counselors, our Mariposa's organized and led outdoor activities, interactive games, crafts and songs. 3 weeks of prep and planning in their leadership class paid off as the girls were phenomenal leaders and service members in their community.
For a few of our girls, this was the first time they were placed in a leadership position, and it was a welcomed learning opportunity as many girls reflected on the patience needed and satisfaction that comes with working with children. Following the camp, on the last two nights of the week our girls stayed overnight at Blue Moon Retreat and took time to reflect on their experience and bond as a group. We are so proud of this group for their efforts and the amazing camp that they put on for the children of this town. We hope that our girls will continue to be change-makers and leaders in their communities! Here's to the inaugural 2019 Ruth Plaut Mariposa Summer Camp!
Icebreakers
Icebreakers
Working as a team
Working as a team
Jun 11, 2019

Keeping the Mariposas Swimming

Elidania during swim class
Elidania during swim class

This spring we worked on teaching and strengthening swimming skills with daily lessons as part of our water sports program.  Not only does swimming support a healthy lifestyle through exercise, but it also empowers the Mariposas to overcome fears and learn a new skill, and it encourages safety around the water. 

We began our swimming program over 8 years ago with intensive swim lessons for the “Nautical Nine,” who learned to swim in one summer. Since that first group, more than 350 local girls have learned how to swim.   Girls that once stood on the beach, terrified of the water, are now swimming, surfing, kite surfing, SUPing and more.

When we opened the Mariposa Center for Girls in 2014 we finally had our own pool.  It sits in the very center of our space and in some ways, is the heart of our Center. Not only do our girls learn to swim, but it provides a tranquil, peaceful environment to learn. It will come as no surprise that swimming is one of their favorite classes.  For some of the girls, this was their first time in a pool!

In our beach town of Cabarete, knowing how to swim is not just a recreational skill, it is a matter of safety. One of the Mariposas was able to save her younger sister from drowning with the water safety skills she learned in our program. 

All in all, swimming allows the Mariposas to participate in community activities and be proud of where they come from.  Thank you for your support in keeping our Mariposas swimming!

Mariposa Volando Jafreisy teaching Esmelada
Mariposa Volando Jafreisy teaching Esmelada
At the heart of the Center
At the heart of the Center
Fanny &Yoskany
Fanny &Yoskany

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