Asociacion Grupo de Trabajo Redes (AGTR)

To spread and defend the rights of excluded people who face discrimination due to poverty, age, gender, color, language or culture. Our methods include implementing politically effective actions, services and other necessary means. Our work stands for gender equality and that the marginalized people themselves recognize their rights and strive to realize them through strategies which express their empowerment and that develop through their active participation.
Mar 28, 2016

Assertiveness training at La Casa de Panchita

Workshops with CDWs at La Casa de Panchita
Workshops with CDWs at La Casa de Panchita

Dear Supporters,

This time we want to talk about a particular aspect of our work at La Casa de Panchita: promoting empowerment of girls and adolescents who perform child domestic work (CDW).

These girls in CDW, not only often enter school at a late age, but they also fall behind up to three years, as keep failing due to the limited time they are able to dedicate to their studies. And his situation also leads to other problems.

One of these problems is low self-esteem. CDWs do not value themselves due to the fact that domestic work is an underrated job in Peru. There is a general belief that it is an occupation for indigenous people, still victims of racism, or lower socio-economic classes. These adolescents experience abuse and disparagement:

  • “Employers often tell us: You are useless, worthless! If they think we did not do what they told us, the way they told us” (Patricia, 13, child domestic worker).
  • “My employer often tells me that I never learn what she teaches me. She gets very angry and shouts at me” (Maria, 14, child domestic worker).
  • “Employers often tell us that we are useless, that we are not able to perform the simplest task” (Diana, 12, child domestic worker).

At La Casa de Panchita, through workshops and individual guidance, CDWs learn about the risks involved in domestic work, as well as about their right to attend punctually and regularly school or enjoy recreational time. They become aware of their rights, do not accept to be mistreated anymore and start looking for better employment options (unfortunately, it is not always possible to withdraw these girls from child labor).

Our organization also implements activities to sensitize employers. We urge them to change their attitude towards domestic workers to end social segregation. It is a hard and round-the-clock task, but we are starting to see positive results!

Thank you for your continued support!

Best Regards,

 

Blanca Figuroa

Mar 22, 2016

Back to school after a great summer break!

Children painting at the Ludoteca
Children painting at the Ludoteca

Dear Friends,

At our Ludoteca, kids have just presented their theater play, after a whole month of rehearsal in January. From August 2016 up to January 2016, British volunteer Abigail has been working with children in child domestic work, using dramatic art to raise awareness about their civil rights. The title of the play was “Celeste y Apallimay”. It was meant to show parents and other members of the local community the hazardous activities entailed by domestic work and how child labor deprives children of leisure and education.

February was the last month of holiday for children. We organized several workshops to make the last part of their summer break fun. They participated in dancing, cooking, painting and crafting activities at the Ludoteca. These workshops are also part of our educational program, as they help boys and girls learn how to work in team, develop their creativity and improve their social skills. This was made possible by the amazing work of five of our promoters.

Children are now back to school and they are very excited to get to know their new teachers and classmates.

Our school support program keeps helping boys and girls in child domestic labor improve their grades. We help them do their homework and clarify doubts about things they did not understand in class. The books we have at the Ludoteca are very useful to do research and help kids prepare their oral presentations on different subjects. The great majority of children attending our center is getting very good grades! This is an amazing accomplishment for us.

We are very grateful to all of our supporters and donors for their continued and great generosity!

Mar 21, 2016

News from AGTR-La Casa de Panchita

Child domestic workers at La Casa de Panchita
Child domestic workers at La Casa de Panchita

Dear Supporters,

Like every march, boys and girls are back to school after the summer break. As they prepare to face a new academic cycle, we are getting ready to resume Sunday sessions at La Casa de Panchita. We want to help them make the most of this year. We are going to provide them with school support and help them cope with being child domestic workers, while sensitizing their families on the risks they are exposed to. However, we also want to make sure they get to enjoy themselves, like every young girl should! We were able to secure some funds that will allow us to carry on these weekly educative and playful Sundays for at least a few months!

The most concerning issue is the expensive rent of our current venue. We will not be able to afford such a high monthly fee for much longer now. This is why we are still hoping to keep raising funds in order to be able to buy our own venue…even a tiny one. We recently discovered we are quite good adapting to changing circumstances!

It is very important that La casa de Panchita remains open, not only because we directly support girls in child domestic labor, but also because we work to solve this problem from different angles. At La casa de Panchita we offer training and educate adult domestic workers about their labor rights, so that our free employment agency can help them find better jobs. Qualified domestic workers can improve their household’s livelihood and their children will be less exposed to child labor, having a better chance to stay in school!

The following story, about a domestic worker we will call “E.” shows how you can help us help girls and young women facing exploitation and abuse:

E. came to Lima from Apurimac, on the Andes. During several months she worked as a domestic worker, under severe exploitative conditions. Her employer did not pay her the (very low) salary they had agreed upon and the payments were always late. When she found out about La Casa de Panchita, she started attending training workshops and arts therapy sessions. She learned how to deal with the though situation she faced in the house where she was working (and living). She stood up for herself and her employer allowed her to attend night school, where she is doing very well!

Thank you! Best regards,

Blanca Figueroa

 
   

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