Changing lives of child domestic workers in Peru

Jul 14, 2014

Sharing our joys!

Dear GlobalGiving Supporters:

Wednesday July 16th is a very special day! It's BONUS DAY and GlobalGiving will match all donations to our project at 50%! This makes this date even more special and important for us:  on the same day, we, Asociación Grupo de Trabajo Redes (AGTR), celebrate our 25th anniversary!

Domestic workers, former domestic workers, professionals, students and Peruvian and foreign volunteers, we all pursuit that children in child domestic work (CDW) will be withdrawn from child labor by their families; we develop labor and personal skills of adult domestic workers so that they can get better jobs in which their rights are respected; and likewise we protect domestic workers of all ages from abuse and exploitation advocating for the full respect of their rights.

Some of our greatest joys in these 25 years are:

  • Young women, former girls working in CDW who used to come to La Casa de Panchita, manage their own organized groups and provide direct services to children currently working in CDW or at risk of CDW within their own communities. Their work is highly appreciated.
  • Adolescents in CDW and adult domestic workers have learned to face their emotional problems with guidance from a psychologist or an expressive arts therapist.
  • Every year almost 400 women take part in job training sessions, a requirement to access to the free services offered by our employment agency, LA CASA DE PANCHITA S.A.C.
  • Thousands of domestic workers have received information and assistance related to their labour rights and duties, recognised by Law 27986 – Law of domestic workers. They have succeeded in improving their working conditions.
  • Nearly 20,000 people have listened to our weekly radio program “No somos invisibles” (We are not invisible). Our program targets mothers of girls in CDW and aims to motivate them to take their girls out of work or to improve their daughters` working conditions, when withdrawal is not possible.
  • Parents have recognized that investing in education is more important that putting their children to work especially if they do not have the legal minimum age to be employed.
  • And more joys…

We wish to invite you to be part of our celebrations, by checking out our new website: We also invite you to like our Facebook page ( and get all the news from the events we are organizing for this 25th anniversary!

Please consider participating in this special event and make the most of your support! Remember, BONUS DAY starts on July 16 at 9am (Eastern Time).

Thank you for your support!


Blanca Figueroa and AGTR’s team

AGTR – La Casa de Panchita

May 9, 2014

News from Jugando Aprendo

Dear GlobalGiving supporters:

We are back in school season! Classes started in March and we have been doing lots of things with the girls since then.  With all the new books purchased recently, the tutoring sessions are more interesting and fun at the ludoteca Jugando Aprendo. Local promotoras have more resources to help the children with their homework and you can see how things are improving within this activity.

Counseling sessions with the psychologist are also working very well. Children and parents have one group session with her per month. In addition they are having individual sessions to address specific issues. Small changes towards adequate parenting behaviors are shown by the families.

This Sunday, the second Sunday in May, we celebrate Monther´s day in Peru. This is an excellent opportunity to strength mother-child relationships. At the ludoteca, our children are making handicraft projects for their mothers.

Thank you for making all these changes possible. We are grateful to count with supporters like you!

Kind regards,

Feb 10, 2014

News from Jugando Aprendo

Dear GlobalGiving supporters:

It is summer time in Peru and all the children at the ludoteca Jugando Aprendo are enjoying the sun.  It is time for the school holidays until March and so there is more time to play and enjoy.

We are excited with all the news we have for you this time. Since the last time we wrote, we have started working on the tutoring sessions for the kids, the promotoras (staff) training, and the counseling sessions for the kids and their families.

It was great to be able to provide the tutoring sessions in the busiest and more difficult time of the school year in Peru. Girls and boys were doing their homework and learning with the promotoras. We bought new books and even games so that all the kids could use them at the ludoteca.

In terms of the counseling sessions, this year our psychologist has started working individually with the kids and also with their parents. They have been very supportive with this activity and are grateful they can count with a psychologist so close home.

Last but not least, it is great the work the promotoras have been doing in relation with their own training. Once a month, they are meeting with a specialist to work on improving the way they work with the children. Promotoras are learning a lot and feel more confident. Being former child domestic workers themselves, the promotoras are building their skills on practice and are increasing their committment to serve the children.

We are very happy with all the things going on and look forward to more. Thank you for making all these changes possible. We are grateful to count with supporters like you.

Kind regards,


Nov 13, 2013

Water, Snacks, and a 4th Anniversary? OH MY!

Dear Friends,

We have had some extraordinary months and moments at Jugando Aprendo since we last wrote.  Many of the changes to the center, such as the installation of a large water tank, a sink with running water, access to potable water, healthy snacks, increased hours that the center is open, as well as capacity building in the form of training for the promotoras (mentors) are in full swing.

Jugando Aprendo recently celebrated its 4th anniversary, and a dance party complete with cake and speeches from beneficiaries proved to be a huge success.  There was not a dry eye in the house as Liz Eveli Leyva Reyes, the coordinator and a promotora in the center, promised that this year was to be the best year yet, while a local mother from the community thanked the center for it’s hard work, explaining how much her son had achieved in school due to the out of school assistance he receives at Jugando Aprendo. 

It is with a deep sense of gratitude that we write this letter, thanking you.  Our success is not separate from yours; we have accomplished this together.

Because of our collective efforts, socially deprioritized child domestic workers in a shantytown on the margins of Lima, Peru now have a real, physical place that provides stability, nutrition, hydration, socialization, and tutoring.  Soon, a psychologist will be available for both the families of the children, as well as the children themselves, providing mental healthcare to all affected by the scourge of child labor.  As promised, educational materials, such as books and games are meticulously being inventoried, as we search for the best deal.    

I hope you are able to grasp, if only slightly, what your donations have done.  The change in Jugando Aprendo is palpable, and awe-inspiring.  Thank you.

Your support is integral to daily operations in our center.  We have yet to fulfill our yearly requirement, and depend on you to ensure operations can continue.   Please continue supporting us, and consider another donation.  Thank you.


Highest Regards,


Brendan Hieber

Mentor, Jugando Aprendo  

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.

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