Finca Alta Gracia

School for disadvantaged girls, Dominican Republic

 

As of July 2020, together with the local Mariposafoundation, we are opening a school for about 60 children in the rural village of Los Maranitos in Dominican Republic. The village is a small tight-knit community of about 200 people where electricity is inconsistent, water is scarce and half of the population is under 18. There is only one room schoolhouse that goes up to third grade. The next closest public school after third grade is a 2 mile walk in mountainous terrain and takes 45 minutes.  When it rains or weather is inclement, the children cannot make the walk and often miss many days of school. The long walk and the inadequate standard of the education make many of the children stop their schooling after third grade.

 

For several years the Mariposa Foundation has demonstrated its success of educating girls in the town of Cabarete, and is now ready to replicate its model in the rural community.

Therefore with the assistance of Future4Children Mariposa is now in the process of building a first-class school in Los Maranitos  to support girls and help them break the cycle of generational poverty through education. Programming will include academic courses,  tutoring and environmental education.

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