May 20, 2013

News from La Casa de Panchita

Dear Global Giving supporters:

The girls are back to school! With the excitement of a new school year has also came the enthusiasm to enjoy one of our recent activities in their schools.

The lack of libraries at our girls´ schools made us implement classroom libraries since last year. Story books were given to these libraries so that children could enjoy reading “for fun” and could increase their reading skills. Up to this time, one year later, we are already able to share with you how reading changed the life of one of our girls. She is Beatriz, and this is her story:

Beatriz is the youngest child in her family. She is 15, but she is still in 6th grade in elementary school (in Peru, children ages 10-11 are enrolled in 6th grade). She is behind in school mainly because she started working in domestic work when she was very young and also because she had some learning difficulties.

Last year was the first time she was able to borrow a story book ever. She borrowed it from one of our libraries. Since then, she has been able to read six books by herself. Because she had to work, do homework and help her mom with the household tasks, her spare time was limited to late in the evenings. Her dad was a bit worried about her lack of sleep and did this agreement with her: He would spend some time listening to her read aloud, and she would enjoy some time with her dad when he would read for her when she was already in bed.

Beatriz is a different girl nowadays. She has strengthened the relationship with her dad and feels more confident about herself. She not only reads better, but she talks more with her family, friends and teachers.

Thanks for supporting Beatriz and all our girls!

Blanca Figueroa

P.S. We invite you to learn more about the situation of children working in domestic work in Peru and five other countries in the world by reading Home Truths. This book is written by Anti-slavery International. To read it online, follow this link: http://www.antislavery.org/includes/documents/cm_docs/2013/c/cdw_report_final_3.pdf

Dec 11, 2012

News from La Casa de Panchita

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.

Blanca Figueroa

Project leader

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/

Dec 11, 2012

News from La Casa de Panchita

Dear Global Giving Supporters:

As the year draws to a close at La Casa de Panchita, our girls are almost done with school and are all very excited, looking forward to the summer and school vacations (that go from December to February).

It’s been a good year with lessons learned for us and the girls. On the girls´ side, some of them have better grades at school as a result of a conscious focus on learning and doing homework with us, some have improved their family relationships, and others have won modest improvements in their working conditions.  On our end, we’ve grown as a team and are seeing better results from our work. Thanks to hard work by both staff and volunteers we achieved our goals for 2012, and we’re all so happy about that.

La Casa also advocates internationally for domestic workers’ welfare and rights-- there are exciting developments on this front. We joined in the launch of a British campaign to promote the ratification of ILO (International Labour Organization) Convention 189 on decent domestic work in London, and went on to press for ratification of the same convention at the United Nations in Geneva. Bringing the momentum home to Peru, we’ve helped move the issues of domestic work and child domestic work into the national political agenda and the society as a whole. Although initial steps, these are important initiatives moving us toward a Peru in which girls are no longer working in domestic service.

We thank you very much for your continuous support and hope the New Year brings you lots of happy moments.

Blanca Figueroa

Project leader

p.s. We are very happy to share our 2011 annual report (English language) with you. It explains much more about our work. Please follow this link to read it: http://www.gruporedes.org/contenido.php?menu=1&idioma=I&cont=79#1

 
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