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WE ARE NOT JUST A CHARITY.

WE ARE AN INNOVATIVE LEARNING INSTITUTION AT THE FOREFRONT OF INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT.

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TABLE OF

CONTENTS our MISSION EDUCATE AND EMPOWER GIRLS TO CREATE SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS TO END GENERATIONAL POVERTY.

our VISION CREATE THE MODEL THAT CAN BE ADAPTED AROUND THE WORLD FOR A HOLISTIC GIRLS’ EDUCATION AND EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM TO END GENERATIONAL POVERTY.

Leadership 06 Service Learning 12 Experiential Learning 16 Community Engagement 21 Health & Wellness 28 Summer Program 30 Academic Enrichment 33 Donors 38 Financial Overview 48

CONTACT US US Address: DR Address: Phone: E-mail:

421 N. Aurora St. Ithaca, NY 14850 Calle Principal Cabarete, Dominican Republic (809) 571 0610 info@mariposadrfoundation.org

Website:

www.mariposadrfoundation.org Mariposa DR Foundation


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MEET THE TEAM

LEADERSHIP Patricia Thorndike Suriel, Executive Director and Founder Jessica Lawson, Co-Founder and Consultant Sarah Andersen, Volunteer Coordinator & Service Trip Leader Orchid Bowcutt, Cooking & Nutrition Teacher Amanda Bucci, Program Coordinator & Director of Art and Culture Pamela Cuadros, Graphic Designer Beti Eugene, Housekeeper Sarah Fisher, Administrative Director Fernanda García, Program Assistant Mary Jane García, Literacy Teacher Roberto Gomez, Groundskeeper Yahaira López, Office Manager Alexandra Milián, Psychologist 6 | MARIPOSA DR FOUNDATION 2016 ANNUAL REPORT

Ana Perez, Language & Literacy Teacher Anna Cait Wade, Associate Director of Donor Relations & Special Projects

INTERNS Ana Iris Araujo Rose Lourdes Macce Yanaira Rodriguez

PHOTOGRAPHER Amy Martin & Others


EXECUTIVE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Julia Alvarez Honorary Chairwoman

LETTER FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Aislinn Doyle President Jessica Mitchell Treasurer Raymond Jay Dunn Rosy Gonzalez Stacey Kertsman Bessie Speers Patricia Thorndike Suriel

ADVISORY BOARD Bill Eichner Emmanuel Franjul Holly Gordon Renee Grant-Mitchell Judy Greenberg Richard Hansen Deborah Harmon Bouknight Sara Lulo Nell Newman Caitlin O’Shea Yaneris M. Rosa Elizabeth Thorndike James C. White Michelle Wucker Joelle Wyser-Pratte

DOMINICAN BOARD Milagros de la Cruz Laurel Eastman María Elena Grateraux Claudia Schwarz Yajaira Lopez Francia Soranyi Lugo Patricia Thorndike Suriel

Dear Friends, This year our girls showed incredible courage in good times and in bad, first in January when they performed on stage for 2,000 people at the Red Robin Leadership Convention in Punta Cana, and again in November when their neighborhoods were flooded by torrential rain. As water rose in our community, many Mariposa girls were forced to move out of their homes to reach higher ground. After several days of trying to locate one of our girls and her family from the flooding, her single mother finally made her way back to our Center. In tears, she explained her desperate situation of water rising to her chest, sleeping with her daughters in beds that were small islands, surrounded by toxic water. After living in deplorable conditions in heavy rain for several days, they were finally able to relocate to her sister’s home in a community over an hour from Cabarete. In their move, her mother was able to leave with only a small backpack, filled with the most essential items; those of which included her daughter’s Mariposa t-shirts and school uniform. Since escaping the situation, both the mother and her daughters have suffered tremendously with reoccurring skin rashes and swollen, infected feet due to the water that was in their home. Her oldest daughter was hospitalized in Santiago and received treatment from an illness that has surfaced after the storm. During our talk, her main concern was not her home that she had invested her life savings in, nor her belongings that she lost in the storm, but rather her daughter’s desire to have normalcy again, to go back to her other home, The Mariposa Center for Girls, and to get back to her life as a young girl with a scholarship and opportunities that will allow her to rise out of poverty. Your continued support has allowed us to give so many girls and their families these opportunities and scholarships. The girls’ smiles in the photographs in this report reflect the desire and enthusiasm in all of you to create a better world. Our accomplishments this year are yours as well. On behalf of the Mariposa girls and their families, our staff and our executive boards, and in solidarity, we thank you. Sincerely,

Patricia Thorndike Suriel Executive Director


THE

MARIPOSA CENTER

FOR

GIRLS

Come visit our home here in Cabarete! The Mariposa Center for Girls, located right here in Cabarete, is a unique, international learning institution where girls, families, educators, activists, volunteers and girl champions come to co-develop creative solutions to serve girls here in the Dominican Republic. With wraparound services for girls, benefits for the entire family, partnerships with local businesses, and a robust service-learning program to engage the international community, Mariposa has developed a formula that is changing the game across the globe. Educating and empowering girls is the most effective way to end generational poverty. With the potential to bring their families and future generations along with them as they rise above the conditions they were born into, girls are the single most powerful force to affect positive change. Girls who were once seen as only domestic laborers, caretakers of younger siblings and financial burdens on their families, are now reading, surfing, swimming, going to high school, graduating, earning income and following their passions. They are the untapped talent pool for economic reform and the mothers of our future.

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Poverty is cyclical. The key indicator for determining if a child will end up in poverty is if his or her parents live in poverty. When a family lives in a crowded home in extreme poverty, each day it is a challenge to put food on the table, wash the one school uniform allocated for each child, care for the sick and maintain the home, and much of this responsibility will fall on girls at a very young age. Sexual and reproductive health information, products and services are not made easily accessible for girls, and the combination of poor quality public health services and low quality education that fails to educate the public is what is keeping communities poor. Major contributors to the cycle of poverty in the Dominican Republic are adolescent pregnancy and child marriage; over 40% of girls become mothers as teens and 28% of girls aged 11 – 15 have had at least one unwanted pregnancy.

