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01/28/2014 12:51 pm ET Updated Mar 29, 2014

What You Need to Know About the Mariposa DR Foundation

The Mariposa DR Foundation was established back in 2009 by a group of volunteers and children who were eager to help out those suffering from poverty. The mission of the organization took its inspiration from the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. The goals include the eradication of poverty and hunger, attaining universal primary education, promotion of gender equality, empowerment of women, minimizing the child mortality rate, fighting HIV/AID and other diseases, improvement of mental health, ensuring environmental sustainability and development of global partnership for development. Understandably, these goals are dependent on the education as well as the empowerment of women and young girls.

If young girls are able to stay at school, they will be happy, gain useful skills and have better options in life. By investing on the economic potential of young girls by providing them access to high quality education, health care and ways to make them feel empowered and even control their lives will effectively break the cycle of generational poverty.

It is vital to determine the difference between generational poverty and situational poverty. Always remember that any household or individual can be included into situational poverty due to loss of employment, sickness and other circumstances. Nevertheless, generational poverty is considered as a pervasive culture that has been passed down from parents to children and a problem that is more difficult to deal with.

Understandably, there is a sense of hopelessness that should be addressed while the entire family should be involved in the process as well. The good news is that there are millions of solutions all over the globe. It is important to listen to young girls and address their needs so that it will make the impossible achievable. It is possible to put an end to generational poverty for good. Young girls who are living in poverty are distinctly capable of establishing a better future for themselves, their families and even their communities all over the globe.

Many assume that young girls are given access to programs for women and the youth. In reality, it is not true. Majority of the international aid is not completely directed specifically to young girls. The programs for children are often focused on early childhood education and youth programs are focused on males. The programs for women do not include adolescent girls, thus it simply means that their distinct needs are not being addressed. In order to effectively lift families from generational poverty, it is important to invest on programs that were specifically designed for girls.

Always remember that it is not charity, but a way to pave the path for economic development. Understandably, investing in women is considered as smart economics and investing on young girls is a smarter approach.

By investing on education, health and empowerment of young girls today, it simply means that they will have all the required tools in order to make smart choices that will help improve their lives. The best way to put an end to poverty and help the developing world is to invest time, effort and funding for young girls.