DOMINICAN REPUBLIC PROGRAM
ASTEP at Mariposa DR Foundation
Through 6-8 week sessions offered three times a year, ASTEP Volunteer Artists deliver performing and visual art classes for the Mariposa Center for Girls, an after-school facility for girls in the Cabarete Community of the Dominican Republic. The Center provides activities such as sports, academic tutoring, job training, health and wellness care with the belief that empowering girls will lift entire families out of generational poverty.
The Mariposa DR Foundation was founded in 2009 by a group of caring volunteers and children who were inspired by past works, and the urgent need for community-based solutions to end poverty. Their mission is inspired by the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. These goals include eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education, promoting gender equality and empowering women, reducing the child mortality rate, improving maternal health, combating HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases, ensuring environmental sustainability, and developing a global partnership for development. They believe that achieving these goals is dependent upon the education and empowerment of women and young girls.
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