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Jan 2, 2014

Attendance = success!

Mariposas on the move!
Mariposas on the move!

Dear Friends,

Because of your generous support, we were able to provide safe, daily transportation to The Mariposa Center for Girls for the entire month of September. Many girls miss out on school or extracurricular activities because their families can not afford to get them there safely. Free and safe transportation means increased attendance rates and peace of mind for the girls' families. The road is very dangerous here in our community, as motorcycles are the primary method of transport and accidents are extremely common. Many of the girls also walk, however many of them live far away and walking along the busy road can also pose a safety threat.

A basic taxi service to get the girls back and forth to The Mariposa Center for Girls is a simple fix for a barrier that often prevents girls from accessing quality education. Picking the girls up and dropping them off safely at home shows the girls and their families that we care about them. This important step helps us gain the parents' trust and encourages them to make sure that their girls don't miss out on any activities. Because we exceeded our funding goal for this project, we were able to use the additional money to provide free transportation for families to parent meetings! Keeping the families informed is a critical component to our success. When parents are included and engaged in their child's learning, they understand the importance regular attendance and make it a priority to support their girls' education.

We thank you for your contribution to providing safe transportation, you have removed a huge barrier for success and enabled girls at The Mariposa DR Foundation to feel important, confident and safe.

 With gratitude,

The Mariposas

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Nov 11, 2013

Mariposa Girls are Going to High School!

Flavia Vidal with Mariposa Girls
Flavia Vidal with Mariposa Girls

Dear Friends,

It's been a very exciting fall here at The Mariposa DR Foundation. Because of your support we have been able to provide tuition scholarships, uniforms, books and supplies to all of our high school age girls! For the 2013-2014 academic year we have enrolled 16 girls in Cadin, a local Dominican private school, run by long time community leader and educator, Flavia Vidal. There are no day time high school programs in the town of Cabarete where we live so we provide transportation and resources to get our girls to our neighboring town of Islabon so that they can succesfully continue their education.

As a pioneer for education for poor children in her small, rural town, Cadin Director, Flavia Vidal, is thrilled to welcome the Mariposa Girls to her school. For more than 20 years, Flavia has worked tirelessly to provide quality education to children in her community. After seeing many girls slip through the cracks, drop out and get pregnant, she knows how critical it is to keep girls in school. Flavia is personally committed to the success of the Mariposa girls and we are grateful for her leadership and support. The Mariposa DR Foundation is also committed to making sure that Flavia has the resources she needs at her school to ensure that all the children at Cadin have access to quality education. This is just one of the ways that we form strong partnerships with great organizations and schools in our community, weaving a tight web of support for our girls that will enable them to succeed.

When girls are given the opportunity to pursue more education, this brings well demonstrated benefits for them and related benefits for the whole society. Girls with higher levels of education on average marry later, have smaller families, are more likely to survive childbirth and experience reduced incidences of HIV/AIDS. 

These girls are the most effective means for ending generational poverty and we have you to thank for ensuring that our Mariposa girls have a bright academic future.

With gratitude,

The Mariposas

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Nov 8, 2013

Permaculture Gardening @ Mariposa Center for Girls

Dear Friends,

We are so excited to share news of our latest collaborative effort – a permaculture garden! In our last update, we shared news about the successful fundraising campaign we ran to renovate and open our swimming pool in time for summer camp.  Not only were our swim lessons fantastic, but they were truly lifesaving as well.

During the summer, one of our wonderful long-term volunteers partnered with Taino Organic Farms to institute an Eco studies program. The idea in mind was to create a permaculture garden. Gardening has served as an experiential learning tool as our girls themselves are planting, harvesting and maintaining the seeds. The hands-on experience that our girls get through permaculture gardening allows them to better understand where food comes from, the benefits of organic gardening, and the processes of gardening and farming.

A large part of this project is our “seed library.” Through this library, our girls will harvest and maintain both seeds and seedlings. They can then bring their skills and knowledge back to their families, thus creating true garden-to-table food options for themselves and their families. 

An example of garden-to-table success has been our use of the Moringa tree. This tree, which is native to the Dominican Republic, is hardly used in any capacity. However, it has gained newfound fame as a super food! This is great news for our girls, as they have learned how to utilize the Moringa tree leaves to make delicious, healthy Moringa-lime juice. 

Moringa juice is just one example! Our vision for the future is that our garden and our budding gardeners will provide healthy, fresh food to all of our Mariposa girls and their families. We are creating our own edible schoolyard here at Mariposa!

We are so pleased to continue to share our work with you, knowing that your support and interest are paramount to our continued success!

With gratitude,

Las Mariposas

Moringa Juice!
Moringa Juice!
Enjoying the fruits of their labor...
Enjoying the fruits of their labor...
Working!
Working!
 
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