The Mariposa DR Foundation
Rating: 4.94 stars 36 reviews
Issues: Human Services
Location: 309 Third Street Ithaca NY 14850 USA
Target demographics: Adolescent girls ages 11-17 living in extreme poverty in the Dominican Republic.
Geographic areas served: North Coast
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I learned about the Mariposa Foundation on my second visit to the Dominican Republic. By chance I met Tricia and Jessica after I read about the foundation in a local publication. Their story about the work they were doing was so compelling that I asked if I could visit the modest building where they hold some of their activities and meet some of their girls. As an lifelong educator and advocate for at risk youth, I was profoundly impacted by the level of the commitment of the staff and the volunteers. It was amazing to me how they did so much with so little! I was so impressed by the work being done by the Mariposa Foundation that I when I returned to my home town I repeatedly told my friends, family, and anyone who would listen about the foundation. I also encouraged them to donate money and to send supplies. I am always thrilled to hear about the work of the Mariposa Foundation because it reinforces to me what is possible through passion, hard work, and courage. They are building a model that can be replicated in other countries where they realize that educating and developing girls and young women has a direct and positive impact on the entire community.
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