Jun 10, 2020

Empowering At-Risk Teenage Girls - 9th Report

Teacher offering on-line lessons to her students
Teacher offering on-line lessons to her students

First of all, we hope while you are reading this, you and your loved ones are healthy and safe.

This year has started under a special situation for all of us. The world is working to go through COVID-19, the best possible way. In Peru we have been under lockdown since mid-March, until today, June 8th. Nobody knows for sure how long this will take.

Our teenager students weren’t able to start high-school because they were supposed to start classes on March 30th.

Maria, a committed teacher from one of the night-schools we work with, told us they are offering their classes using technology: sending them videos, images, and readings through WhatsApp, and giving them live lessons from Monday to Friday via WhatsApp video. To know our students have access to internet are really good news, it has opened a bunch of possibilities for us to work with them, too. 

2020 is going to be a year for all of us to remember. For the pandemic of course, but mainly for the power of people determined to keep going no matter the circumstances.

Thank you for your company and for your support.

With gratitude,

Claudia

Jun 9, 2020

Work With Dignity For Venezuelan Women In Peru - 1st Report

First of all, we hope while you are reading this, you and your loved ones are healthy and safe.

This year has started under a special situation for all of us. The world is working to go through COVID-19, the best possible way. In Peru we have been under lockdown since mid-March, until today. Nobody knows for sure how long this will take.

If Venezuelan people were suffering here before the pandemic, today their situation is worse yet.

Lupe, a member of our team told us: 'At Chorrillos, my neighborhood, it was quite common to see some Venezuelan people by the streets, selling things, sometimes even asking for money. I had to leave my house during quarantine some days ago to buy groceries for my family, and what I saw was absolutely devastating, the number of Venezuelans at the street in poverty conditions have multiply. They were there with their children, suffering hunger and the cool weather'.

Because of quarantine more than 1 million people have lost their formal jobs in Peru. The total number considering formal and informal jobs nobody knows, but we know informal ones' situation is worse. Unfortunatelly Venezuelan people are in those numbers.

Although the circumstances, we are already working with Nanas & Amas, developing the mobile application that will allow 5K Venezuelan women in Lima to have access to per-hour work opportunities cleanning homes and offices.The plan is to be able to lauch it by the end of September.

Through the mobile app the customers will be able to learn about the journey the woman they are hiring, has taken to arrive to Peru. They will learn what they used to do in Venezuela, what career they had (most of Venezuelan people that has arrived to Peru is profesional people, although they live in poverty because it is really hard for them to find a job opportunity) and what they dream about. Our ultimate goal is to allow Venezuelan women to develop a network of their own, with people who would recommend them for jobs related with their profession.

We would need support to cover the expenses for the first two years of the project, mainly for the evaluation and trainning process each of the women that are going to be part of this project should pass before start working.

If you are willing to support them, you can donate here or share this article with people willing to support the Venezuelan community.

Thank you for joining us in this journey.

Best wishes,

Claudia 

Jan 24, 2020

Empowering At-Risk Teenage Girls - 8th Report

Clotilde and her baby boy
Clotilde and her baby boy

Thank you for joining us in the journey this amazing 2019 has been. Full of learning and inspiration. Walking with these +200 senior school students (ex-forced labor children, today stronger teenagers) the path from dreaming and planning, to taking action and responsibility for their lives.

In the last coaching session, the students received their Dream Board, the ones they designed at their first session with us. It was a special moment of reflection about the journey we made together, and the one they were about to start by themselves.

Clotilde was one of them. She was a student that attended classes holding her five-month-old baby in her arms. With pride and a special bright in her eyes she shared with us: “Neither my mom thought I was going to be able to graduate, look at me now! It was not easy, but I was determined, and with great people around to support me. Everything is possible.”

We have started 2020 signing agreements with 4 of the education institutions that have participated in the Vocational Orientation Fair we offered last year. They are offering special scholarships for our students. Our plan is to reach more than 20 of them by March.

2019 is going to be a year for all of us to remember. In the name of all of the lives we were able to touch last year, a strong hug with a big thank you! You was one of the amazing champions that made it possible.

With gratitude,

Claudia

We have a waiting list of more than 10 night schools of at-risk teenage students we would love to work with. To help them find the way to Dream, Plan & Act, and achieve the prosperous life they all deserve, we need help. If you are willing to support them, please donate here. If you know someone who would like to help them, please feel free to share this email. Have a wonderful 2020!

 
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