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!
Join our holiday celebrations this December 14th and follow us on www.facebook.com/lacasadepanchita
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.
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:
We wish to invite you to be part of our celebrations, by checking out our new website: http://gruporedes.org/ We also invite you to like our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/lacasadepanchita) 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
In Peru every second Sunday of May we celebrate Mother´s Day. It’s the most important holiday for Peruvians, more important than Christmas or Independence Day. Possibly this is because a mother is synonymous with LOVE, even more so when there are many households supported only by mothers due to their husbands’ absence.
Domestic workers are women who, as live-in employees, can barely see their children once a week. While looking after their employers’ children, some have to send their own children back to their home towns and villages to be cared for by relatives. For those who live in disadvantaged situations, a mother´s love is expressed through her work, earning enough to cover the children’s basic needs.
At La Casa de Panchita, for Mother’s Day, girls serving as child domestic workers are making a drawing, writing a letter, or making a handcrafted gift for their moms.Women working as domestic workers are addressing issues related to their relationship with their moms by participating in art workshops.
We’ll be covering the importance and challenges of the relationship between mothers and their girls in child domestic work, through our Peruvian radio program “No somos invisibles” (We are not invisible).
Happy Mother´s Day!
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