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Jun 23, 2020

Delivering food baskets during quarantine

Peru is in mandatory isolation (with an additional curfew from 9pm to 4am) since March 16. All non-essential activities have been suspended and, up until June 3, people’s movement  have been limited to the procurement of food and medicine. Venezuelan migrants are particularly affected by this situation, as most of them make a living selling food in the street or as day laborers. In fact, shortly after the beginning of the quarantine, we started receiving dozens of help requests from vulnerable individuals who were unable to provide food for their children and families.

To respond to this emergency, AGTR has been delivering emergency food baskets to the most vulnerable households. The average basket contained approximately 12 kg of non-perishable food, such as rice, beans, oats or canned tuna. We also included the special flour used to cook arepas, a traditional Venezuelan dish, to try to give migrants and refugees a taste from home.

With the help of local allies, we were able to provide aid to over 150 households. We are now working to secure additional funding to help many others who are still in need of assistance. Unfortunately, migrants and refugees were not included in Government aid programmes and have nowhere to turn to. With a little help, together we can keep this initiative going!

Thank you for helping us making all of this possible!

Sincerely,

Andrea Gandolfi

May 4, 2020

Some news from Jugando Aprendo

Dear supporters,

Our activity at Ludoteca has been suspended since March 16, when the Peruvian government ordered a very strict lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19. During this time, we were able to keep providing the group of girls taking part in our workshops with nutritious food packs. This initiative is very important right now, since many households have reduced income or no income at all at this time. We hope to be able to resume some of our activities soon, with all the needed precautions and safety protocols.

However, un until mid March, we carried out some interesting activities. During our latest sessions, we addressed nutrition and health topics, so that girls learn the functions of different foods (energy, builders and regulators) and know how important it is to eat well to grow healthy and strong. The girls had previously touched on the subject in their schools, but the information they received was not sufficient, so the workshops were important to complement it. They were very dynamic and interactive sessions, which were complemented with crafts and games.

Girls learned what foods they should consume so that they can grow according to their age:

Rocío, 11 years old, told us that “there is a bean that looks like it has a black belly that I did not eat before. My mom usually prepares it with tuna salad or fried fish. Now I do eat it, because I know it's good for me".

Naomi, 10 years old, told us that she asked her mother "to prepare quinoa with chicken and lettuce, because it has everything I need: quinoa is energy-efficient, chicken is a builder and lettuce is regulating".

We hope you and your loved ones are safe. Thank you for your support!

Sincerely,

Evely Leyva

Mar 26, 2020

New professional workshops for domestic workers!

Dear Supporters,

We started a new initiative to face a stereotype that for a long time has been one of the main issues for domestic workers. The notion of servitude and a marked class structure, which continue to characterize Peruvian society since colonial times, combined with a segmented rights system, have prevented domestic service from being included in the labor and social conquests of the last two decades. Work in domestic service is not considered “real work” or qualified work. As a result, domestic workers do not receive the same labor rights and benefits as other workers.

AGTR and its in-house employment agency have created a program aimed at the professionalization and certification of domestic workers. We now offer four specialization workshops: 

  1. Early stimulation workshop, for the development of the brain functions of babies, through games and exercises; 
  2. Child psychology workshops, on behavior management techniques that promote the child's self-esteem and self-control; 
  3. Workshop for the care of the elderly, to attend their basic needs and promote dignified aging; 
  4. First aid workshops, on how to take care of victims of accidents or sudden illness (until specialized personnel arrive).

Through the professionalization of domestic workers, we plan to change the stereotyped image of the women in this sector, reducing the discrimination they continue to suffer. We would like to thank you for your continued support, which has enabled us to embark in this new project. Thank you!

Sincerely,

Andrea Gandolfi

 
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