Asociacion Grupo de Trabajo Redes (AGTR)

To spread and defend the rights of excluded people who face discrimination due to poverty, age, gender, color, language or culture. Our methods include implementing politically effective actions, services and other necessary means. Our work stands for gender equality and that the marginalized people themselves recognize their rights and strive to realize them through strategies which express their empowerment and that develop through their active participation.
Jun 26, 2015

Sundays at La Casa de Panchita

Dear friends,

We want to share with you how our Sunday sessions with girls in child domestic labor at La Casa de Panchita work.
Early in the morning, on a private bus parked in Pamplona Alta, San Juan de Miraflores, Mrs. Susana (community leader) waits for the girls, usually 25 to 30, who live in nearby areas. Along with one or two promoters, former child domestic workers, they make their way to La Casa de Panchita. On the way there, the girls eat some fruit, since many of them probably didn’t have breakfast.

They arrive at 10am. Staff members and volunteers receive them with warm hugs and kisses. The girls are then divided into small groups of five. Each group is assigned to a tutor, who helps the project coordinator carry out the activities planned. Sunday activities are divided into four sessions of 1,5 hours each. At 1pm, lunch is served and it is usually one of the girls’ favourite meals (chicken, fish or meat, accompanied by vegetables or potatoes, with juice and a fruit dessert).

The abovementioned four sessions are always carried out with games and playful dynamics. The first assesses the risks of child domestic labor. The second one is a crafting workshop, like painting a box or a picture frame that the girls can take back home. The third session addresses a special topic chosen by the girls, while during the fourth one, we take them to nice park near La Casa de Panchita. Sometimes we are able to take the girls to the beach, museums or to the zoo.

During the day, the girls needing school support receive special assistance and there is also some time left to read and comment AGTR’s "The future in my hands", a publication describing the support channels available for children exposed to domestic labor.

We would like to share with you some of the girls’ comments on these Sunday sessions at La Casa de Panchita:

"I've never been at this park before. It is very large and very nice”.
Shirley M., 13 year-old

"I hardly ever go out for a walk when I’m home. I do not have enough time."
Nancy M., 11 years-old
 
“How pretty! I never imagined the sea would be like this. It looks very different than I expected: It looks colourful, It’s not just a single color”.
Susana Q., 17 year-old
 
“What a pity we cannot have these kind of trips all the time. It’s very cool and I'm not afraid of crossing the street anymore. When there is no traffic light it’s scary because they don’t even look at you”.
Miriam B., 15 year-old

Best regards,

Blanca Figueroa

Jun 15, 2015

Dark clouds and silver linings

Dear Supporters,

From AGTR-La Casa de Panchita we would like to share with you some news. Some good and some…not so good. But hey, let’s stay positive!

Let’s start with the “not so good” ones and let’s get it over with. Despite our efforts and your support, we are unable to acquire our current venue. Since we launched the project last February, we raised almost $9,000 from 70 donations. We still have a long way to go in order to be able to afford a new house.

We always knew it was a huge challenge, especially in such a short time. For the time being, we will have to rent a new venue and move “La Casa De Panchita” to a new place next month. This is a bump in the road, because rents in Lima are rather expensive and it is hard to let go of the “home away from home” we were able to build at our current location during the past ten years. For the past three months, we have been offering our Sunday workshops to more and more girls, knowing it would be their last chance to enjoy our “casa”. We are explaining to both girls and women we have to move and we are trying to make this transition as easy as possible. We are also informing the public through our weekly radio program "We're not invisible”, in order to make aware of our situation as many people as possible.

But as they say, every cloud has a silver lining! We are not giving up on our dream of owning our own home and ensure that girls in child domestic work and adult domestic workers keep benefitting from all the services we provide during many, many more years! We are determined to keep up the hard work to raise the money we need to make our dream come true, it is only going to take longer than expected. We would like to ask you to go the extra mile with us and keep supporting us, so that we can keep supporting girls exposed t child domestic work!

Sincerely,

Blanca Figueroa

May 5, 2015

News from the Ludoteca Jugando Aprendo

Dear GlobalGiving supporters:

We are very happy and thankful for your support this second year.

This past February, we started for the very first time the “Ludoverano” workshops. These are a series of fun activities for the kids such as dancing classes, handicrafts, soccer, voleyball, and first aid training. We wanted for the kids to have a great time at the Ludoteca during their school vacation, a time to learn, use their creativity, and develop new skills. At the end of the summer, the kids prepared a show for their family and friends to present what they learned. Some volunteers and members of another NGO called Documental Perú alsoo joined the celebration.

In March school started and so the tutoring sessions at the Ludoteca. All the kids come always willing to learn, they use our books and other supplies. They also, as usual, get a nutricious snak every time, they love it!

Thank you to all of you GlobalGiving friends!

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