Protect girls from child domestic labor in Peru

 
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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 www.facebook.com/lacasadepanchita

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!

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

Dec 11, 2012

News from La Casa de Panchita

Dear Global Giving Supporters:

As the year draws to a close at La Casa de Panchita, our girls are almost done with school and are all very excited, looking forward to the summer and school vacations (that go from December to February).

It’s been a good year with lessons learned for us and the girls. On the girls´ side, some of them have better grades at school as a result of a conscious focus on learning and doing homework with us, some have improved their family relationships, and others have won modest improvements in their working conditions.  On our end, we’ve grown as a team and are seeing better results from our work. Thanks to hard work by both staff and volunteers we achieved our goals for 2012, and we’re all so happy about that.

La Casa also advocates internationally for domestic workers’ welfare and rights-- there are exciting developments on this front. We joined in the launch of a British campaign to promote the ratification of ILO (International Labour Organization) Convention 189 on decent domestic work in London, and went on to press for ratification of the same convention at the United Nations in Geneva. Bringing the momentum home to Peru, we’ve helped move the issues of domestic work and child domestic work into the national political agenda and the society as a whole. Although initial steps, these are important initiatives moving us toward a Peru in which girls are no longer working in domestic service.

We thank you very much for your continuous support and hope the New Year brings you lots of happy moments.

Blanca Figueroa

Project leader

p.s. We are very happy to share our 2011 annual report (English language) with you. It explains much more about our work. Please follow this link to read it: http://www.gruporedes.org/contenido.php?menu=1&idioma=I&cont=79#1

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