The Dominican Republic is ranked 19th
in the world for highest rate of child marriage with a rate of 41%*. If girls are given a fair shot – access to quality education, health care, job and life skills training and social emotional support – they will marry later, have fewer, healthier children, earn income and invest it back into their family, breaking the persistent cycle of generational poverty. If there ever was a silver bullet, this is it. *In Latin America, informal unions—or cohabitation—are extremely common. In the DR and many other countries this helps mask the problem, as these unions often are not counted as “marriages.”

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L

ola joined Mariposa programs at 12 years

old, when we only had a dozen girls that would meet up for ice cream or to go horseback riding. We worked diligently to make sure all of our girls were in school and often had to call their parents or go to homes to negotiate for them to come to programs instead of doing domestic chores. Impoverished Dominican and Haitian girls work an average of 15,000 hours doing domestic chores before they turn 18, the equivalent of 7 years of full-time work with no vacation. Despite all of the challenges she faced, Lola is trilingual, an incredible musician, and artist. She got all A’s in school and won many awards. She is a leader, an environmentalist, an activist, and in many ways just a girl. We know that one day when she has her own children, she will ensure that they have the same opportunities she has had, and even more.

She and her children will break the cycle of generational poverty.

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SERVICE LEARNING

In 2016 we hosted

435 volunteers

from around the world! These volunteers engaged in meaningful service projects at the Mariposa Center for Girls and at our partner organizations, and were fully immersed in the rich culture of this small island nation. Projects included building, beautifying and repairing spaces at Mariposa and local schools, working in the classroom with Mariposa girls and local school children, and creating educational materials. For decades our founder and executive director has been using her experience in eco-tourism, education and non-profits to develop what we believe are the best service trips available anywhere. We continue to develop long-term partnerships with top educational institutions, educating Dominican and Haitian girls about the wider world, while also educating hundreds of international visitors each year about impoverished girls’ power to change the world.

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OUR 2016 VOLUNTEERS SUMMER

LONG TERM

LOCAL PART-TIME

Kierra Campbell

Briana Brandy

Keara Cormier-Hill

Shawn Caetta

Chelsea Muir

Chantler Davidson

Becca Pelham

Susan Feseinheimer

Emma Shoaf

Sherry Herdman

Synne Sørenes

Jann Julius

Flora Marquer

Vicky Brous

Christal Brown

Eva Bruins

Maddie Bruins

Sara Bruins

Romane Dardalet

Tori Dunn

Paola Fix

Kyla Floresca

Elena Forchielli

Evan Foster

Carter Hussey

Carlos Jambrina

Lia Junneman

Grace Killian

Ana Komar

Myia Miller

Gabriela Moses

Megan Myers

Christopher Perry

Minu Sadhegi

Tatianna Suriel

Jack Templeton

Sunniva Waldersløw

Emily White

Asia Winslow

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LEADERSHIP SUMMIT RED ROBIN

Photos courtesy of Unbridled Media

In April 2015, Mariposa Executive Director, Patricia Suriel received a call on her home phone in Cabarete from Unbridled, an event production and management agency out of Denver, Colorado; at first she thought it was a prank call, since everything they said on the other end sounded too good to be true.

and Nicole Rolstad and LeeAnne Stine from Red Robin. Together they developed quite possibly one of the most powerful and life changing events to ever be held for our girls and Red Robin team members.

The voice on the other end explained that they were representing a gourmet hamburger company out of the mid-west called Red Robin and that they wanted to bring about 2,000 people down to do service work for our girls. To top this off, they would be staying at the Hard Rock Hotel Resort in Punta Cana, a 9 hour bus ride away on the easternmost side of the island. Suriel wanted to be polite and say thanks but no thanks, how could this possibly work? On the other hand, she thought, how could we make this work and stay true to our mission? Over the next nine months Amanda Bucci and Sarah Fisher from Mariposa would meet on Wednesday for a one hour conference call with Merissa Winter and Mike Walsh of Unbridled 14 | MARIPOSA DR FOUNDATION 2016 ANNUAL REPORT


On February 2, 2016, 55 Mariposa girls and staff traveled 9 hours to the Red Robin Leadership conference at the Hard Rock Resort in Punta Cana to spend a few days with our 1,800 new friends, all of whom were sporting their “Supporting the World’s Most Powerful Force for Change” t-shirts. At the opening session of the retreat, the Mariposa girls rocked the stage, performing music and dance routines and engaging the crowd. The audience erupted in applause, tears, and excitement with the rousing performance. Together, both Mariposas and Red Robin team members participated in team building activities, where we learned to assemble mountain bikes in a fun, creative way. Much to the girls’ surprise, they got to bring the 60 Specialized mountain bikes back to Cabarete with them to share with all of the Mariposa girls! It was a fun filled few days of beach, pools, magic shows, all you can eat buffets. Cathy Cooney, Red Robin’s Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer was beside the girls every step of the way. Not only was this a well-deserved excursion for the Mariposa girls, it was also a chance to explore an all-inclusive resort, as this in itself was a special experience for all of the girls.

As tourism is the largest growing industry in the Dominican Republic, many of our girls are considering careers in tourism, and this was a chance of a lifetime for them to experience the client side first hand.

Not only did we leave Punta Cana with new bikes and an incredibly generous amount of school supply donations from Red Robin employees, but most importantly the corporate leaders of Red Robin and all of the Mariposa girls and staff left the retreat feeling inspired, motivated and empowered by the experience!

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EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

OLDER MARIPOSAS PARTICIPATE IN WORKSHOP ABOUT WOMEN LEADERS

*Sponsored by the US Embassy in Santo Domingo

Throughout the year, the oldest Mariposas learned about Dominican, Haitian and American women leaders and activists through art, literature, experiential learning and special visits from many of their new role models. As part of the project, the Mariposas visited the first women’s university in the DR founded by Salomé Ureña in the Colonial Zone in Santo Domingo. They were also invited by the US Embassy in Santo Domingo to participate in the GREEN FEST event at the Botanical Gardens, performing a lively selection of their original songs.


