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.
Jul 15, 2015

Celebrate Bonus Day with us!

Dear Supporters,

We are sending this special report to let you know that Wednesday, July 15 is BONUS DAY! As you know, donations made to our project will be matched by Globalgiving at 50% (up to $1,000 per donor), starting at 9am EDT (3pm ECST). There are $115,000 available in matching funds!

We are also happy to inform you that we finally found a new venue to rent for La Casa de Panchita. We will send some pictures soon! We are going to move there this very week. However, we do hope this is going to be a temporary home and that, with your support, we will be able to secure our own house!

Despite this turmoil, we keep receiving our girls every Sunday and our weekly activities are up and running! Our girls are very curious and excited about the new house and they will soon visit it! We are planning some great outdoors activities with them, since we now have a little garden and there are many public parks in the new neighbourhood.

Please consider supporting us during this special event. We will write soon from our new "casa"!

Best regards,

Blanca Figueroa

Jul 15, 2015

Do you know what happens on Bonus day?!

Dear Supporters,

We are sending this special report to let you know that Wednesday, July 15 (TODAY) is BONUS DAY! Do you know how it works? It's easy (as easy as great!). All donations made to our project will be matched by Globalgiving at 50% (up to $1,000 per donor), starting at 9am EDT (3pm ECST). There are $115,000 available in matching funds!

We are also happy to inform you that we finally found a new venue to rent for La Casa de Panchita. We will send some pictures soon! We are going to move there this very week. However, we do hope this is going to be a temporary home and that, with your support, we will be able to secure our own house!

Despite this turmoil, we keep receiving our girls every Sunday and our weekly activities are up and running! We had a great time last week crafting pancil bags for them to use at school (as you can see in the picture). Our girls are very curious and excited about the new house and they will soon visit it! We are planning some great outdoors activities with them, since we now have a little garden and there are many public parks in the new neighbourhood.

Please consider supporting us during this special event. We will write soon from our new "casa"!

Best regards,

Blanca Figueroa

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

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