In 2017, our top goal is to strengthen our current programs and continue to grow our support network; enabling us to empower more young women. I am happy to report that we are making great progress towards achieving these goals. I cannot achieve these goals on my own so I would like to thank our Board, Elena, Karen, Rachel, and Laura, our newest Board Member, and the many volunteers who worked tirelessly to ensure each program is a success. I would also like to thank the Mariposas participants, which keep growing every year. This year we have over 12 young women applying for 3 scholarship spots. These young women commit to our programs and dedicate themselves to not only reaching their goals but elevating their community. I could not be prouder of each and every one of you.
Last but certainty not least, I would like to thank you, our supporters. Without your generous contributions, none of our achievements over the past 4 years would be possible.
With my sincerest thanks, Tessa
The generous parents of our Board Member, Rachel Sheridan, are looking for donors to maximize their impact. They will match up to $1,600, 1 full-year scholarship, as a match to your donation. This will provide at least 2 young women with full-year scholarships!! Donate by July 19, 2017 to double your impact!
Our first race fundraiser, EcoRun 5K, was held on June 4th in the beautiful Ecological Park in Puebla, Mexico. It was a great success with over 150 participants! We were fortunate to secure over 12 race sponsors from both the U.S. and Mexico including Whole Foods, Holiday Inn, Platypus, Sealine, and Packtowl. In addition to raising funds for Mariposas’ programs, the race promoted World Environment Day and allowed the community to become more familiar with Mariposas Club activities during the EcoFair, held after the race. During the Fair, 4 Mariposas Clubs gave environmental workshops on vertical gardens, composting, making items out of recycled material, and much more! In total, over 40 Mariposas volunteered and we raised over $800 USD.
Thank you to all those who participated and our sponsors! We are looking forward to next year!
We have 2 new clubs! Club Mariposas Serdánand Texmalaquilla.The Club in Serdán has adopted a section of a community park and organizes weekly programs to clean and maintain the park. On the first day, they have already made an impact. After seeing the Club in action, neighbors came out to lend a hand and join in on the fun! The Club in Texmalaquilla recently spun off from the Atzintinzla Club to address the needs of their small community. For their first project, they posted information on how to properly separate garbage and keep the community park clean. In this small community of approximately 1,500, the park is where adults meet and children play so the Club wanted to increase the communities conscientious to keep it clean and care for the green space.
We are very proud to announce that this year four young ladies from Camp Mariposas 2014, 2015, and 2016 will participate in the “1000 girls, 1000 futures“ program. This is a year-long program focusing on STEM-mentoring for high-school girls designed by the New York Academy of Sciences in partnership with the U.S.- Mexico Foundation. Here they are pictured with US-Mexico Foundation CEO and President, Rebeca Vargas Congratulations! Over 10 Mariposas graduated from High School! We cannot wait to see what they accomplish next!
Citally participated in Camp Mariposas 2014 and is finishing her second year as a Mariposas scholarship recipient. She is studying dental medicine at a local university in Tehuacan, Puebla. She aspires to open her own practice in her hometown and provide dental hygiene to a community that currently has limited or no access to dental services. We were fortunate to have her as one of our two mentors during our first Environmental Service Adventures program in 2016. During the program, she led a session on “What Is Real Beauty” and assisted in budget management. Her knowledge and optimism influenced the six younger participants in creating lasting friendships and a strong support network.
Due to your support, Citlally was the first in her family to go to college and has inspired her younger sister, Lupita to follow in her footsteps. This year Lupita attended the 2017 Camp and joined Club Mariposas Atzitzintla.
Esmeralda, or Esme, is entering her final year at a university in Puebla, Mexico where she is studying Physical Therapy. She decided to enter the field of Physical Therapy because it is very humanistic and she enjoys helping people. She takes pride helping rehabilitate her patients, enabling them to regain function and improve their quality of life.
Esme was selected as one of our two mentors for the 2017 Environmental Service Adventures program and helped as a volunteer lead in the EcoRun and EcoFair.
This is a great photo of Esme at her internship at the Basic Rehabilitation Unit in Puebla. You can see the various pieces of equipment that she uses to improve the functionality of her patients.
Mariposas is looking for your help! In additional to the 4 young women who are already receiving a Mariposas Scholarship, we are looking to provide 3 additional young women with scholarships this fall. But we cannot do this without your generosity.How can you help? 1.Invest in Education and Become a Regular Donor!Click Here!