In April 2016, the workshop culminated with a spectacular final event, “Celebrating Our Similarities.” The girls each represented one woman from the comparative study and participated in a mock women’s conference that unified these leaders and activists from different times and places. The show combined rich elements from three different countries and over 500 years of history. Although each distinct in her own way, the Mariposas saw how despite time period or nationality, every woman surmounted many obstacles and fought for justice. In the future, we hope to see the Mariposa Center for Girls become an interactive learning environment and museum for girls. Visitors will have the chance to learn first-hand about these powerful female role models, as well as the Mariposas - THE WORLD’S MOST

POWERFUL FORCE FOR CHANGE!

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PRESERVING OUR WATERWAYS

“UNLESS SOMEONE LIKE YOU CARES A WHOLE AWFUL LOT, NOTHING IS GOING TO GET BETTER. IT’S NOT.” Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

*Sponsored by the US Embassy in Santo Domingo

The Mariposas are becoming marine experts and clean water activists! Through their experiential learning study of the Yasica River at La Boca, where the river meets the ocean, they are learning about aquatic species, freshwater ecosystems and the negative impacts pollution has on our waterways. On riverboat, kayaking and stand-up paddle board explorations of the environment, expert guides educated the Mariposas about local wildlife and the fishermen that depend on the river for survival. The girls also learned more about the negative impacts of plastic and trash pollution on the local wildlife and water cycle.

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TO DATE, THEY HAVE COLLECTED: 1337 PLASTIC BOTTLES 245 PLASTIC BAGS AS PART OF THEIR BEACH CLEANUPS!


THE RIVER STUDY HAS ALREADY BEGUN CHANGING THE ATTITUDES AND MINDS OF THE GIRLS. The Mariposas feel empowered as agents of change that have a responsibility to their community. When one girl, Luis Mina, observed a group at the river throw their trash on the ground, she informed her teacher that she was going to speak to them to inform them of the importance of disposing trash in the waste receptacles.

WE ARE SO PROUD TO SEE THE MARIPOSAS EMERGING AS PROTECTORS OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND EXPERTS OF THE LOCAL WATERWAYS.

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GIRLS HELPING GIRLS

MARIPOSA RECEIVED SO MANY EXCITING VISITS FROM AMAZING GIRL ACTIVISTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD! *Sponsored by the US Embassy in Santo Domingo Girl Rising film producer, Holly Gordon, helped student volunteers design an inspiring social media campaign, #nosoytumamacita to raise awareness about street harassment. The Mariposas later took over the campaign, creating social media posts and educational workshops to present in the local schools. The world’s most powerful force for change is making waves in Cabarete and around the world! Their posts about gender-based violence and the importance of girls’ education reached thousands!

Christal Brown, dance professor from Middlebury College.

We also enjoyed our visits from Christal Brown and Elizabeth Acevedo. Christal, a dance professor from Middlebury College, empowered the youngest Mariposas in her dance class with creative choreography to Beyonce’s “Run the World (Girls).” Liz, an acclaimed Dominican-American poet and inspirational speaker, shared her amazing work and helped the girls to transform their personal histories into powerful pieces of spoken-word poetry. At our year-end presentation the oldest girls presented their new written works with pride, affirmation, and strength!

Dominican-American poet, Elizabeth Acevedo.

The Mariposas were also able to travel to the Dominican-Haitian border to visit Julia Alvarez for the Border of Lights candlelight vigil. This special event gave the Mariposas important time to reflect about the 1937 Haitian Massacre ordered by Trujillo. Laura Peña is an accomplished Dominican-American animation artist. She came and taught a 3 week workshop on motion graphics with our girls, culminating in a video piece that was used as part of our “No Soy Tu Mamacita” campaign.

Girl Rising film producer, Holly Gordon.

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Each special guest in their unique way, helped our girls to learn, grow, and become more empowered. The Mariposas may never leave their island, but amazing women bring the world to them!


COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

At the end of 2016, we launched the 2017 Cabarete Responsible Tourism & Investment Guide , which is the sixth successful edition of the magazine produced by the Mariposa DR Foundation to support our community partners through advertising and to share the Mariposa mission and story to the thousands of tourists that visit Cabarete each year.

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UPCYCLED MADE FROM RECYCLED SAILS

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S

ailboat racers understand the importance of harnessing the power of the wind—of redirecting this energy to advance towards their goal. The Upcycled Sails Project harnesses this same momentum to steer these racing sails much further than the finish line in Newport, Rhode Island. The project steers these sails all the way to Cabarete, a water sport community on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, where they are “upcycled” into hand-crafted bags. Like a sailboat redirecting the power of the wind, Upcycled aims to redirect human environmental impact and harness this energy to provide economic opportunities for women in Cabarete and invest in educating Cabarete´s girls, the next generation of environmental stewards. Upcycled is a collaborative initiative between The Mariposa DR Foundation, 11th Hour Racing, and Laurel Eastman Kiteboarding School. Recycled sails, donated from 11th Hour Racing, are shipped from the United States to the Mariposa DR Foundation in Cabarete. Here, they are “upcycled” into new bags by a group of local seamstresses in a sewing workshop within the Mariposa Center for Girls. These bags are then sold both locally and abroad to provide a sustainable income for these women and their families, as well as to fund Mariposa’s environmental education curriculum. Upcycled reduces the number of racing sails being sent to landfills and instead uses them to create an income for women in Cabarete.

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Mamá Masón, the head seamstress for Upcycled, is a driving force behind Upcycled’s impact. Every day, Mamá Masón comes to the workshop at the Mariposa Center for Girls where she shares her expertise—developed over decades of sewing and 15 years working in kite repair—to teach women how to transform used racing sails into hand-crafted bags.

