“I’m a Girl, I’m Important”
Fundación Tropicalia celebrated the fourth year of the “I’m a Girl, I’m important” (“Soy niña, soy importante” or SNSI) summer day camp. SNSI serves girls 9 to 12 years old, and provides a safe, nurturing environment where girls can simply be girls. We give young girls the guidance and tools they need to be self-reflective, critical thinkers and make timely life choices like staying in school and postponing pregnancy. Curriculum includes: Education in Values; Artistic Expression & Development; Development of Interpersonal Relationships, Self-Esteem and Self-Awareness; Sex-Ed and STD Prevention; Gender & Violence; Nutrition; and Sports.
In Dominican Republic 22% of girls between 15 and 19 years old have been pregnant at least once, placing it as the 5th country in Latin America with the highest teenage pregnancy rate. Early pregnancy is the cause of 44% of school dropout among the country’s adolescents,9 hindering their personal and professional development, and widening the already large gender gap that exists in the country: Dominican Republic is the 97th out of 144 countries where there is more inequality between women and men according to the World Economic Forum’s 2016 Global Gender Gap Report.10
This situation increases the risks of malnutrition, domestic workload, prostitution and physical and emotional violence towards girls, among other consequences. Moreover, the value of women in the market is significantly reduced, increasing the probability of repeating the generational cycle of poverty.
SNSI seeks to curb these trends by empowering girls and their families. It seeks to support Miches’ socioeconomic development by, among other things, decreasing prostitution, increasing education rates and supporting female participation in the workforce.
Year 1 - 2013
Year 2 - 2014
Year 3 - 2015
Year 4 - 2016
The SNSI program relies on a volunteer program and a fundraising campaign that take place in the United States and Dominican Republic. In 2016, 80 professional Dominican men and women volunteered to dedicate a week of their lives as camp counselors.
We captured in-kind donations from 15 national and international organizations. In partnership with Casa Quien, a contemporary art gallery in Santo Domingo, we hosted a silent art auction featuring female Dominican artists, who depicted the experience of the Dominican woman. A significant percentage of sales were designated for SNSI. We raised a total of USD $22,000 thanks to Cisneros employees who participated in the company’s corporate matching-gift program, friends and family, receiving support from 12 corporate collaborators and 68 individual donors.
SNSI 2016 BY THE NUMBERS
9 Oficina Nacional de Estadística de República Dominicana (national statistics), UNICEF, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and International Labour Organization (ILO). (2009-2010). Encuesta Nacional de Hogares de Propósitos Múltiples ENHOGAR: Situación de la Mujer, la Niñez y la Adolescencia. Obtained from: https://www.unicef.org/republicadominicana/ENHOGAR_2009-10.pdf. Accessed January 2017.
10 World Economic Forum. (2016). Global Gender Gap Report. Rankings. Obtained from: http://reports.weforum.org/global-gender-gap-report-2016/rankings/ Accessed January 2017.