Once again, this year, girls in child domestic labor who come to educational/recreational sessions at La Casa de Panchita will receive a beautiful hardcover book with fairy tales. For most girls, this is probably the first time they receive a storybook that is their own and this definitely fills them with joy. Here are some of their reactions:
"I'm going to ask my dad to read it with me! I like it better when we read together, because I make mistakes…" (Lizbeth, 11).
"If I now have a book...then I can have another and another, as in the closet of my class. I will be able to learn so many things! "(Zoila, 10).
Having beautiful reading material that stimulates their imagination is very important for these girls, who from the age of 8 or 9 spend part of their days cleaning, cooking and even taking care of a babies. These stories give them back some of their right to enjoy their childhood.
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It has been six months since we started our expeditions with our mobile unit, “La Van de Panchita”, to low-income districts on the outskirt of Lima. The minivan is a donation from one of our partners, meant to increase the outreach of AGTR to empower women who work in domestic service or wish to access this sector. We can now go to the peripheral areas where most of them live and invite them to take part in free workshops and then find a dignified job through our free employment agency.
Over 80 women have participated in our empowering workshops thanks to the work of the minivan and its team. This way, we hope to increase the number of domestic workers who have access to decent working conditions.
These are some comments from the women we met during our expeditions:
“Thank you for coming this far to invite us! I will go to the place you talked about, La Casa de Panchita” (Yessenia, 36).
“I didn’t want to look for a job through an employment agency, because they retain personal documents and a percentage of my salary. But you offer something very different. I am going to visit you” (Florencia, 40).
“I heard about La Casa de Panchita on the radio, but I wasn’t sure I believed what they offered. Now that I spoke with you I am convinced” (Jennifer, 44).
Our center, Jugando Aprendo, celebrated its 9th anniversary in October 2017. We were grateful to share this important and proud moment with mothers, children, volunteers, and psychologists. We played games and danced. Children and mothers spoke words of gratitude and thanks. It was an exciting and heartfelt moment. The words spoken were sincere and gratifying. We are certain we are changing lives.
As I wrote in a previous report, our center has relocated. For now, we are carrying out our program from a community kitchen, in order to ensure the children receive attention, while we construct our very own institutional home.
The construction of the new "ludoteca" is going well. With much love and affection, we have designed a wonderful new space for the children, teenagers, and their families. This space will be beautiful like our previous space. We only must wait a few more weeks before we are able to open it. Surely, in my next report, I will send photos of the inauguration. Our dream has come true, thanks to volunteers and friends who trust in our work and love for children.
In the month of December 2017, volunteers from Brazil, Guatemala, Argentina, Colombia, and Perú visited Jugando Aprendo. These volunteers visited us from an NGO called AIESEC, which is associated with la Universidad del Pacifico. These volunteers enact a program called "Raise Your Voice" which develops psychosocial abilities, reinforcing self-awareness, self-esteem, career planning, vocational training, and professional vision in children.
The program offers tools that strengthen children's abilities, while creating spaces that seek to achieve teamwork through group integration and cooperation. They will be with us for a total of 4 weeks, and we have two weeks left before they return to their countries. The children are very happy to learn and participate.
While we wish you all the best in the new year, we thank you for the support you give us. With your help, we are able to continue changing the lives of child domestic workers, and children en riesgo (at risk). Your confidence and generosity fills us with happiness and true joy. We thank you.
Muchas gracias amigos donadores.