Spreading Their Wings In Columbus, Ohio

The butterflies of Proyecto Mariposa.

The butterflies of Proyecto Mariposa. Courtesy of Yahaira Perez hide caption

itoggle caption Courtesy of Yahaira Perez

For the past year Yahaira Perez has led a group called Proyecto Mariposa, or Project Butterfly, that helps provide life skills to Latina girls and their mothers while ensuring they do not forget their Latin roots.

Proyecto Mariposa is made up of 16 mothers and their daughters, ages 2 to 13. They meet weekly at a church in Columbus to make crafts, read in Spanish and receive guidance on issues such as personal health and proper nutrition.

Yahaira, who moved from Puerto Rico to attend The Ohio State University, has gotten many people involved — including her family.

Brian Starner is a long-time friend of Yahaira and a WBCE listener.

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