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
At La Casa de Panchita we have had special events to celebrate the Domestic Worker's International Day (March, 30th) with our girls in child domestic labor and adult domestic workers. Thanks to your support, the girls could take a break and go to the movies to watch the acclaimed comedy-drama "The Maid". For adult domestic workers, we organised a special workshop in which they learned how to cook traditional Peruvian dishes, while enjoying amazing food!
On the occasion of this Domestic Worker's International Day (Today!) we would like to take the chance to share with you a (very) short video on what happens to girls exposed to child domestic labor. We would also like to share with you Elena's story, as a testimony of the importance of the work you are helping us carry out at La Casa de Panchita:
When Elena turned 10, she was sent to Lima to “help out” at a relative’s home. She cleaned the house, cooked and took care of the children and was treated as “the help”, not as family. She barely had time to sleep at night and no time at all to do her homework. She remembers how much her employer yelled at her and how she was ashamed of talking about it with others. When she was 14, Elena started attending La Casa de Panchita. With us, she learned how to speak for herself, she worked hard to improve her Spanish reading and writing skills and improved her grades at school, receiving the education wvwry child deserves!
As you may know we started a nwe project to secure a safe place for our girls and to keep providing them with the support they need. Chech it out by following the link below and please, take a minute (literally!) to watch the video, click HERE. Elena and other girls like her need us!
We are writing this special report because we need you:
La Casa de Panchita, our main venue, for so many girls in domestic work across Lima, is a place of hope, an oasis, a place made by them and for them.Unfortunately, without your very real help, this all stands to change. After 25 years, La Casa de Panchita needs your immediate assistance. Please, for the sake of the most vulnerable in Lima, do not shirk from our call.
We have the opportunity to purchase the house, but if we don't, La Casa de Panchita will have to move, and in moving, we will be forced to stop the majority of our activities. The landlord is willing to sell us the building for one third of the market price. We need you to give in order to be able to buy it.
Please, check out our new project on GlobalGiving «Give girls in domestic work a safe place in Peru» and consider making a donation:
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!
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We wish you happy holidays and a great 2015!
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.
Asociación Grupo de Trabajo Redes.
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