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Feb 10, 2014

News from Jugando Aprendo

Dear GlobalGiving supporters:

It is summer time in Peru and all the children at the ludoteca Jugando Aprendo are enjoying the sun.  It is time for the school holidays until March and so there is more time to play and enjoy.

We are excited with all the news we have for you this time. Since the last time we wrote, we have started working on the tutoring sessions for the kids, the promotoras (staff) training, and the counseling sessions for the kids and their families.

It was great to be able to provide the tutoring sessions in the busiest and more difficult time of the school year in Peru. Girls and boys were doing their homework and learning with the promotoras. We bought new books and even games so that all the kids could use them at the ludoteca.

In terms of the counseling sessions, this year our psychologist has started working individually with the kids and also with their parents. They have been very supportive with this activity and are grateful they can count with a psychologist so close home.

Last but not least, it is great the work the promotoras have been doing in relation with their own training. Once a month, they are meeting with a specialist to work on improving the way they work with the children. Promotoras are learning a lot and feel more confident. Being former child domestic workers themselves, the promotoras are building their skills on practice and are increasing their committment to serve the children.

We are very happy with all the things going on and look forward to more. Thank you for making all these changes possible. We are grateful to count with supporters like you.

Kind regards,


Dec 2, 2013

What a Great Year!

Dear GlobalGiving supporters:

The end of the year is around the corner and at La Casa de Panchita there are so many reasons to be happy: 2013 has been a great year for us.

For the girls in domestic work we were able to provide 25 Sunday workshops; and they enjoyed 12 field trips. Starting in March, our children have received tutoring on their school homework three times a week…and now we can see some of the good results of that.

The adolescents enjoyed painting their designs on T-shirts, an activity that every Sunday has had several participants, and they were excited to be in our theater dynamics workshop. 

For women in domestic work, besides training to be efficient at their jobs, we also offered English classes, a sewing activity to repair old clothes, and dance.

In addition, as their requirement, they could receive legal advice, emotional orientation with a psychologist, and/or art therapy.

As we are getting ready for the holidays, we wanted to share some of our accomplishments this year and make you part of them: only because of your support has all of this been possible. Thank you for your continued sponsorship of La Casa de Panchita, a space for girls and women in domestic work.

From Peru, we wish you happy holidays and great start to 2014! Join our holiday celebrations this December 15th and follow us on

With gratitude,

Blanca Figueroa

Nov 13, 2013

Water, Snacks, and a 4th Anniversary? OH MY!

Dear Friends,

We have had some extraordinary months and moments at Jugando Aprendo since we last wrote.  Many of the changes to the center, such as the installation of a large water tank, a sink with running water, access to potable water, healthy snacks, increased hours that the center is open, as well as capacity building in the form of training for the promotoras (mentors) are in full swing.

Jugando Aprendo recently celebrated its 4th anniversary, and a dance party complete with cake and speeches from beneficiaries proved to be a huge success.  There was not a dry eye in the house as Liz Eveli Leyva Reyes, the coordinator and a promotora in the center, promised that this year was to be the best year yet, while a local mother from the community thanked the center for it’s hard work, explaining how much her son had achieved in school due to the out of school assistance he receives at Jugando Aprendo. 

It is with a deep sense of gratitude that we write this letter, thanking you.  Our success is not separate from yours; we have accomplished this together.

Because of our collective efforts, socially deprioritized child domestic workers in a shantytown on the margins of Lima, Peru now have a real, physical place that provides stability, nutrition, hydration, socialization, and tutoring.  Soon, a psychologist will be available for both the families of the children, as well as the children themselves, providing mental healthcare to all affected by the scourge of child labor.  As promised, educational materials, such as books and games are meticulously being inventoried, as we search for the best deal.    

I hope you are able to grasp, if only slightly, what your donations have done.  The change in Jugando Aprendo is palpable, and awe-inspiring.  Thank you.

Your support is integral to daily operations in our center.  We have yet to fulfill our yearly requirement, and depend on you to ensure operations can continue.   Please continue supporting us, and consider another donation.  Thank you.


Highest Regards,


Brendan Hieber

Mentor, Jugando Aprendo  

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