Protect girls from child domestic labor in Peru

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:

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:

Sep 12, 2012

News from La Casa de Panchita

Dear GlobalGiving Supporters:

This year, on Sunday the 22nd of July, we celebrated our 23 anniversary! For 12 years now on our anniversary we also pause to remember our beloved “big sister” Elsa M. Chaney who passed away July 16th, 2000.

As every year, we wanted to celebrate with all the people we care about: the domestic workers who find in La Casa de Panchita a space to learn and laugh, the young women and girls in domestic work who have found in us people they can trust, and all our friends, volunteers, and staff who even if they can’t be there in person, are present in our hearts.

We started with a big poster on the wall, done by students of the Escuela de Bellas Artes of Lima, on which everyone could write a message for our anniversary. Afterward came music in the main room by players from Star Factory, an organization that sponsors rock and pop bands.  Some of our little girls put on a great dance show. Closing time came and went… the music and dancing went on for two more hours. No matter how young or old, all of us were on the dance floor shaking our bodies.

You can meet people from La Casa in this video clip (at the end are some great moments from the party): 

We want all of you to be part of our joy that happens not only on La Casa’s celebration day, but every day and with every action you take to help girls and women in domestic work. We’re deeply grateful to count on you as a supporter and a friend.

Blanca Figueroa

Project leader

Jun 12, 2012

News from La Casa de Panchita

Dear Global Giving Supporters:


The girls are back! After a break for the traditional summer vacation from school (in Peru, January to March), La Casa de Panchita is again humming on Sundays, with girls learning new skills, doing their homework, and playing at the nearby park.

This coming Wednesday June 13, GlobalGiving will double all donations to La Casa de Panchita! More information at the end of this message. Please consider participating in this special event.

Our daylong workshops for girls in domestic work are a unique opportunity for them to socialize with their peers, and to learn about situations of risk at work and how to speak up for themselves. We create a safe space where their voices are heard. We’re pleased and proud for all the positive changes we observe in them. 

Our goal is to create awareness about child domestic work among the young domestic workers themselves, their families, the Government, and the society as a whole. We still have a long way to go, but every girl who comes to La Casa de Panchita is a new inspiration to us.

We’d like to invite you to join us in the celebration of the WORLD DAY AGAINST CHILD LABOR. More information is on our website   

Please help us in this effort. All day Wednesday June 13, starting at 12:01 AM, GlobalGiving will match all donations up to $1,000 per donor. If you donate even a small sum like $10, GlobalGiving will make it $20. Every little bit helps. This is a great opportunity to make your donation grow and support our girls!

Thank you for your continued support of the cause!

With gratitude,

Blanca Figueroa

Mar 13, 2012

News from La Casa de Panchita

Dear GlobalGiving Supporters,

Summer’s almost gone from this side of the globe, but the energy of the girls and women at La Casa de Panchita is humming as usual. One group of women in particular are always very motivated on Sundays: those in domestic service who want to improve their cooking skills and learn more about nutrition. In small groups, usually no larger than 10, they prepare hot and cold dishes and deserts. Then they have lunch together, sharing tips and recipes.

The women finish this activity around 4pm. It’s been a long day for them at the kitchen, and although a bit tired, they all seem very satisfied with what they’ve learned. We on the staff are so happy to see them building new expertise that will help them negotiate better job conditions.

Thank you again for your support,

Blanca Figueroa

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