“EVERY SAIL THAT IS DONATED BECOMES A JOB, A SKILL, AN INCOME, A SENSE OF WORTH, AN OPPORTUNITY TO ADVANCE THE COMMUNITY.” Brock Callen, 11th Hour Racing Ambassador

Brock Callen, the 11th Hour Racing Ambassador who has been involved with the project from its inception, captures the essence of the project perfectly by saying: “Every sail that is donated becomes a job, a skill, an income, a sense of worth, an opportunity to advance the community.” These advances are already taking shape as Upcycled continues to grow. The project currently employs six local women as seamstresses, two being recent graduates of the Mariposa Program. Rosa Lourdes and Ana Iris both graduated from high school and Mariposa programs two years ago, and became involved with Upcycled this past year. Sewing is a valuable skill that can continue to open up job opportunities. Rosa Lourdes is already using her sewing skills as she studies fashion and designs her own clothes. Proceeds from the Upcycled bags benefit both the seamstresses and the students at the Mariposa Center for Girls, specifically through the Environmental Education Program.

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“As an entrepreneur I’m in love with the ‘social business’ model, creating jobs and sustainable income, and investing the profit in community development and environment feels fantastic.” Laurel Eastman


ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE MARIPOSA DR FOUNDATION;

permaculture gardening, environmental education classes, organic cooking classes, surfing, swimming, biking and other outdoor sports constitute a comprehensive curriculum with the goal of teaching students to love and care for the environment.

As the girls continue to develop an environmental understanding in Cabarete, Upcycled provides an opportunity for them to think globally. Patricia Thorndike Suriel, Mariposa’s Founder and Executive Director, describes how inspiring it is that “we can do our part in a small corner of the world (teaching Dominican girls skills: swimming, surfing, permaculture and ocean ecology) and now feel that we’re part of the bigger picture and not alone on our little island.” In this way, Upcycled represents both the importance of promoting environmental awareness at the local level in Cabarete, and also of developing an international dialogue where everyone can make a difference in protecting the environment. Like a sailboat race, the Upcycled Sails Project represents a forward momentum of education, training, and knowledge from one generation to the next. As the project continues to advance “winning practices,” we hope to see a new generation of environmentally-conscious individuals not just here in Cabarete, but wherever the wind may blow you.

You can purchase Upcycled bags at the Mariposa Center for Girls, Cabarete Coffee Company and Laurel Eastman Kiteboarding School. Soon at www.mariposadrfoundation.org

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FLOOD RELIEF In November 2016, the North Coast of the Dominican Republic experienced relentless rains that lasted for weeks and caused flooding that left hundreds under water. The response from our Cabarete community was overwhelming; neighbors came together to help by offering up their own homes as places of refuge, sharing food and water, and helping displaced families move their belongings from their flooded homes. As part of the Cabarete community ourselves, we at Mariposa wanted to do our part in supporting those affected by the flooding. Throughout these difficult weeks, we stayed focused not only on addressing the immediate needs of our Mariposa families, but also on what we could learn from this disaster in the long run. We have learned from past experience that providing quick, Band-Aid solutions, without considering long-term implications, leads to ineffective use of time and resources. In order to react appropriately, we developed both a short-term and long-term plan that we will continue to implement, update and evaluate year after year. We started by carrying out needs assessments, which allowed us to evaluate homes and living situations of more than 500 community members and to develop informed strategies.

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Our long-term projects in the past have continued to show us the importance of developing sustainable solutions to poverty. For example, we were reminded of the success of our housing program over the past six years during the flooding. With the help of Mariposa supporters, we have built and rented safer homes for many of our girls and their families.

WE ARE PROUD TO REPORT THAT DURING THE FLOODING, OUR EFFORTS KEPT 55 PEOPLE, MOSTLY CHILDREN, ABOVE WATER, AND THAT THESE RESIDENTS WERE ABLE TO SHELTER MORE PEOPLE IN THEIR HOMES.

OTHER COMMUNITY PROJECTS, SUCH AS THE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE DUGOUTS IN THE CABARETE BASEBALL FIELD--WHICH WE COMPLETED WITH THE ETHEL WALKER SCHOOL OF SIMSBURY, CONNECTICUT IN 2015--SAVED OVER 1,000 PEOPLE FROM CONTRACTING DENGUE FEVER, MOSTLY CHILDREN. While providing quality education to children is our primary focus, emergencies like these continue to show us the importance of improving living conditions, as we all know that living in extreme poverty takes a tremendous toll on the human spirit and hinders a child’s ability to learn effectively. These floods were a wake-up call –a clear indicator of not only the level of extreme poverty that many Dominican and Haitian families are living in, but the magnitude of the environmental devastation that is a serious reality in Cabarete. It is our hope that our past and future projects will continue to help our community to be more resilient in these types of emergencies and that the families we help will be empowered to act as multipliers and offer support to those around them.

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HEALTH & WELLNESS This year, the Mariposa DR Foundation continued to expand health and wellness programs to empower our girls with the knowledge, resources, and experiences to lead healthy lives and become health advocates in their own communities.

In the Mariposa Center, we held our 4th annual Health Fair in the fall, where over 110 girls received annual health and vision check-ups. Additionally, Mariposa girls participated in workshops on dental hygiene, self-care during their menstrual cycle and healthy eating, while parents and guardians discussed alternatives to violence in disciplining children and self-advocacy in doctor’s visits. The Fair concluded with HIV tests open to the public in partnership with long-time community partner, CEPROSH (Center of Advancement and Human Solidarity).

In the Main Kitchen, we increased the portion sizes of the healthy food options for breakfast and snacks. We held classes in the Teaching Kitchen where our girls learned about nutrition, culinary arts, and healthy eating choices available in their own communities.

