Cisneros Empowers Girls In Dominican Republic Through Annual "Soy Niña, Soy Importante" Program

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Fundación Tropicalia, a nonprofit foundation affiliated with Cisneros Real Estate’s Tropicalia luxury tourism development in the Dominican Republic, will sponsor its 2016 summer program for girls called “Soy Niña, Soy Importante” (SNSI: ‘I’m a Girl, I’m Important’) in the developing community of Miches. The camp provides a safe, educational and fun environment in an effort to teach at-risk 9-12 year old girls about healthy living and personal and career development.

Fundación Tropicalia's "Soy Niña, Soy Importante" Summer Program

Soy Niña, Soy Importante is an enriching and fun experience for all of us who participate, and is an integral element of Fundación Tropicalia’s mission

Fundación Tropicalia, a nonprofit foundation affiliated with Cisneros Real Estate’s Tropicalia luxury tourism development in the Dominican Republic, will sponsor its 2016 summer program for girls called “Soy Niña, Soy Importante” (SNSI: ‘I’m a Girl, I’m Important’) in the developing community of Miches. The camp provides a safe, educational and fun environment in an effort to teach at-risk 9-12 year old girls about healthy living and personal and career development.

The 2016 program, scheduled for July and August, will host approximately 250 girls from Miches, a rural community along the northeastern coast of the Dominican Republic. Through recreational and educational activities, SNSI encourages these girls to develop personal values, artistic and creative expression, self-esteem and self-awareness, and helps them to understand their value to their community and society. Educational activities also touch on important social issues including personal safety and domestic violence; staying in school; sex education; nutrition and exercise; and socioeconomic skills.

To support this year’s SNSI program, the foundation has set a fundraising goal of USD $45,000 to cover transportation, educational materials, food and accommodations for camp volunteers, and a staff that includes specialized teachers and a nurse. The fundraising campaign will begin on April 18, 2016. To make a donation or to learn more about SNSI, please visit snsi.fundaciontropicalia.com. Follow SNSI's progress and development on Facebook and Instagram using the handle @SNISICAMP.

Fundación Tropicalia designs and implements programs for the Miches community in four principal areas: education; productivity; the environment; and cultural and social advocacy. Through the foundation, Cisneros encourages corporate social responsibility programs and sustainable development through the Americas and beyond. Since its founding in 2008, Fundación Tropicalia’s SNSI program has directly and indirectly influenced the lives of more than 8,000 people in the Miches community. Fundación Tropicalia has been hosting SNSI since 2012, enriching the lives of more than 650 girls and their families, many of whom face limited economic opportunities, teen pregnancy and unemployment.

Adriana Cisneros, Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of Cisneros, the parent company of Cisneros Real Estate, emphasized that Tropicalia’s business plan has included social responsibility, sustainability and quality of life since its inception. “Soy Niña, Soy Importante is an enriching and fun experience for all of us who participate, and is an integral element of Fundación Tropicalia’s mission,” Ms. Cisneros said. “The girls of Miches today are the young women, mothers, small business owners and community leaders of tomorrow—they play a fundamental role in breaking generational poverty cycles and forging a new path toward prosperity in our community.”

Tropicalia, the flagship of Cisneros Real Estate, is a sustainable luxury development that will encompass thousands of acres and miles of coastline on the northeastern coast of the Dominican Republic. Tropicalia will incorporate rigorous development standards and cutting-edge construction technologies in order to serve as a model for sustainable, environmentally responsible and luxurious tourism. Through the foundation, Tropicalia works in partnership with the community and institutions from the private, public, civic and academic sectors to develop innovative, high-impact programs and promote the efficient use of resources. For more information on Tropicalia, please visit http://www.tropicalia.com.

ABOUT CISNEROS
Cisneros is a leading privately held organization focused on media and entertainment, digital media and telecommunications, consumer products and services, and real estate and tourism development. The company is structured into three corporate divisions: Cisneros Media encompasses broadcast television, cable TV, content production and distribution, music, and beauty pageants; Cisneros Interactive groups all digital initiatives, from the leading online and mobile advertising networks covering the Americas to numerous ventures in e-commerce and multiple online properties; and Cisneros Real Estate oversees the development and strategic positioning of the organization’s commercial, industrial and residential properties around the world. For more information, please visit http://www.cisneros.com.

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