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.
Jan 21, 2015

News from the Ludoteca Jugando Aprendo

Dear Friends,

It is with great pride and appreciation that I write to you, if only to be able to share through words what our project is making possible through actions. Jugando Aprendo, the small center with an enormous heart and growing capacity, enters the year 2015 having celebrated its 5th anniversary.

Tutoring and therapy sessions have remained constant activities, as many of the promotoras (advocate-mentors) learn more nuanced ways to serve the children, their mothers, and their community.  

One of our regular attendees, Carmen, as well as one of the male promoters, Wanderly, now participate in a forum in which they represent their neighborhood, and serve as the "voice" for children from their district throughout greater Lima.

Mothers continue to know their children are learning to care for themselves, without the unfair burden of being forced to care for other people and property. Children learn to distinguish between household chores, and usurious and exploitive labor.

It can feel difficult to express the necessity of this place. In a vast, nearly inaccessible, peripheral urban slum, child laborers are freely given access to books, maps, games, mentors, psychological healthcare, and maybe most importantly, each other. The activities enacted at Jugando Aprendo will make impacts over a lifetime. Thank you.

We will always use your support to benefit our children. If you can, please give again.

Kind Regards,

Dec 2, 2014

Renewed hope for Christmas

Child domestic worker at La Casa de Panchita
Child domestic worker at La Casa de Panchita

Dear supporters,

As another year is coming to an end, we feel very grateful for the generous support we have received. Thanks to your generosity, child domestic workers as young as 9 years old were able to enjoy Sunday Journeys at La Casa de Panchita almost every week, as well as several field trips. These activities are very important to them, as they represent hope for a brighter future and a chance to enjoy their childhood. With your help we were able to accomplish so much and every year we are able to fight abuse and exploitation of children in child domestic work. However, much more is yet to be done.

Unfortunately, we also had some bad news. After nine years, the owner of our venue, La casa de Panchita, communicated to us that he is going to sell the building. We need to find a new venue in Lima, which is not an easy task. But we are more committed than ever and we are getting ready to start 2015 with renewed hope and determination to continue giving support to children and women in domestic work. For this reason, we are participating in Global Giving’s year-end campaign, starting on December 1st through to December 31st. We kindly ask you to renew your support and help us keep up the good work! Our girls and women need you more then ever!

Join our holiday celebrations this December 14th and follow us on www.facebook.com/lacasadepanchita

We wish you happy holidays and a great 2015!

With gratitude,

Blanca Figueroa

Oct 24, 2014

News from La Casa de Panchita

Dear GlobalGiving Supporters:

This time we would like to share the story of Elizabeth. She is currently 17 years old and was born in an Andean community in Peru.

When Elizabeth was 12, her older brother took her to live in Lima. Living in the city was hard for Elizabeth; she missed her family, cried constantly and was afraid of everything. Very soon after her arrival, Elizabeth´s brother got her a job in a hostel. She was there responsible of the cleaning and washing duties. Just a month passed and she decided to quit after being falsely accused of stealing money. Her employer did not pay her at all.

Elizabeth´s aunt got her a new job as a nanny. She started taking care of a 4-year old boy. However, she soon decided to also quit that job because her employers would not allow her to go to school. Her older sister, a domestic worker, recommended Elizabeth to a family so that she can be her domestic worker. Although she was able to go to school in the evenings, she decided to quit after a year because the school was too far away and the neighborhood was dangerous.

Sometime after that happened, she got a job with a middle class family. They also allowed her to go to school, but would never pay her on time or the salary they agreed on. She quit after two years. She then got a job is in another house in the same neighborhood. Everything seemed to be going well except for the way she is treated by her employer, she is very harsh. Elizabeth did not want to say anything about it because she did not want to lose her job. She would cry hidden in her room.

In 2012, Elizabeth learned about La Casa de Panchita through her sister. She started coming very regularly and participated in several activities we offered like field trips, drama classes, etc. Elizabeth learned how to communicate effectively with her employer and so the next time she was exposed to a bad treatment from her part, she calmly talked to her employer and told her she does not like being treated in that way and that if she did not change her attitude, she will quit. Her employer improved the way she treats Elizabeth.

Elizabeth has not stopped coming to La Casa de Panchita in all this time. She is now a very happy and communicative girl. Her deepest wish is to be able to pursue further education after she graduates high school and to get a job in which all her rights are respected.

Thank you to your continuous support we are able to keep providing Elizabeth and other girls services they need in order to improve their lives.

Blanca Figueroa

Asociación Grupo de Trabajo Redes.

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