Following another Mariposa tradition, Mariposas in 7th, 8th and 9th grade attended workshops on sexual health and resources for women experiencing sexual violence with the Department of Women, the Center of Advancement and Human Solidarity and the Care Unit for Victims of Sexual and Interfamilial Violence in Puerto Plata. 28 | MARIPOSA DR FOUNDATION 2016 ANNUAL REPORT

Additionally, girls from our youngest Maripositas to our Mariposas Volando participated in active classes to promote a healthy lifestyle such as: • • • •

Kickboxing Surfing Cycling Dance


YOGA & MINDFULNESS

Mariposa remains very aware of the challenges and stressors our girls face every day while living in poverty. At the core of our mission is a desire to interrupt this harsh cycle of generation after generation living a life of hardship. Although the Mariposas are on the rise - as leaders in their community, as scholars, athletes and artists - their bodies and minds still endure a lot of stress as they work to lift their families out of poverty. Enter mindfulness. RESEARCH HAS SHOWN THAT MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION ARE

POWERFUL TOOLS THAT HELP CHILDREN FOCUS, RELAX THEIR BODIES, AND BE KINDER TO CLASSMATES. This is because mindfulness has the power to change the structure of the brain, creating

new pathways which increase attention and concentration and decreasing the brain’s “fight or flight” center which is responsible for inducing fearful and anxious emotions.

At Mariposa, we are excited to share these highly adaptable coping skills with our girls. The Mariposas engage in a variety of mindfulness practices including deep breathing exercises, conscious eating, yoga, guided imagery and more. The Mariposa teachers learn about different mindfulness practices they can use in their classrooms at their weekly staff development meetings so that they can continue to share more practices with our girls. Many Mariposas have reported that they are less stressed, and they now know more ways to calm themselves down in difficult times.

We are excited to be using these amazing tools to help our girls cope with stress in a healthy way!

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SUMMER PROGRAM

This summer the younger Mariposas participated in swimming and surf lessons, worked on math skills, strengthened reading comprehension, studied English, practiced environmental stewardship in outdoor education class, expressed themselves through art and boosted their confidence through dance!

They have so many different talents & skills!

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THIS SUMMER WE HELD OUR 3RD ANNUAL MARIPOSA SURF COMPETITION AND IT WAS A GREAT SUCCESS!

The oldest Mariposa girls also all had internships in the community as a part of our job skills training program.

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This summer, the Mariposa DR Foundation debuted its new biking program! Through a generous donation from Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, we now have 60 bicycles and helmets to use to teach our girls how to ride bikes and give them greater mobility. The summer camp for the older girls included daily biking classes in which the girls explored their community through various bike routes and learned basic bike maintenance.

The Mariposas can now be found cycling through the city!

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ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT This year’s Mariposas Volando (Flying Butterflies) are taking off! These five graduates set milestones in Cabarete, each being the first girls in their families to complete high school and pursue higher education or trade programs. During the months leading up to and following their high school graduation, our Mariposa Center team helped them to prepare for the “real world” with resume building, job skills training, and college counseling. We know success looks different for every girl, and we are so excited to see where their unique paths will take them!

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PRIVATE SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS FOR ALL MARIPOSA GIRLS

Mariposa is now providing scholarships for all of our girls to attend private schools! In addition, we provide an entire support system to keep girls in school. Students are expected to buy their own textbooks, uniforms, and school supplies - even at the public schools. These costs make school very expensive for families and often the daughters are the first to be kept home for economic reasons. At Mariposa, girls receive everything they need to succeed in school, as well as safe transportation, healthy meals, and annual health check-ups so that they have healthy bodies to support their eager minds! We were also able to make a large donation of school supplies to the local public schools thanks to generous donors like you! We continue to support the improvement of local public school while making sure the Mariposa girls get the best education available at private schools.

¥WELCOME MARIPOSITAS! Mariposa is excited to welcome 14 new butterflies into the program! For some, like Annabelle, at 7 years old it is their first time attending school. Others, like Karina, have been eagerly waiting for years to have their own pink uniform shirt and follow in their older Mariposa sisters’ path.


INTERNATIONAL AWARENESS

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL

This International Day of the Girl we celebrated girlhood from all over of the world! The adolescent girl dancers of Kalalu Danza taught art, theater and dance workshops to the Mariposas. We also inaugurated artist Xavier Ringer’s mural at the Center for Girls, which the Mariposa girls helped to design and co-create.

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INTERNATIONAL AWARENESS

WOMEN DELIVER

Our founders Tricia and Jessica attended the 2016 Women Deliver Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark thanks to an opportunity grant from Global Fund for Children! Women Deliver brings together diverse voices to drive progress, forge partnerships and spark political commitment and investment in girls and women. Women Deliver’s 4th Global Conference, May 16-19, 2016, was the largest gathering on girls’ and women’s health and rights in the last decade and one of the first major global conferences following the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Almost 6,000 people from 169 countries participated.

GLOBAL FUND FOR CHILDREN’S South American Regional Meeting

Mariposa’s psychologist Alexandra went to Lima, Peru to represent the Mariposa DR Foundation at Global Fund for Children’s South American Regional Meeting. It was an enriching experience to share best practices with other organizations working to improve conditions for children in Latin America!

