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 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!

Links:

Mar 1, 2016

The Mariposa girls are rock stars!

The Mariposa girls on the beach in Punta Cana!
The Mariposa girls on the beach in Punta Cana!

Dear Friends, 

This February the Mariposa Girls had the experience of a lifetime – they were invited to perform in front of 1,800 people at an all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana to spread the word about the world’s most powerful force for change, girls!

Most girls in poverty will never have the chance to visit a 5-star hotel, but tourism is the number one industry in the Dominican Republic and therefore the largest job market. This trip was only the beginning of our hospitality program, in which the Mariposa girls will gain the necessary skills to work in the industry. The girls got a full tour of the hotel and took advantage of the pools, magic shows and other activities they never knew existed. These girls are the stars of the Mariposa Girls Leadership Program and one day will be leaders in the field of hospitality.

After months of hard work rehearsing song and dance routines, 30 Mariposa girls went on an all expenses paid field trip to an all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana. When they strutted out onto the huge stage in front of the large audience they didn’t falter, they wowed the crowd with their performance and brought staff and guests alike to tears. To see one of the songs they performed, check out this video

The girls shone as the rock stars they are: singing and dancing and leading the crowd participation. They later had the chance to mingle with the guests in a smaller setting, practicing their English and overcoming cultural barriers to talk about Mariposa’s work. You couldn’t tell that the girls had never been in this environment before as they laughed and enjoyed the resorts amenities. Many of them had never been on an elevator before or seen so much food available to eat.

The Mariposa Girls were grateful for the opportunity to shine and discover new possibilities for their future. It just goes to show what can happen if you unleash the leader in a girl! Thank you for making this possible.

With gratitude,

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

The Mariposa girls wowing the crowd!
The Mariposa girls wowing the crowd!
Rock stars!
Rock stars!
Enjoying the pools!
Enjoying the pools!

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