Protect girls from child domestic labor in Peru

Jul 14, 2014

Sharing our joys!

AGTR - La Casa de Panchita
AGTR - La Casa de Panchita's team

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students and Peruvian and foreign volunteers, we all pursuit that children in child domestic work (CDW) will be withdrawn from child labor by their families; we develop labor and personal skills of adult domestic workers so that they can get better jobs in which their rights are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 La Casa de Panchita

Dear GlobalGiving Supporters:

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!

With gratitude,

Mar 3, 2014

News from La Casa de Panchita

Dear GlobalGiving Supporters:

We are very happy with the beginning of 2014. January and February have been months to explore how much we did in the past year, and we are excited to say that we have exceeded most of our goals for 2013. In this report we want to share some of the most important accomplishments with the adult women who come to La Casa de Panchita to receive different services.

Throughout 2013, more than 1,500 women came to La Casa de Panchita to participate in at least one of our workshops, labor training sessions, legal counseling or psychological counseling sessions. Of that total, over 1,030 are seeking a job in domestic work through our employment agency, and 360 have obtained a job and signed a written contract with all the benefits established by the National Law for Domestic Workers.

We also informed other organizations about problems that domestic workers face, and how actions could be implemented to improve their working and living conditions. In terms of that result, we worked with 46 organizations, including public agencies, labor unions, other non-profit organizations and universities. In 2013, we developed 11 unique publications addressing issues related to domestic work in order to reach those organizations and the overall community.

We are very happy about what we have done so far, and once again thank you.  It is with your support that we are able to continue.

We invite you to watch this three-minute video to learn more about the situation of domestic workers in Peru:

With gratitude.

Dec 2, 2013

What a Great Year!

Dear GlobalGiving supporters:

The end of the year is around the corner and at La Casa de Panchita there are so many reasons to be happy: 2013 has been a great year for us.

For the girls in domestic work we were able to provide 25 Sunday workshops; and they enjoyed 12 field trips. Starting in March, our children have received tutoring on their school homework three times a week…and now we can see some of the good results of that.

The adolescents enjoyed painting their designs on T-shirts, an activity that every Sunday has had several participants, and they were excited to be in our theater dynamics workshop. 

For women in domestic work, besides training to be efficient at their jobs, we also offered English classes, a sewing activity to repair old clothes, and dance.

In addition, as their requirement, they could receive legal advice, emotional orientation with a psychologist, and/or art therapy.

As we are getting ready for the holidays, we wanted to share some of our accomplishments this year and make you part of them: only because of your support has all of this been possible. Thank you for your continued sponsorship of La Casa de Panchita, a space for girls and women in domestic work.

From Peru, we wish you happy holidays and great start to 2014! Join our holiday celebrations this December 15th and follow us on

With gratitude,

Blanca Figueroa

Sep 4, 2013

News from La Casa de Panchita

Dear GlobalGiving supporters:

It’s winter in Lima, the coldest in thirty years, but Sundays are always cozy at La Casa de Panchita. Girls, women, volunteers and staff are warming the chilly days with their laughs and energy. One group who brought us great joy were five French scouts who volunteered with us. Manon, Valerie, Margaux, Pauline and Mathieu worked with the girls and the adults for almost a month bringing many happy moments to them.

During the week, they were at our Library “Mi Espacio para Crecer” (My Room to Grow), tutoring children who work as domestics. On Sundays they participated in our training sessions for girls, organized a cooking and handicraft class for the adults, and even played and sang a couple of songs during our anniversary celebration (we just turned 24!).

We’re so grateful to all the volunteers who work with us, and we wanted to share with you part of they do. They’re making a huge difference for the girls and women coming to La Casa de Panchita. As always, we want to express our gratitude for your continuing support. Thank you!

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