A first-rate facility that inspires achievement: In the fall of 2012, The Mariposa DR Foundation purchased a large piece of property in the town of Cabarete that was formerly a hotel. It had been vacant for many years, was run-down and needed extensive repairs. We transformed the entire area into a beautiful facility where underserved girls/young women come to engage in sports, receive academic tutoring, have access to libraries and computers, receive job and life skills training and health and wellness care. For the Mariposas, having their own safe space allows them to develop healthy relationships with mentors and other girls in the community, and feel empowered to make a difference in their lives, their communities and the world.
Our innovative Center attracts visitors from all over the globe. It is a place where educators and girl champions can share knowledge and best practices on how empowering girls will lift entire families out of generational poverty.
The Mariposa Center for girls is home to direct service programs for girls aged 8 – 18+
Mariposas participate in our regular programs on site throughout the academic year and during our summer camp.
To keep our girls in school and help them stay successful academically, we provide them with uniforms, school supplies, safe transportation and full scholarships. We offer extra academic support through tutoring and homework help both before and after school and during the summer. We work closely with educators to help Mariposas to be successful in school and offer additional support in the spectrum of basic literacy to STEAM courses.
On an island where climate change impacts day to day life, environmental education is crucial to creating strong future leaders. Experiencing nature firsthand teaches children to love and care for the environment, ensuring that they will grow into environmentally conscious adults. Mariposas learn earth science and ecology through field trips to the surrounding ecosystems. Our growing list of activities include gardening, nature hikes, surfing, SUP and beach cleanup. We also have a Riverkeepers program, where the Maripsoas are stewards of the nearby river, La Yásica.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
It is hard to learn when you don’t feel good or are tired. For this reason we teach self-care, mindfulness and health education. The Mariposa girls have weekly classes that cover an array of topics from sex education, hand washing and disease prevention, food preparation, and physical education. Every Mariposa has a well-check with a doctor and a dentist visit at least once a year. We also work to provide eye exams and assistance with eyeglasses. To practice self-care we also offer yoga and meditation classes on a weekly basis.
Getting involved in the community is a key pillar in our education model. The girls not only have the opportunities to contribute to creating clean and beautiful spaces, but they also serve as shining examples in their community as stewards of their environment. From community clean ups to mural paintings and volunteering in local schools, each Mariposa girl will participate in 15-20 hours of community engagement per year.