Investing in education is one of the most effective ways to help fight poverty and empower girls. Educated girls become intelligent, strong women who lead in their communities. The Mariposas’ scholarship program provides assistance for young women from six marginalized communities in the states of Puebla and Tlaxcala, Mexico to attend a university, giving them and their families an opportunity for a better future.
Mariposas’ scholarship recipients are selected from a talented pool of applicants that are from one of the six rural communities we work in. All have participated in Camp Mariposas and the majority of the scholarship recipients have also participated in our other two empowerment and leadership programs: Club Mariposas and Environmental Service Adventures.
Camp Mariposas, the first step to becoming a Mariposas, is our week-long annual leadership and empowerment camp that focuses on improving self-confidence and developing solutions to the obstacles faced by girls every day. Camp sessions include: goal setting, healthy relationships, reproductive health, team building and leadership. We aim to self-empower them to understand and realize that they are capable of reaching their full potential and achieving their goals. After the Camp most of the Mariposas want to further their education, but do not have sufficient financial resources to do so thus our scholarship program was born in order to support these girls in achieving their dreams.
To date we have proudly provided 17 college scholarships! Each college scholarship is $1,600/ year for four years, which supports their room, tuition, and board. Each recipient is required to maintain a 7 out of 10 GPA and to give back to their community by volunteering at least 70 hours a year. A great example is Bere, one of our first college scholarship recipients, who graduated in 2017 from BUAP (Mexican state university in Puebla) with a degree in Business Administration. In 2016, as part of her volunteer requirement she actively participated in the Environmental Adventure Program as a mentor and helped organize several projects back in her community. But don’t take our word for it, hear from Bere herself about the impact that your donation has had on her educational opportunities: bit.ly/BereMariposas
Every girl deserves the right to an education, but even if they have access to it other barriers can prevent them from graduating high school. Nationally, Mexican women face major social and health challenges due to the high prevalence of teenage pregnancy. Teenage pregnancy increases the probability of dropping out of school, living in poverty, having low-income jobs, and the risk of maternal death. Mariposas finds that by increasing educational opportunities and engaging young women to identify and achieve their goals/dreams we can help them graduate high school.
An inadequate educational system, a lower value placed on educating girls, and the gender-based disparities that exist in Mexico contribute to the fact that women face a lack of programs and resources focusing on leadership, education, and professional skills. One of the key ways young girls can avoid teenage pregnancy is through access to continued education. Educating young women does not only have a positive impact on the individual, but for every extra year of primary school it can boost a girl’s future wage from 10 to 20 percent and an extra year of secondary school increases that earning potential by 15 to 25 percent.
Specifically, according to the World Bank, increasing the share of women with a secondary education by 1 percent boosts annual per capita income growth of a Country by 0.3 percentage points. Beyond boosting a country’s economy, increasing a women’s wage can help provide economic security and independence allowing a woman to have more control of her life.
Mariposas is creating a ripple effect. In 2018, we conducted an impact survey across all of our participants and found 100% of Mariposas who participated in all three of our programs, the Camp, Environmental Service Adventures, and Club Mariposas, have graduated from high school. To read more about how Mariposas empowers young women to follow their dreams and focus on their education read our full impact report here: bit.ly/MariposasRipple
Empower Mariposas for
International Women’s day!
Our goal is to raise at least $4,800 USD through the HIPGive platform to continue to provide the opportunity for young women to reach their full potential and follow their dreams through our scholarship program and our other Mariposas educational and empowerment programs: Camp Mariposas and Environmental Service Adventures. Your financial support is critical to expanding the amount of opportunities we can offer to the young Mariposas which inspire them to graduate and enhance their communities. 100% of donations will
go directly to empower young women.
Your donation today will help us achieve this goal!
- $20 provides material for community service projects
- $50 provides 10 days of survival swim classes during Environmental Service Adventures
- $100 provides a stipend for one girl to attend Camp Mariposas
- $200 provides tuition for one girl for one month
- $800 provides tuition for one girl for a semester
- $1,600 provides tuition for one girl for a year
- $3,500 provides funding for the Camp Mariposas or Environmental Service Adventures
(1) World Health Organization (WHO), the is four times higher among adolescents younger than 16 years than women in their twenties in Latin America.
(2) Morton, Matthew; Klugman, Jeni; Hanmer, Lucia; Singer, Dorothe. 2014. Gender at work : a companion to the world development report on jobs. Washington, DC : World Bank Group. http://www.worldbank.org/content/dam/Worldbank/document/Gender/GenderAtWork_web.pdf
(3) UNICEF (2011) UNICEF says education for women and girls a lifeline to development
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