what we do
Soy Niña, Soy Importante (SNSI), or "I'm A Girl, I'm Important," is a summer day-camp that serves at-risk girls ages 9-12 years old and provides a safe, nurturing environment where girls can simply be girls.
SNSI aims to reshape how girls think of themselves as individuals, as females, and members of society.
The Dominican Republic has the fifth-highest teen pregnancy rate in Latin America, with 22% of Dominican girls becoming pregnant at least once before their 19th birthday. Impoverished girls and young women who become pregnant face higher risk of health complications related to early pregnancy, and are more likely to drop out of school.
Goal: 300 Girls | $60,000
Our goal is to raise $60,000 and serve 300 girls in three one-week camp sessions. Given the geographic span of the Municipality of Miches, the camp will travel to three different communities, covering our girls’ transportation and meals; the purchase of didactic materials; staff fees including a nurse, an assistant camp director, and specialized teachers; room and board for camp counselor volunteers; among other operational expenses.
"The week devoted to working with girls from Miches made me realize we (volunteers) have so much to give. We're used to our comfort zone, to grumbling, to being ungrateful. SNSI is an opportunity like no other for spiritual, emotional and social transformation"
Karla AlcántaraSNSI 2015 Volunteer, Lucas Guibbes
"These girls need us. To learn, to hear an 'I love you', to be taught their worth, to improve themselves, to entertain them for a week, to show them a model to emulate. 'Soy Niña, Soy Importante' brings out the best in the girls, and the best in ourselves"
Maia MorenoSNSI 2015 Volunteer, La Gina
"I fondly recall my girls from the first year showing a happier, more positive attitude the second year. 'Soy Niña, Soy Importante' is a learning experience that enriches the lives of both the students and the staff"