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NO SOY TU MAMACITA SOCIAL CAMPAIGN

Mariposa staff, volunteers, and girls created our own social media campaign for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

#nosoytumamacita (I am not your little mama)

Mariposa used this hashtag as a way of speaking back against the violence that is targeted at women and girls daily. As a part of this campaign, girls and women around the world also posted photos of themselves affirming their identities. The Mariposas also led community workshops in schools and spread awareness throughout Cabarete. They are fierce leaders in the girl movement! MARIPOSA DR FOUNDATION 2016 ANNUAL REPORT | 37


OUR 2016 DONORS

Global Giving UK

Sherry Herdman

Donna Heskett

Don Husby

Ithaca Apartment Management

Barbara and Mark Kemenosh

McNulty Charitable Foundation

Ann Lagan and Jean Paul Poulin

Stephen and Courtney Robinson

$25,000 – $49,999

Kevin Sheaffer

11 Hour Racing / Schmidt Family Foundation

LeAnne Stine

Elizabeth and Edward Thorndike

James White

$50,000 + • Dunn Family Charitable Foundation • The Gallegos Family • Global Giving • US Embassy Santo Domingo •

(Vanessa Pezzotti-Venafro)

th

$10,000 – $24,999 •

Anonymous in honor of Alison and Amanda

Bouknight family

$100 - $499

$5,000 - $9,999

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary 148

Better World Books dri Defense Research Institute Dale & Betty Ann Frey Family Foundation Bessie and Thomas Speers

Earth Bennett

Justin Bennett

Valerie Blaylock

Linda and Paul Brazda

$1,000 - $4,999

Brian Casselman

Mary Catherine Cooney

Charles Cycon

Julia Coronado

Joel Dodge

Barry and Jennifer Crosthwaite

Aislinn Doyle

Charles Forsythe

Susan Fraser

Global Fund for Children

Martyn Gallina-Jones

Go Fund Me

Regina and Joseph Goodwin

Stacey Kertsman

Billerica Assembly Number 61 I.O.R.G.

Barry and Kathleen Langton

Berit Gordon

Minerva Educational Foundation

Judy Greenberg

Jessica Mitchell

Gina Gutierrez

Adelfi Cruz-Molina

Rachel Haddock

Victoria Murray

Whitney Haseman

Karen Silverman

Hernando Hernandez

Honeywell International Corp. (Yaneris Rosa)

• • • •

$500 - $999

Shawn and Meghan Hurley

Agava Restaurant / Vicki Taylor Brous

JAM Session LLC

Julia Alvarez and Bill Eichner

Jeck Family Charitable Fund

Egg Harbor Township Board of Education

Jennifer and Lajos Kamocsay

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Patricia Karl

Bilha Bryant

John Leddy

Megan Butler

S Ledlie Loring

Elizabeth Cannon

Michael Maiman

Kathleen Cantlon

John and Shana Maldonado

Petra Cechova

Michael and Kris McKeigue

Rachel Chabot

Sam and Vera McLafferty

Julie Childers and Laura Abrasley

John McNamara

Clare Conroy

Joshua Mitchell

Crescent Associates

Rob and Laura Moore

Aixa Cruz

Robert McMath Secondary School

Kelliann DeCarlo

National Cathedral School

Kimberly and Nicholas Deleonardis

Sean O’Connor

Hilary Detmold

Melissa Pamperin

Amber Dewey

Christopher Perry

Morgan Diegel

Sue Sanborn

Rachel Donner

A. Santos

Linnea Doyle

Emily Shield

Ilana Elroi

Kate Simon

Jillianna Farietta

Abigail Snyder

Kristen Fegan

Erica Timm

Peng Feng and Jianqing Luo

United Way of Columbia-Willamette

Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund from Matthew Day & Catherine Stabile

Varadero Capital from Isabel Guerrero

Emma Frost

Helen Walsh

Anna Fuertes

Timothy Webb

Jennifer Garron

Michelle Wetlaufer

James and Maureen Gass

Elaine Whitaker

Susanne Goldmann

Stephen Zelinsky

Todd Gordon

Grantham, Mayo, van Otterloo & Co.

Alyssa and Daniel Gusenoff

$1 - $99 •

Antonina Abate

Katherine Hackett

Christina and Seth Alexander

Adrianne Hamilton

AmazonSmile

Alexandra Hanin

Patricia Andersson

Morgan and Mai Hanlon

Robert and Charissa Ang

Amy Harwell

Leticia Arcoverde

Elizabeth Hayes

Elizabeth Belnap

Tiffany Holland

Karen Bennett

Kenneth J. Hughes Jr.

Juliet Bennett McCormick

Molly Huldt

Kathryn and Christopher Brigham

Lauren and William Hunt

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Lauren James

Michael Luis Risotrucci and Luis Vivanco

Kirsti Johanson

Maria Rodriguez

Casie Jones

Susan Roth

Chris Jones

Helena Rueff

Marie Jordan

Geri Russillo

Masahiko Kanai

Jordan Sanchez

Makaela Kingsley

Susan and Curtis Sayers

Maria Kuznetsova

Charlotte and Glen Schepers

Steven Lawler

Lauren Scott

Kara Leaman

Myriem Seabron

Yair Leviel

Andy Shen

Hope Levy

Olivia Shifflett

Beverly Loebenberg and Nanette Fridman

John and Meini Shin

Maryann Lofton

Raquel Sidie-Wagner

Adelaide Luhman

Lisa Sprang

Brielle Lysaght

Barbara Stanley

Robert Mallis and Kristine Brazin

Gary and Susan Sitner

Allison McAleer

Ruth Steinhausen

Amanda McClendon

Tzippy Stern

Danielle McDougall

Shannon Sudderth

Judy Messick

Kaitlyn Sudol

Eva Miller

Deborah Taylor

Scott and Marion Miller

John Templeton

Sharmaine Moody

Julia Toy

Lindsay Myers

Aisha Turnquist

Hannah Nielsen

Josephine Ventura

Michael and Colleen Nolan

Mariona Vila Bonilla

Gwen Norris

Anna Wade

Rachel Overton

Deborah Watrous

PayPal Giving

Nicole Webb

Amy Paysnick

Amy Whitaker

Kristen Pomroy

Bo Zhao and Qinglin Zeng

Andy and Amy Quach

Judith Quinlan

Savanah Rawlings

Stanley and Carol Riemer

¡GRACIAS!

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Crowdfunding is an important part of our fundraising strategy in the social media age. We are proud to be recognized as a Superstar, Top-Ranked, and Vetted organization working with Global Giving. Thank you to all of you who made online contributions big and small!

