Welcoming a New School Year!
With the school year beginning we wanted to take a moment to say thank you from all of us at the Mariposa DR Foundation for your support of the Mariposa Center for Girls. While we are not a school in the traditional sense of the word, there is an incredible amount of learning happening at the Center each day! In fact, the Mariposa center first girls is one of the premier educational institutions on the island of Hispaniola.
The Mariposa Center for girls is the second home and a safe space for girls from elementary school through high school. It is the only safe space for girls on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. Imagine a space where a young girl can come and feel safe and participate in yoga, music, tutoring, swimming, basketball, language, computers, robotics, ballet, and so much more. Incredible, right? That’s what it looks like at our Center on a daily basis!
The girls and young women in our programs are divided up into four groups:
The Maripositas are 8-11 years old and are in 2nd-5th grades. They attend programs at the Center in the morning, are provided lunch, and then go to school in the afternoon.
The Mariposas are 11-14 years old and in 6th-8th grades. The Mariposotas are 14-19 years old and in 9th-12th grades. Both the Mariposas and the Mariposotas attend school in the morning and then come to the Center for lunch and participate in programs in the afternoon
The Mariposas Volando are young women who are 17-23 years old and in college or working and are continually supported by MDRF staff. The do not attend programs at the Center on a daily basis, but often assist with programs and come for special events.
As we look forward to the excitement of a new year and continue to build and beautify our site, your support means so much to us. Be sure to follow us on social media to stay updated on our fall programs!