We have had an extremely busy few months at The Mariposa DR Foundation. While we will continue monitoring the success of The Power Project, we will no longer post project this as a fundraiser on Global Giving. Fortunately we have been able to acquire a large amount of inventory and will begin a sewing program over the next few months on our new land that we recently purchased! This way the girls can produce the products themselves!
We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all who have supported this initiative and encourage you to check out our other project pages, our Facebook page and join our mailing list where you can continue to receive updates on the success of the Mariposas.
We are thrilled to announce that we have recently acquired two Peace Corps volunteers that will be living in one of our Satellite communities in Rio San Juan, Dominican Republic. The couple will be working on several initiatives with community members, most importantly strengthening the girls group and helping us better determine the unique needs of the girls living in this rural area.
LunaPads were distributed to a small sample of girls in this community about a year ago. Over the next few months, our new Peace Corps volunteer will be conducting follow-up interviews, distributing more products, and creating training and continuing education programs to ensure that the girls who receive kits are well informed, using them properly and staying in school.
As always we want to express our gratitude to our partner on this project www.lunapads.com as well as all of you who have generously contributed to it's success. We are working hard to make sure that this remains a high impact initiative that delivers lasting results. This update also includes a link to our 2011 Annual Report where you can read even more about the success of the project.
We are continuing to follow up with the girls that received LunaPads kits in 2011 and are receiving quite a positive response. Starting in February a full time volunteer will join us to help us better track the progress on this initiative and get ready for the next group of young women to receive their kits. We hope to expand this initiative in 2012 and provide more kits so that more girls can benefit from this program. Our goal is to ensure that our girls begin their journey to womanhood with LunaPads and this becomes a cultural norm. The Mariposa girls have bi-weekly health classes and LunaPads education has been fully integrated into the curriculum. Happy, healthy, eco-friendly, money-saving alternative to help keep girls in school.
We want to thank you for your continued support and will continue to update you on our progress!
We here at The Mariposa Foundation have been closely monitoring the success of the Lunapad project and are pleased to report on the results thus far. Earlier this year, MBA student Laura Barceló from Indiana University visited the Mariposa Foundation in Cabarete and conducted a satisfaction survey among the users of Lunapads. She found the 70% of the women and girls using the product loved it!
We continue to work very closely with the Mariposa families to ensure that Lunapads make their way into the hands of young girls who are just beginning their journey into womanhood. By providing them early on with Lunapads a free and longlasting alternative to menstrual products, we want to make sure that they see Lunapads as a solution to staying in school and completing their education. A girl who uses Lunapads receives 20% more education, which raises her self-confidence and empowers her to break the cycle of poverty for herself and her family.
We want to extend a heartfelt thank you once again to Lunapads for supporting us in keeping 700 adolescent girls in school, and to Laura for helping us track the results of this endeavor.
Thank you for all your support and donations, and please continue to support us in empowering and educating the Mariposas for a brighter future!
The Mariposa Foundation
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!
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