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$1,000 +

Anonymous Claudia Troncoso Fred Schindler Julia Alvarez & Bill Eichner Michael Chazen Nichole Fahey Pure Good Foundation

$500 – 999

Diemut Nadal Iguana Mama Lewis Gray Linn Åsheim Mary Berens Theresa Epting Todd Dailey

$100 – 499

Adrian Kavanagh Alison Lockwood Amanda Davis Andrea Fogarasi Anna Wade Anne Brinser Anne Lagan Audrey Bayard Brenda Boon Brogiin Keeton Caitlin O’Shea Carla Burns Chanda Kelly Christine Doyle Christopher Wade Cindy Ridgway Clairan Ferrono Colleen Valerio Cory Weiss Danielle Appignani David Gates Doug Karr Eleanor Maguire Elizabeth Whalen

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Erika Chin • Robin L Becker $10 – 99 Eva Knof • Sandie McCoy • Aarnes Camilla Blom Fatima Escano • Santiago Grullon • Abbe Herzig Gretchen Bieber • Scott Hanayik • Abel Polanco Hillary Campbell • Staci Darmody • Ahreum Yoon Holly Gordon • Stefanie Lachenauer • Alexis Mahon Iris Davila • Susan Niedt • Allie Ziebell Bast Janet Welz-Kavanagh • Susann Nordrum • Allison Freedman Janice Jorgensen • Thomas Abbate • Amy Hauser Jenny Advocat • Tim Meyer • Ana Hinojosa Jessica Hirst • Tina Shen • Andrea A Pullen Jessica Mitchell • Todd Brazda • Anna Spykerman Joan Arches • Anne Covert John Kemenosh • Annie Forrest Jordonna Dores • Anny Escobar Julia Kielanowska • Ashley Leak Juliet Muccillo • Ashley Santos Karen Rosario Karen Silverman Karen Welz Katherine Connolly Katherine Herold Katherine Otero Kathleen Cole Kevin Hanlon Laurel Eastman Lawrence Mason Leo Egan Linda Brazda Linda Teasdale Lisa Breitmayer Lynn Chasson Mari-Lynn Poskin Marybeth Flynn In 2016 we raised over Michele Wilcox Myia Miller Nelly Trejo Nicolas Suriel Norman Weaver through more than Patricia Bennett Patrick Kavanagh 200 donors on Global Giving! Patrick Williams Phyllis Lawson

$45,950

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Aswin R Aurore Citerici Barbara Stearns Barbara Stein-Stover Bettina Gastineau Bianca Ward Bill Heric Boris Minkin Brenda Juba Briana Green Caitlin Droste Callie Graham Candace Shadley Carrie Acres Carrie Vogelsang Catherine Miller Chaumtoli Huq Chris Bakos Christopher Perry Christy Jones Colleen Kavanagh Daniel Scheibe Debbie Díaz Ortiz Deidra Ciolko Diane Guthrie Dominic Shipsey Ed Thorndike Eleanore Grochowska Elizabeth Acord Elizabeth Anderson Elyse Transon Emely Vargas Erik Wiken Erin Plummer Frederique Vergnes Grace Eccleston Gregar Brous Griselda Fermin Haley Kerr Hanna Minkin Hannah Schmidt Harold Leve Heather Hurd Hector Alvarez Helen James Hilary Miller Iliana Romero James Lacey Jannie Frierson Jay Berendes Jay Fisher Jeana Magallon

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Jennifer Mathews Jessica Mulqueen JM Montufar John Daly John Wade John Walsh Joseph Pennington Judith B Greenberg Julie Glisky Juliet Bennett McCormick Julio Landaeta Katie Hobart Kayla Wendorff Kendall Council Kimberly Ball Kimberly Wade Kurt Wootton Lacey Schroeder Laura Flynn Laura Taylor Leanna Tanner LeAnne Stine Liana Bayne Lisa Hamburg Lisa Isaacson Luis Inoa Marissa Williams Mark Richardson Martijn Soolingen Mary Felton Mary-Caitlyn Valentinsson Meaghan Highwood Michael Lee Michelle Guzman Miriam Pena Mirya Holman Mykal Urbina Ngina Bowen Nicole D’Angelo Nicole Nadler Paige Seiber Pamela Mieses Pat Sulewski Patricia Suriel Patsy Mennuti Priscilla Gonzalez Rafael Mercedes Ramon Abud Collado Rebecca Kidder Richard Hansen Robinson Moore Roderick Klinger

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Rodrigo Villegas Rosemarie Hidalgo-McCabe Sandra Castor Sarah Brunsberg Sarah Simkin Sarian Holt Shaune Berg Sheldon Corchado Stephanie Roble Steven Fisher Susan Lacy Susan Rohrback Susy Giddy Sydney Lipez Tehka Bowen The Girls Tiffany Barnett Tim Head Toni Harkins Tony Hawgood Valarie Mulberry Wendy Wasserman William Desern William Towner Yesenia Cruz

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IN KIND • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Julia Alvarez • Alison Anderson • Jenni Arcieri • Anahid Avakian • Maggie Barton • Savannah & Julia Basset • Bead It • Sara Bruins • Daniel Bryan • Elodie Burtin • Taylor Canfield • Cynthia Carrion • Kelley Carter Carol Castle Castilleja School Tricia Crowley Regis & Steve Donohue Kelly Driscoll Lisa Durant Kina Dzimira East Wind Landscape Nursery Education First groups Andrew Escoll Stacia Foresta Girl Scouts of Cranford Gordito’s TexMex Restaurant Donna Grasso Marta Julio Galaz Stacey Kertsman Keuka College Division of Nursing Elizabeth Kiss Ana Komar Kool Smiles Dentistry Lazy Dog Restaurant Judy Leipnitz Kathryn Lund Jill Maddams Jeanne Marcelino Microsoft via TechSoup Juan Ignacio Milanese Myia Miller Krista Moody Gabriella Moses Nora Mouffouk-Pawlaczyk National Coalition for Girls Schools Kristen Newman Abigail Norfleet Amber Perna Christopher Perry Quickbooks via TechSoup

