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.
Aug 20, 2013

The Road to Success

Dearest Friends,

Congratulations.  With your incredible support, we have come so very far.  Our team here in Peru has celebrated each outpouring of your faith, in the form of a contribution to our project, as an investment against the injustice of slavery, shame and the entrenched cycle of poverty that operates around the world, and in the shantytowns existing on the outskirts of Lima, Peru.  Each donation, as I write this numbering at exactly 100, fights social inequality, and fights for literacy, safety, laughter, mental health, and hope.

We were overjoyed, as we reached out to you on "Bonus Day," and were received with many of you reaching back.  You gave us hope, as this latest Bonus Day campaign was among our most successful.  Thank you.  We feel proud and empowered, and you should as well.  Own that moment, because without your unbelievable support, that moment would never have been possible.

We look to the future knowing that more is possible for our world, and knowing that this humanity, in this time, can and has made it so.  From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you, and wish you to know that we will not cease working.  Please continue to support us.  We are at a critical moment in our fundraising process.  Help us make everything we know we must do a reality for the child laborers of Lima, Peru.  You are the gamechangers.  

We will leave you with a quote, "It's true that there are many injustices in the world, many worthy causes competing for attention and support, and we all have divided allegiances.  We focus on this topic because, to us, this kind of oppression feels transcendent--and so does the opportunity.  We have seen that outsiders can truly make a significant difference," Half the Sky,  Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, p. xxi 

Thank you.

Jun 5, 2013

News from La Casa de Panchita

Dear GlobalGiving Supporters:

Wednesday June 12th is a very special day! Thanks to your support GlobalGiving has upgraded our status to Superstar! This means that on June 12th GlobalGiving will match all donations to our project by 50%! Please consider participating in this special event and make the most of your support!

June 12th is also the International Day Against Child Labor. Thanks to your help we have achieved a lot, but there is still a long way to go! So many children in Peru are trapped by domestic work and need your support to get the chance to build a brighter future!

Our work with young domestic workers continues and we keep inspiring young girls through our Sunday activities. They are always very exited to come to La Casa de Panchita to improve their skills through handicrafts workshops, learn more about their rights and receive help with their homework.

Your commitment has been so great that it has encouraged us to want to do more for children in child domestic work! We take advantage of the great opportunity GlobalGiving is offering to launch a new project to help children trapped in domestic labor get their childhood back and get the chance to build a brighter future. Learn more about this initiative: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/changing-lives-of-child-domestic-workers-in-peru/

Please consider supporting this effort. All day Wednesday June 12th, starting at 9am EST (This time in your time zone). GlobalGiving will match all donations by 50%, up to $1,000 per donor. Every little bit helps. This is a great opportunity to make your donation grow and support our children!

Thank you for your continued support to our cause!

With gratitude,

Blanca Figueroa

May 20, 2013

News from La Casa de Panchita

Dear Global Giving supporters:

The girls are back to school! With the excitement of a new school year has also came the enthusiasm to enjoy one of our recent activities in their schools.

The lack of libraries at our girls´ schools made us implement classroom libraries since last year. Story books were given to these libraries so that children could enjoy reading “for fun” and could increase their reading skills. Up to this time, one year later, we are already able to share with you how reading changed the life of one of our girls. She is Beatriz, and this is her story:

Beatriz is the youngest child in her family. She is 15, but she is still in 6th grade in elementary school (in Peru, children ages 10-11 are enrolled in 6th grade). She is behind in school mainly because she started working in domestic work when she was very young and also because she had some learning difficulties.

Last year was the first time she was able to borrow a story book ever. She borrowed it from one of our libraries. Since then, she has been able to read six books by herself. Because she had to work, do homework and help her mom with the household tasks, her spare time was limited to late in the evenings. Her dad was a bit worried about her lack of sleep and did this agreement with her: He would spend some time listening to her read aloud, and she would enjoy some time with her dad when he would read for her when she was already in bed.

Beatriz is a different girl nowadays. She has strengthened the relationship with her dad and feels more confident about herself. She not only reads better, but she talks more with her family, friends and teachers.

Thanks for supporting Beatriz and all our girls!

Blanca Figueroa

P.S. We invite you to learn more about the situation of children working in domestic work in Peru and five other countries in the world by reading Home Truths. This book is written by Anti-slavery International. To read it online, follow this link: http://www.antislavery.org/includes/documents/cm_docs/2013/c/cdw_report_final_3.pdf

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