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Jul 5, 2011

Lunapads successfully distributed in two communities!

A mother with her new Lunapads kit
A mother with her new Lunapads kit

Dear Friends,

We have been making tremendous progress on our goal of bringing reusable sanitary napkins to adolescent girls in the Dominican Republic!

In April 2011, we distributed Lunapad kits to all the girls and mothers in our program in Cabarete and had an extensive information session on the care and use of these kits. Our girls and mothers were extremely grateful and excited for the chance to try them out.

In June 2011, another group of students from Lakeside School in Seattle - the school who supported the purchase of the original kits - brought Lunapads to Tres Ceibas, rural community an hour outside of Cabarete and distributed them to the young women in the community there, continuing the cycle and strengthening bonds between the different groups of young women in our program.

Our goal is to continue supporting programs that increase educational opportunities for our girls and provide sustainable solutions to ending poverty.

Thank you for all your support and donations, and let us continue to work together for our Mariposas!

Warm regards,

The Mariposas

School attendance improves by 20% for our girls
School attendance improves by 20% for our girls
Jun 29, 2011

Update from The Mariposas!

Dear Friends,

Because of your generosity we have experienced tremendous growth and success over the past few months.  We have opened an official Mariposa office space and resource center for the girls in our community.  A safe, secure and inviting space where our girls can come to read, study, check out library books and relax in a quiet room away from all the distractions of their often overcrowded homes.  The girls and neighborhood kids have already checked in and out the books over 500 times since March! 

There have been a lot of individual successes as well.  Two of our Mariposa girls began University this spring and are also interning in the Mariposa resource center to develop essential business and office skills.  We also have a girl in our sports program who last August was afraid to put her foot in the water and is now a competitive swimmer!

Our intense Health and English program concluded in May and the school year has just ended.  Four of our girls who needed to pass eighth grade national exams worked intensely with individual tutors and have passed with flying colors.

We are gearing up for the second year of our Girls Summer Leadership Program.  This summer's program will include two healthy meals a day, environmental education, sports, theatre, dance, intensive academic tutoring, field trips and more.  Working together with certified teachers, students, parents, local and international volunteers Mariposa creates this unique experiential education program just for girls.  Camp will run for four weeks from July 11th - August 5th.

All of this is only possible because of thoughtful contributions from people like you.  We have lots more exciting things planned for the rest of the year so stay connected for more updates on what the Mariposas are up to!  

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With Gratitude,

The Mariposa DR Foundation

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Apr 6, 2011

Our first shipment of 200 Pads4Girls kits is on the way!

Our first shipment of 200 kits!
Our first shipment of 200 kits!

Dear Friends,

We are excited to announce that our first shipment of 200 kits has arrived in the Dominican Republic.  As soon as the truck from Santo Domingo arrives on the North Coast we'll be distributing the products to all the girls in our program and their immediate family members.  

We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the team who made this happen - Lakeside School, LunaPads and the Encargo group shipping company.

Our goal is to provide reusable sanitary products to all the adolescent girls living in our community.  We still need to raise the funds for another 500 kits and we won't stop there.

Thank you for your contributions and support and please spread the word!

Warm regards,

The Mariposas

 
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