Red Robin International Stephanie Roble Barbara Sindoni Tom & Lisa Storm Tatianna Suriel TechSoup Olive Thompson Patricia Thorndike University of Virginia Anna Cait Wade Emily White Lora You

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PRO BONO

Elizabeth Acevedo Noelia Alguacil Maggie Barton Orchid Bowcutt Steven Bowcutt Briana Brandy Vicky Brous Christal Brown Eva Bruins Maddie Bruins Sara Bruins Shawn Caetta Kierra Campbell CEPROSH Kaiceitos Circus Keara Cormier-Hill Pepe Coronado Romane Dardalet Chantler Davidson Tori Dunn Beatrice Escoffier Susan Feseinheimer Paola Fix Kyla Floresca Elena Forchielli Evan Foster Global Fund For Children Elizabeth Gomez Holly Gordon Gratereaux Delva Asoc. Guzman & Ariza Sherry Herdman Carter Hussey Marie Jaccard Carlos Jambrina Jiu Jiutsu de la Costa Jann Julius Lia Jünneman Kaiceitos Circus Grace Killian Ana Komar Erika Lokyer Katie Lokyer Flora Marquer Myia Miller Monkey Jungle Gabriela Moses Chelsea Muir Megan Myers Johannil Napoleón

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Susann Nordrum Becca Pelham Jenny Peña Laura Peña Christopher Perry Gideon Plaut Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso Minu Sadhegi Emma Shoaf Synne Sørenes Freddy Suriel Tatianna Suriel Talia Tavarez Vasquez Jack Templeton Naurio Vargas Anna Cait Wade Sunniva Waldersløw Emily White Asia Winslow


Mariposa girl Elisa’s summer internship was working at LEK because her passion is teaching sports.

COMMUNITY Cabarete, there’s no place quite like it in the world. In our community, small acts of kindness go a long way.Thank you to all of the local businesses that support our work and the girls of Cabarete by contributing funds, food, supplies, space, time and talent. None of this would be possible without you! • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

321 Take Off 3 Mariposas Montessori Andari SPA Aqua Restaurant Beach Club Bliss Blue Moon Retreat Cabarete Coffee Company CEMEDIN CEPROSH Chez Arsenio Dominican Fisherman Encargo PAQ Fresh Fresh Cafe Gorditos Gratereaux Delva Asoc.

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Guzman Ariza Hotel Villa Taina Iguana Mama Isla Academy Jiu Jiutsu de la Costa Kaiceitos Circus Kaya Energy Group Kayak River Adventures La Casita de Papi Laurel Eastman Kitboarding (LEK) Millennium Resort Monkey Jungle Natura Cabana Otra Cosa Restaurant Seguros Universal Ultravioleta Boutique Residences

• Yalla Restaurant • Yamazato • Zendo Fitness

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PROFILES IN GENEROSITY GERALD McELROY This November, Gerald McElroy of Kaya Energy hosted a joint fundraiser for the Mariposa DR Foundation and Yspaniola Foundation to celebrate his birthday. The event, hosted at Chez Space in Santo Domingo, brought together nonprofit leaders, Dominican and Haitian youths, politicians and key community members. Senior Mariposa girls especially enjoyed speaking at the event about their experience as Mariposas, the opportunity to meet U.S. Embassy Ambassador, and spending time with Minou Mirabal. Thank you, Gerald, for this amazing opportunity!

VICKI TAYLOR BROUS Vicki Brous has generously devoted her time, energy and passion to Mariposa, as both a volunteer and a fundraiser. This fall, she hosted a small event at her restaurant, Agava, (a Suriel Family favorite) in Ithaca, New York to raise funds for the Mariposa girls. Guests sampled Agava’s legendary food with a menu of Dominican cuisine and spirits while learning more about Mariposa from Executive Director, Patricia Thorndike Suriel, and Vicki. We are excited for many more years of partnership and collaboration!

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THE GALLEGOS FAMILY

CLASS OF 2023

CLASS OF 2024

For several years, the Gallegos family of Orinda, California has spent their summer in Cabarete. In 2015, their friend Laurel Eastman introduced them to the Mariposa DR Foundation, and they immediately began extending their support. Their support ensures that the Mariposa girls continue to receive important health programming and high quality education. We are so touched that the Gallegos family’s favorite summer escape has come to mean so much more. We are inspired by their incredible generosity and their smart investment in the world’s most powerful change!

Through their sponsorship of the Health & Wellness classroom and Mariposa classes of 2023 and 2024, they have given over

$60,000

to the Mariposa DR Foundation.

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FINANCIAL OVERVIEW FUNDS RAISED IN THE DR

$32,650

IN-KIND

$177,193

FUNDS RAISED IN THE US

PRO-BONO

$196,480

$815,736

IN 2016 WE RAISED OVER

$1,200,000

PROGRAMS

100

90%

80

USE OF FUNDS

60

ADMINISTRATIVE

40

20

0

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6%

FUNDRAISING

4%


Together we will create a model for the world. Working with girls is both challenging and rewarding. We know that our investment in girls is closing the gap on generational poverty. There’s still more work and more learning to do. We have already engaged thousands of dedicated volunteers, donors, educators and partners. Now is the time to build upon these relationships, create new ones, and share best practices. We believe our campus is the ideal place to do just that.

How can you help?

The Mariposa DR Foundation is a US 501(c)(3)

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Send a check to our US office:

Visit our donation page at:

Call us at

The Mariposa DR Foundation 421 North Aurora Street Ithaca, NY 14850

www.mariposadrfoundation.org

To arrange a visit!

809 571 0610

“I am so thankful that Mariposa has given me the opportunity to further my knowledge and to accomplish my goals so that I can achieve my dreams. I have to thank them also for being patient and supportive of me, even in my worst moments. Thank you, Mariposa.” viviana, number of years in Mariposa: 8

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Mariposa DR Foundation 2016 Annual Report  
Mariposa DR Foundation 2016 Annual Report