Mariposa Center For Girls

by The Mariposa DR Foundation
May 6, 2013

Spring update from The Mariposa Center for Girls!

Volunteer hard at work
Volunteer hard at work

Dear Friends,

Things are moving along at The Mariposa Center for Girls. Since our last update we have completed the project of replacing our entire 900 square meter roof! It was a huge undertaking and the whole project took over two months and cost $25,000! Because of your generosity we were able to put a safe and beautiful roof on our new home. 

Over the past few months the center has been filled with volunteers and service learning groups to help clean, paint, garden and transform our home into a beautiful sanctuary for the girls in our community. Our next project is getting our very own pool ready just in time for summer.

Swimming lessons are an essential part of our programs at The Mariposa DR Foundation. We live in a beachside town and giving girls the ability to swim builds confidence and enables them to participate in the many activities that make the Cabarete community unique. We firmly believe that for the girls of Cabarete, learning to swim is not a privilege; it is their right. Learning to swim will enable them to feel more like a part of their community, participate in water sports, and feel empowered to work for change.

The goal is to have our pool cleaned, painted and ready for swimming lessons to begin on June 24th. To help us reach our goal, advisory board member Nell Newman of Newman's Own Organics has donated a $25,000 matching challenge grant. This means that all donations for the next 60 days to The Mariposa Center for Girls will be matched by the Nell Newman Foundation at 100% up to $25,000!

We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of you for your support. This amazing transformation is only happening because of you. We look forward to keeping you updated and hope that you will come and visit us in our new home!


The Mariposas

Swimming lessons
Swimming lessons
New roof at The Mariposa Center for Girls
New roof at The Mariposa Center for Girls
Painting butterflies!
Painting butterflies!
Pottery class!
Pottery class!



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The Mariposa DR Foundation

Location: Ithaca, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Jessica Lawson
Ithaca, New York United States
$131,530 raised of $400,000 goal
1,899 donations
$268,470 to go
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