The Mariposa DR Foundation

The Mariposa DR Foundation is a U.S. 501(c)3 and Dominican not-for-profit with the mission of educating and empowering girls to create sustainable solutions to end generational poverty.
May 24, 2016

Empowered role models, empowered girls!

Mariposas play role models from the US, DR & Haiti
Mariposas play role models from the US, DR & Haiti

Dear Friends,

Since September the Mariposa girls ages 15-18 have been participating in a comparative study of Dominican, Haitian, and US women role models called the Girl Workshop Series. This interactive study has included research, field trips, and workshops with some of the women they studied, including Dominican-American author Julia Alvarez and Native Americans Radmilla Cody and Mary Kim Titla.

In April the study culminated in a final event created by the Mariposa girls titled “Celebrating Our Similarities.” This event was attended by all the Mariposa girls, US Embassy representatives, members of the local community, and two of the women from the study. The event included circus and musical performances by the Mariposa girls that wowed the guests.

The main performance was a theatrical piece in which the Mariposa girls each represented one woman from the comparative study and participated in an imaginary women’s conference that unified these leaders and activists from different times and places. The featured women included Haitian activists Myriam Merlet and Sonia Pierre; Dominican activists and educators Aniana Vargas, Julia Alvarez, Mamá Tingó, Salome Ureña, Paulina Pérez, Margo Suriel and Minerva Mirabal; American activists and author Maya Angelou, Lucy Burns, Alice Paul, and Harriet Tubman; and Native Americans Anacaona, Mary Kim Titla, and Radmilla Cody.

The presentation was a combination of spoken word, poetry, music and dance. It brought together rich elements from three different countries and over 500 years of history. Creating the presentation solidified the girls’ understanding and enthusiasm of the many connections that weave the lives of these women together, as well as how the lives of these women are not so different from their own.

A powerful way to unleash the leader in a girl is to teach her the stories of the amazing women that came before her, because empowered role models lead to empowered girls! Thank you for your essential support of our girls’ education and empowerment programs. 

With gratitude,

The girls, families, staff and volunteers at The Mariposa DR Foundation

Odalissa as environmental activist Aniana Vargas
Odalissa as environmental activist Aniana Vargas
Mariposa girl Jafreisy starring in the circus show
Mariposa girl Jafreisy starring in the circus show
Mariposa musical group performing original songs
Mariposa musical group performing original songs
Mariposas Jafreisy and Victoria as US suffragists
Mariposas Jafreisy and Victoria as US suffragists
Julia Alvarez and Margo S. w/Executive Director
Julia Alvarez and Margo S. w/Executive Director

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May 17, 2016

Bike Building-Completed!

Creating a strong foundation for the building
Creating a strong foundation for the building

Dear Friends,

In February we received an incredibly generous donation of 60 brand new bicycles! With these bicycles we will be able to start the Mariposa Cycling program this summer, teaching our girls bike mechanics and how to safely ride around town.

When we first received the bicycles we did not have adequate storage space for so many of them, and had to temporarily fill different classrooms. Thanks to your support of infrastructure projects at the Mariposa Center for Girls, we were able to build a bike storage building on our property!

Student groups from Lawrence Academy and Education First worked together with local construction workers to build a durable and secure storage facility that is large enough to hold all of the bicycles. Local cycling experts designed the building for proper bike storage and easy access for the Mariposa girls. Now we can rest easy knowing that our bicycles have their own building so they stay safe and in good working order.

Bicycles provide girls with independence, a fantastic form of exercise, and the ability to explore new areas of their community. Falande, age 12, starts every day by asking “When can I ride a bike?” and the other girls share her eagerness to start the new program. It is rare for a girl to have her own bicycle in our community, so we are excited to be able to provide the Mariposa girls with this cycling experience.

We couldn’t have done this without your support, so thank you!

With gratitude,

The girls, families, staff and volunteers at The Mariposa Center for Girls

Volunteers from Lawrence Academy working hard!
Volunteers from Lawrence Academy working hard!
Locals and volunteers working together!
Locals and volunteers working together!
The finished building!
The finished building!
Properly stored new bikes!
Properly stored new bikes!

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May 9, 2016

Bike Building-Completed!

Creating a strong foundation for the building
Creating a strong foundation for the building

Dear Friends,

In February we received an incredibly generous donation of 65 brand new bicycles! With these bicycles we will be able to start the Mariposa Cycling program this summer, teaching our girls bike mechanics and how to safely ride around town.

When we first received the bicycles we did not have adequate storage space for so many of them, and had to temporarily fill different classrooms. Thanks to your support of infrastructure projects at the Mariposa Center for Girls, we were able to build a bike storage building on our property!

Student groups from Lawrence Academy and Education First worked together with local construction workers to build a durable and secure storage facility that is large enough to hold all of the bicycles. Local cycling experts designed the building for proper bike storage and easy access for the Mariposa girls. Now we can rest easy knowing that our bicycles have their own building so they stay safe and in good working order.

Bicycles provide girls with independence, a fantastic form of exercise, and the ability to explore new areas of their community. Falande, age 12, starts every day by asking “When can I ride a bike?” and the other girls share her eagerness to start the new program. It is rare for a girl to have her own bicycle in our community, so we are excited to be able to provide the Mariposa girls with this cycling experience.

We couldn’t have done this without your support, so thank you!

With gratitude,

The girls, families, staff and volunteers at The Mariposa Center for Girls

Volunteers and locals working together!
Volunteers and locals working together!
Volunteers having fun and working hard!
Volunteers having fun and working hard!
The finished building!
The finished building!
Properly stored new bikes!
Properly stored new bikes!

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