December is a time to think back. So, we ask ourselves: are we doing a good job, so that the women we serve feel better? Trying to answer this question, we reviewed their comments on workshops at La Casa de Panchita. These are some of them:
- Yeni, 40 years old: "I learned to value myself as a worker. I worked since I was 9 and it was very bad for me. I was left alone with my two children at 20 years of age, but I decided that my daughters should not work and go through the same things that happened to me... Now it seems to me that working at home is very simple, but it was not always like that. I remember it was very difficult when I started. It is good to remember the past and realize these things. Now a woman can be more independent. "
- Juli: "I felt excited, interested, excited and grateful to know that La Casa de Panchita exists. I have learned to value my work experience and value myself as a person. "
- Anonymous. "When I was 5, my parents sent me an aunt’s house. I was sad, but also happy to move Lima. I had the idea that I would improve and that I would go to school, but none of that happened. My aunt did not want me to study. I stayed there 20 years and now I am 48 years old. When I used to remember how my aunt treated me, I used to cry. Today, the other ladies who attended the workshop have reminded me of the problems that I had, but I realized that now everything turns out to be easier. I feel that I am valuable and I am intelligent and I can learn many more things. I will not forget this day. "
- Taña: "I have known in La Casa de Panchita since I was 17 years old; Now I am 34. They have always helped me. It's my family, my house. When I first arrived, I did not know my rights as a domestic worker, but they taught me, they also taught me to value it and how to do a good job interview. "
Yes, we will receive 2018 more motivated to support women who work in domestic service. They are empowering and valuing themselves... and all this is thanks to you. Thank you!
We wish you a very merry Christmas and a great new year!
We would like to share with you a post by a volunteer at AGTR-La Casa de Panchita, Theresa Zimmer, about one of the girls you are helping us support:
"Imagine an eight year old girl. She is thin, with long dark hair, beautifully shy eyes and is barely as tall as my hips. When she looks at me it seems like she is asking for something without saying a word. Today I had the pleasure of meeting her. Her name is Sheyla. She goes to school in San Juan de Miraflores, one of the many districts in the massive city of Lima, Peru. San Juan de Miraflores is an area where people live in small, simple, houses made of brick. [...] Every morning Sheyla wakes up in one of these houses. Together with her older sister, she takes the bus to school joining the wild traffic and the hustle and bustle of city life. After school, a few days a week, she helps her cousin who lives next to her. For Shayla, helping means, going to the market to buy fruits and vegetables or taking care of one of her baby cousins while the older ones cook. Sheyla is used to following the instructions of her family. She doesn’t have any idea of what it means to be responsible, but she is. She doesn’t think about the other things she could be doing, playing and living the life of a normal girl, she just does what is needed from her. Her shy, prying eyes seem to ask, “what do you want me to do? How should I behave?”.
You can read the full post here.
AGTR - La Casa de Panchita is taking part in GlobalGiving's Year-End Campaign. There is $10,000 in total prize money, which will be awarded throughout the campaign as well at the end of the campaign. Your donation can help us be one of the awarded organizations! Thank you for your continued support!
Children who regularly participate in our school support activities have not had classes for several weeks due to a teachers' strike. Our Ludoteca remained open for children, taking advantage of the extra time to improve their grades, make use of board games and organize activities among friends. Despite having humid winters, during the past three months, children attended regularly and invited their peers so that they could also take part in educational and recreational activities.
We are pleased to announce that Jugando Aprendo will have its own venue! The one we have had so far was lent by the local community. Thanks to our friends Oona Arnez, former volunteer at AGTR-La Casa de Panchita, Philippe Arnez, and all of you, our dream will come true! We are already designing our new home and we are working with members of the new community to which we're moving.
In October, Jugando Aprendo celebrates its 8th anniversary and on the 28 we will inaugurate the new Ludoteca, with all of our friends, children, adolescents, volunteers of AGTR-La Casa de Panchita and the team of promoters. We feel very happy and grateful.
We will keep on changing the lives of children and adolescents in child domestic labor and improving their development, with values, education and teachings we know will positively mark their adult life.
As soon as the construction of the new premises is over, we will send photos! You are very important to us.