Mission, Vision & Inspirations

To educate and empower girls to create sustainable solutions to end generational poverty.

To create the model that can be adapted around the world for a holistic girls’ education and empowerment program to end generational poverty.

The mariposa (butterfly) is a universal symbol representing transition, freedom and peace. In the Dominican Republic, it was the code name given to our nation’s heroines, the Mirabal sisters who fought social injustice and gave their lives for freedom. The Mirabal sisters or “Las Mariposas” have become not just national heroines, but international symbols. In 1999, United Nations declared November 25th, the day of their murder, as International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Our founding Honorary Chairwoman, Jacqueline Guzman Mirabal, is the daughter of Maria Teresa Mirabal and served the organization from 2009 to 2015.

Our Honorary Chairwoman, Julia Alvarez, author of “In the Time of the Butterflies” continues to inspire the Mariposa girls with her writing, activism and annual visits to the Center.

In 2012 the Mariposa girls were inspired by the story of Malala, a young girl on the other side of the world that was shot for fighting for girls’ right to education and greater opportunities, the same things the Mariposa girls wanted. Our girls then held a “Yo soy Malala” (I am Malala) fundraiser and sent all of the proceeds to a fund in her honor. This is one example of how we continue to be inspired by the international girl movement and connect our work to the work of others around the globe.

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