Protect girls from child domestic labor in Peru

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

Dec 15, 2011

News from La Casa de Panchita

Sunday December 11th was a great day at La Casa de Panchita. We celebrated the end-of-year holidays.

Early in the morning girls and women began arriving, ready for a full day of activities and fun. We started the day with a tee-shirt painting workshop, everyone creating their own designs. Next came a session making chocolates, and another drawing and writing Christmas cards.

In the afternoon everybody got together in the main room. The little ones danced and performed a short play organized by Analí, a former child domestic worker who’s now one of our adolescent outreach promoters. Felícitas, a young domestic worker who has participated in La Casa de Panchita for several years, sang in Quechua-- a special point of pride for those of us who have this language as their mother tongue.

Finally came a powerful moment when we all held hands and made our wishes for 2012. The celebration ended with music and dance, girls and grown-ups all celebrating together.  

In the holiday spirit we want to share happiness and joy with all of you Global Giving supporters.  Our best wishes for next year!

Thanks for changing the lives of the girls and women in domestic work.

Blanca Figueroa

Project leader

Oct 16, 2011

Good news: The Girl Effect Challenge

Dear GlobalGiving supporters,

 We are so excited to share our good news with you!  Global Giving recently encouraged us to apply to the Girl Effect Challenge.   

 Our proposal to empower 150 young domestic workers to take charge of their own health using a “girls teaching girls” approach was one of the projects from around the world that was selected to compete in the Challenge. 

 If La Casa de Panchita is one of the 6 nonprofits that receives the most gifts between October 15th and November 15th on GlobalGiving, we will be featured on the Girl Effect fundraising page for an entire year and will be able to fund our project! 

 Please help us spread the word   Here’s the link

 Girl Effect is a powerful international movement to raise awareness about the potential of adolescent girls to end poverty for themselves and the world (the same potential we’ve been demonstrating in Peru for more than 20 years!)  Just think how many other people could learn about and support our work.  Last we checked, Girl Effect had more than 250,000 followers on Facebook!

 We appreciate each and every one of your contributions, your “likes” and your tweets. Thank you.

 Blanca Figueroa

Project Leader.

 PS Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and at @casadepanchita!

Sep 30, 2011

News from La Casa de Panchita

“I love going to La Casa de Panchita because everybody cares about me and I learn new things”

 Elena, 14 years old, was born in a little town in Apurimac, one of the poorest areas in the Peruvian Andes. By the time she was 10, her mother sent her to Lima, to a relative’s house. There, she did cleaning, cooking and took care of the little children. Everybody treated her as “the help”, not as family. She could barely sleep some hours at night and she did not have enough time to do her homework. One thing she also remembers is how much her employer yelled to her and how little she wanted to talk or express her feelings with people.

 In 2010, after four years, Elena moved to her aunt’s house where she feels well treated. Also that year she started coming to La Casa de Panchita.

 Elena looks shinny every time we see her at La Casa de Panchita. She is no more the girl who did not want to talk about her family and that was embarrassed about not reading well. With us, she shares stories of her childhood in Apurimac and she is eager to learn about the meal we serve at lunch, the handicraft we make with all the girls or the new games we play on Sundays.

 Elena´s native language is quechua. At La Casa de Panchita she works hard to improve her reading and writing skills in Spanish, and currently she has improved her grades at school.

 Like Elena, many more girls find in La Casa de Panchita a place in which they are happy and can learn and play.

 Thank very much dear GlobalGiving friends for supporting our work with girls and women in domestic service. We appreciate all your contributions.

 Kind regards,

Blanca Figueroa


Jul 8, 2011

News from La Casa de Panchita

Dear Global Giving supporters,

Launching our project through Global Giving has been a great success. Everybody is thrilled that in such a short time (April 2011) in the Open Challenge we raised $13,443 and that we won second place in number of donors. Thank you all for your support!

It is a great pleasure to update you on our work.  In this first report we want to share our news from May and June:

We were able to hold Sundays full of activities at “La Casa de Panchita”. The girls learned to make handicrafts like a fan and a portrait made out of cardboard, they learned basic math by playing how to buy fruits in the market, and they also shared and discussed about family and values. The women had computer and English classes plus other things.  There was also time for nutritious meals.

 “I always bring my homework to work at La Casa de Panchita.  In June I was number two in my class for the first time!”. Jennifer Salas, 13 years old.

We have been able to provide 24 psychological counseling sessions and 66 sessions of legal advice. Also, our lawyer won two cases in court and as a result domestic workers were paid fair compensation for their work.

A total of 32 visits were made to mothers of children involved in child domestic work (CDW) to follow up on their situation.  Some of these children also used our library “My Space to Grow” (located in San Juan de Miraflores) where both, young girls former child domestic workers (CDW) and volunteers, helped the children with their school assignments.

We do not want to finish this update without mentioning that we will celebrate our 22nd anniversary, in memory of Elsa M. Chaney, “the big sister”, who died in July 16th 2000. She was a very important supporter of organizations of domestic workers in Latin America, and she has been our beloved friend.

The celebration will be held Sunday July 17th with girls and women at La Casa de Panchita. Please join in the festivities by following us on twitter @casadepanchita and on facebook We love to welcome new followers and friends.

Blanca Figueroa


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