Jan 23, 2012

News from La Casa de Panchita

Dear GlobalGiving supporters:

 We want to express our gratitude for your support to the project "Girls in domestic work: Health= Empowerment in Peru". As you might remember, this project was one of the participants of the Girl Effect Challenge last November. Launching this project through this challenge, in collaboration with Global Giving, was a great experience to us. While it was really intense, we enjoyed every minute of it. A lot of people liked the project on Facebook and talked about it with their friends and families. Although we did not get to win the challenge, participating was worth it because we gained a valuable supporter: You.

 "Girls in domestic work: Health= Empowerment in Peru" is a project aiming to support sexual and reproductive education among girls working in domestic service in Peru. Through a mentoring approach, former child domestic workers will guide other girls on the process of learning about their sexual and reproductive rights and will encourage them to take good decisions for their futures.

 With the Girl Effect Challenge we started our fundraising efforts to fund this project. At the moment we are still on the process of collecting funds, however we have already started with the selection of our mentors. We are very excited about doing this because we are getting to know some very enthusiastic girls that will hopefully join us in this project. We will keep you posted and introduce them to you by our next report.

 Thank you very much. Together we are changing the world one girl at the time!

 Blanca Figueroa

Project leader.

Dec 15, 2011

News from La Casa de Panchita

Sunday December 11th was a great day at La Casa de Panchita. We celebrated the end-of-year holidays.

Early in the morning girls and women began arriving, ready for a full day of activities and fun. We started the day with a tee-shirt painting workshop, everyone creating their own designs. Next came a session making chocolates, and another drawing and writing Christmas cards.

In the afternoon everybody got together in the main room. The little ones danced and performed a short play organized by Analí, a former child domestic worker who’s now one of our adolescent outreach promoters. Felícitas, a young domestic worker who has participated in La Casa de Panchita for several years, sang in Quechua-- a special point of pride for those of us who have this language as their mother tongue.

Finally came a powerful moment when we all held hands and made our wishes for 2012. The celebration ended with music and dance, girls and grown-ups all celebrating together.  

In the holiday spirit we want to share happiness and joy with all of you Global Giving supporters.  Our best wishes for next year!

Thanks for changing the lives of the girls and women in domestic work.

Blanca Figueroa

Project leader

Oct 16, 2011

Good news: The Girl Effect Challenge

Dear GlobalGiving supporters,

 We are so excited to share our good news with you!  Global Giving recently encouraged us to apply to the Girl Effect Challenge.   

 Our proposal to empower 150 young domestic workers to take charge of their own health using a “girls teaching girls” approach was one of the projects from around the world that was selected to compete in the Challenge. 

 If La Casa de Panchita is one of the 6 nonprofits that receives the most gifts between October 15th and November 15th on GlobalGiving, we will be featured on the Girl Effect fundraising page for an entire year and will be able to fund our project! 

 Please help us spread the word   Here’s the link http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/girls-take-charge-of-their-health-peru/

 Girl Effect is a powerful international movement to raise awareness about the potential of adolescent girls to end poverty for themselves and the world (the same potential we’ve been demonstrating in Peru for more than 20 years!)  Just think how many other people could learn about and support our work.  Last we checked, Girl Effect had more than 250,000 followers on Facebook!

 We appreciate each and every one of your contributions, your “likes” and your tweets. Thank you.

 Blanca Figueroa

Project Leader.

 PS Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and at @casadepanchita!

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