Unleash the Leader in a Girl

by The Mariposa DR Foundation
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Girls Kayaking
Girls Kayaking

Dear Friends,

We are just five months into 2012 and already this has been an incredibly busy and successful year for The Mariposa DR Foundation. Since January we have welcomed several new members onto our executive and advisory boards, worked with over 50 international and local volunteers and teachers, hosted several student groups and service learning trips as well as strengthened our programs to effectively serve the needs of girls in the communities where we work. 

July 2012 will mark our 3rd Annual Mariposa Girls Summer Leadership Program. This year we will welcome more than 20 international and local volunteers and teachers for the summer to work with 70 girls in the community. This summer we anticipate accepting 25 new girls into our program. We have many exciting things planned for our girls including theatre, art, dance, sports, field trips and more.

We have been working hard over the past few months to really develop and strengthen the sports component of our Girls Leadership Program. Sports help girls build self-confidence, develop important teamwork and goal-setting skills, and increase their capacity to learn by improving memory and concentration, giving them a leg up in the classroom. In addition to water sports this past spring we also had girls participate in volleyball, soccer, tennis, capoeira and circus!

As always we thank you for your continued support and look forward to sending another update during the summer!

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Tennis Class!
Tennis Class!

2012 has started off on an excellent note for the Mariposas. This year, we are focusing on providing extensive and tailored academic support for all the girls in our program, specifically for those who are behind their grade levels in reading and math. Our volunteers are working one-on-one with many girls during the week, using flash cards, games, songs and a variety of other methods to build excitement around reading and numerical literacy. 

Four of our older Mariposas are also receiving intensive job skills training to provide them with greater opportunities once they graduate from high school and look to further their education. We have one office intern who helps our Office Manager with accounting, logistics and general tasks, and three other bright, young women who are being trained in marketing, advertising and sales to help in fundraising and publicity for The Mariposa Foundation. By providing adolescent girls with specific job-skills training, they learn valuable lessons in financial independence, professionalism as they represent themselves and the Foundation and interact with community businesses and other organizations. We are very proud of our rising young entrepreneurs and expect great things from them in the future!

We recently took a group of 10 girls for their second round of dental checkups and are providing ongoing care and follow-up treatment to those who need it. Our sports program is flourishing, with more girls enrolled in tennis and soccer programs. Once a week, the Mariposas get professional coaching in tennis and soccer, with one of our younger girls almost ready to compete in national tennis tournaments!

Our third annual Girls Summer Leadership Program is fast approaching, and we are excited for another year of girls-only theatre, dance, arts, sports and academics in an encouraging, supporting and empowering environment. This year we hope to add twenty more young Dominican and Haitian girls from the community into our programs. Many of these girls will be either younger sisters or cousins of girls already enrolled in the program, thus contributing to our vision of working with families and communities in a holistic way. 

All of this would not be possible without your continued support, so thank you once again, and happy Spring!

Warmly,

The Mariposas

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Gracias!

Dear Friends,

We are thrilled to announce that Mariposa won the first ever Global Giving Girl Effect Challenge!

2011 has been a year of tremendous growth at The Mariposa DR Foundation and realizing our potential is only possible with the support of thoughtful people like you. 

This past fall was packed with lots of activities for the Mariposa girls including tennis, swimming, health and nutrition classes, sewing, art, dance, field trips and more!

On November 29th we took a very special field trip to Santiago to see the EVEOKE dance performance of Julia Alvarez's "In the Time of the Butterflies" - the girls enjoyed a modern dance interpretation of the famous story of the Mirabal sisters and got to meet famous author Julia Alvarez.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to all who supported Mariposa in 2011. It's been a great year.

Wishing you a warm, peaceful and very happy holiday season!

With gratitude,

The Mariposas

www.mariposadrfoundation.org

Mariposa Girls with famous author Julia Alvarez!
Mariposa Girls with famous author Julia Alvarez!

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Swimming lessons

Dear Friends,

We are extremely pleased to report on the accomplishments of the past few months for The Mariposa DR Foundation and share our plans for the upcoming year! The second year of our Girls Summer Leadership Program was a resounding success with 70 young Mariposas, ages 8-18, attending a four-week program run by international and local volunteers and certified teachers. The girls were immersed in a unique and creative hands-on learning environment that included sports, environmental education, theatre, dance and academic tutoring. Thanks to our community sponsors and partners, we also enjoyed many educational field trips to Puerto Plata and Sosua.

Our resource center has quickly become an important community center and safe house for both the younger and older Mariposas who often drop by to ask for help with homework, check out books from our library or play games and read in a quiet and welcoming environment. We also welcome many of the younger boys from the community who often follow their big sisters to the office and want to read as well!

One of our older Mariposas has been placed in a professional training internship with a local restaurant to be trained as a chef and understand restaurant management. She returns from every session eager to share everything she learned and has recently been trying her hand as a pastry chef! As more of our older Mariposas finish high school, we are looking to expand resources and options available to them for higher education and job placements like this position.

In July we started working with satellite Mariposa programs in the communites of Tres Ceibas and La Mina, and are hoping to continue working with adolescent girls in different communities along the North Coast.

This week, we will resume our regular programs starting with our Saturday camps and continuing with Health and English classes during the week. We have many exciting activities planned for the rest of the year and have a great team of staff, volunteers and parents to help support these young girls in their journeys of empowerment and education!

 

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With Gratitude,


The Mariposa DR Foundation

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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!  

For more real time updates "like" us on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/MariposaDRFoundation

With Gratitude,

The Mariposa DR Foundation

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