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.
Feb 9, 2016

Swimming her way to success!

Jumping In!
Jumping In!

Dear Friends,

We began our swimming program over 5 years ago with intensive swim lessons for the “Nautical Nine,” nine girls who learned to swim in one summer. Since we opened the Mariposa Center for Girls, and have our very own pool, more than 300 local girls have learned how to swim. The Mariposa girls are making some serious waves in the Cabarete community. Girls that once stood on the beach, terrified of the water are now surfing, kite surfing, kayaking and more. More and more girls look forward to swimming classes as the highlight of their day.

In our beach town of Cabarete, swimming is not just a recreational skill, it is a matter of safety. One of our girls was able to save her younger sister from drowning with the water safety skills she learned in our program. Her younger sister has since become a strong swimmer learning at the Mariposa center.

Swimming for the Mariposa girls is about safety, but it is also about empowerment. Swimming allows them to participate in community activities and be proud of where they come from. The pool at the Mariposa Center for Girls is in the very center of our space and in some ways, the heart of our center. Not only do our girls learn to swim, but it provides a tranquil, peaceful environment to learn. Our girls love their pool so much that they find creative ways to incorporate it into other activities, such as theater. They recently created a synchronized swimming routine as part of a theatrical event for our annual Christmas celebration.

Our girls are swimming their way to success and we could not do any of this without your support. Thank you for your support in keeping our Mariposa girls swimming!

With gratitude,

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

The Center
The Center
Theater Performance
Theater Performance
Theater Performance
Theater Performance

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Dec 3, 2015

Empowering Girls Through Exchanging Cultures

Cultural Exchange
Cultural Exchange

Dear Friends,

Cultural exchange and education is a core component of our program at Mariposa. We believe that by exposing our girls to other cultures, we can help them grow to be global citizens with a greater understanding of the world around them. This November, during Native American Heritage Month, we were fortunate enough to host two amazing representatives from the Navajo and Apache Nations right here in the Dominican Republic! Radmilla Cody, of the Tla'a'schi'i' (Red Bottom People) clan, is a Grammy award nominee and domestic abuse survivor and advocate and Mary Kim Titla, San Carlos Apache, is a Native American youth advocate, 20 year veteran TV newscaster and former school administrator.

Radmilla and Mary Kim spent a week at The Mariposa Center sharing their cultures with the girls. It was an extremely enriching experience for both parties as the parallels between the struggles of indigenous people on reservations and the struggles of growing up in poverty in Cabarete created powerful connections. The Mariposa girls of all ages participated in identity and coming of age workshops, crafting circles and music and dance classes. Together, they shared recipes, music, dances, language, traditional clothing and cultural practices. 

It was an amazing week full of sharing and understanding of indigenous cultures in the US with the Mariposa girls. They were left with a greater understanding of the situation of indigenous people in the US and the power of Radmilla and Mary Kim's personal struggles. Our visitors' final day at the center was very emotional as we say farewell to both of them and to an incredibly rich, cultural experience. An unforgettable week for everyone involved.

Experiences like this empower girls by showing them that they matter, and that they too have the power to build solidarity and support for all girls and women across the globe. These life changing experiences are only possible because of your generosity and we thank you for your support.

With gratitude,

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

Radmilla and Mary Kim
Radmilla and Mary Kim
Group Photo
Group Photo

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Nov 2, 2015

Urban Art & Mural Workshops

Art Group
Art Group

Dear Friends,

For the past few months, many of the Mariposa girls have been putting their artisitic talents to use in urban art workshops to deck out the center! Working with four local graffiti artists, the girls learned technique in spray painting, brush painting and stenciling. Together, they created 50 foot mural featuring Anacaona, a Taino female chief who fought for her people's rights against colonizers, with a modern twist. They finished off the scene with the quote, "Anacaona lives within us, because they didn't kill her, they multiplied her" to honor her legacy. The girls did research on Anacaona and then created this masterpiece to bring her story to life!

Art is just one of the many ways we empower our girls by giving them outlets to express themselves and physical space to claim as their own. It is important to us to foster the creative process in our girls as this can help them self-manage behaviors and feelings, reduce stress, and improve self-esteem and awareness.

Throughout the year we will be welcoming more visiting artists to work with the girls on some exciting projects and we look forward to sharing more with you soon. Special thank you to Raquel Rios for supporting this special workshop!

None of this would be possible without the support of all of you and we thank you.

With gratitude,

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

Finished Mural
Finished Mural

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