Dear GlobalGiving Supporters:
Another year is almost done at La Casa de Panchita, and with it ends our project “Girls in domestic work: Health = Empowerment in Peru”. Although a bit sad it’s over, we’re happy to be able to say its goals have been accomplished.
Anali Baltazar, a former child domestic worker working as a mentor for the project, has reached out to 28 adolescents in domestic work and educated them in issues related to sexual and reproductive health. She counseled the girls at school, going over key topics in three sessions with each one, helping them to avoid problems and be more confident about their health choices. Anali says, “The girls always came to me with many questions, they all wanted to learn… I felt they didn’t have even one person they could talk to about these things, and I’m glad I got the chance to be the one to listen to them.”
In addition to our progress with the girls, we also want to highlight our work helping Anali become a successful mentor. One of our staff trained her through the entire project, tracking her needs and achievements. Anali´s supervisor says about her: “She has grown so much since the beginning of the project. She’s always eager to ask questions and learn, because she said the girls always come up with new issues and she wants to be prepared for everything. At the school, the principal and teachers know and respect her; she is definitely a role model for the youngest.”
We hope you’re glad to read this final report. We are (and always be) grateful for your contributions to us in this project and wish you a very happy new year.
p.s. This project will be leaving the Global Giving website after the distribution of this report. If you would like to keep supporting our work, please consider donating to our other, ongoing project at Global Giving: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/empower-girls-and-women-peru/
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): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=id4KE78DlGg
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.
Dear Global Giving Supporters:
Today is the WORLD DAY AGAINST CHILD LABOR and we wanted to invite you to join us in the celebrations through our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/lacasadepanchita
Every June 12 we all remind ourselves how important it 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.
Please help us in this effort. All day Wednesday June 13, starting at 12:01 AM EDT, 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!
As we continue raising funds for this new project of La Casa de Panchita, we’ve already agreed on who our first mentor will be, and we want to let you know right away. We’re thrilled to introduce you to Anali Sanchez, the vibrant young woman and former child domestic worker who will take this key role in the project.
Anali was born in 1991 in Huancayo, a city in the sierra, six hours from Lima. She’s the fourth of five children, who migrated to the megalopolis of Lima when she was only three years old. Anali was a child domestic worker by the time she was 9. By age 16 she worked full time, living in her employer´s house.
She started participating in La Casa de Panchita’s program aged 13, and five years later became an outreach assistant. Anali has supported many girls in child domestic work, doing tutoring, facilitating workshops, visiting their families, and organizing advocacy in her community.
“I like helping girls the same way others helped me,” she says, “I’m ready for the challenge of becoming a mentor for this project … I’m sure it’s going to be a very exciting experience.”
Anali begins her training this month and expects to begin mentoring her first girls by June.
Thank you for being a supporter of the cause!
Dear GlobalGiving supporters:
We want to express our gratitude for your support to the project "Girls in domestic work: Health= Empowerment in Peru". As you might remember, this project was one of the participants of the Girl Effect Challenge last November. Launching this project through this challenge, in collaboration with Global Giving, was a great experience to us. While it was really intense, we enjoyed every minute of it. A lot of people liked the project on Facebook and talked about it with their friends and families. Although we did not get to win the challenge, participating was worth it because we gained a valuable supporter: You.
"Girls in domestic work: Health= Empowerment in Peru" is a project aiming to support sexual and reproductive education among girls working in domestic service in Peru. Through a mentoring approach, former child domestic workers will guide other girls on the process of learning about their sexual and reproductive rights and will encourage them to take good decisions for their futures.
With the Girl Effect Challenge we started our fundraising efforts to fund this project. At the moment we are still on the process of collecting funds, however we have already started with the selection of our mentors. We are very excited about doing this because we are getting to know some very enthusiastic girls that will hopefully join us in this project. We will keep you posted and introduce them to you by our next report.
Thank you very much. Together we are changing the world one girl at the time!
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