Asociacion Grupo de Trabajo Redes (AGTR)

To spread and defend the rights of excluded people who face discrimination due to poverty, age, gender, color, language or culture. Our methods include implementing politically effective actions, services and other necessary means. Our work stands for gender equality and that the marginalized people themselves recognize their rights and strive to realize them through strategies which express their empowerment and that develop through their active participation.
Dec 22, 2015

A very special Christmas wish

Carmen, 10 year-old child domestic worker
Carmen, 10 year-old child domestic worker

Dear Friends,

We would like to thank you once again for your support and wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

At La Casa de Panchita we had a Christmas celebration with our girls! They had a lot of fun crafting Christmas decorations, dancing and playing. They also made wishes for 2016. Carmen, one of the child domestic workers who attends our workshops, wishes she could have “a better house and a computer”. This does not sound like a 10 year-old typical Christmas wish, does it?
As you may know, these girls come from San Juan de Miraflores, one of the poorest districts in the outskirts of Lima, where a great part of the population lives in shantytowns. Carmen explained she would like to have a computer to have access to more information when doing her homework and improve her grades.

We may not be able to give a computer to our girls (or a house!), but thanks to your support we are able to give them school support and a place where they can feel safe and enjoy their childhood.

AGTR-La Casa de Panchita is participating in Globalgiving’s Year-End Campaign and, with your help, could win special prizes to keep this project running a bit longer! Here’s the project: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/empower-girls-and-women-peru/

Thank you!

Dec 1, 2015

A great success story you're helping come true...

Bernardina
Bernardina

Dear supporters,

On the occasion of the beginning of Globalgiving’s Year-End Campaign, we would like to share with you the story of Bernardina, one of the girls in Child Domestic Work who attended La Casa de Panchita.

Bernardina came to Lima from the rural Andes when she was only 15 year-old, to work as a live-in domestic worker. When she first arrived, she was very humble and shy. She told us she barely spoke to anyone. Her employer took advantage of the fact that she was just a young girl, alone and unaware of her rights. She used to start working at 6am and most days she would have to work till midnight! When she decided to start attending night school and get an education, her employer became hostile, because she had to leave “early” and wasn’t there to make dinner. At this time, her monthly salary was 600 PEN ($180). After nine months, she left because they refused to pay for her bonus (mandatory according to Peruvian law). At La Casa de Panchita Bernardina attended labor and human rights workshops and received legal counselling that allowed her to claim her bonus and overdue payments!

Bernardina has big plans for her future. She is working hard to finish high school and get a BA! She wants her parents and brothers to be proud of her. She wants her future children not to have to be child laborers like her and have all the things she never had.

AGTR-La Casa de Panchita is participating in GlobalGiving’s Year-End Campaign, which runs from December 1 through to December 31. We need to raise at least $3,000 from at least 30 donors in order to qualify for special prizes. Together we can do it!

Please consider donating to support girls just like Bernardina create a better future for themselves!

Thank you! Bests,

Blanca Figueroa

Nov 17, 2015

Halloween at La Casa de Panchita

Halloween at La Casa de Panchita
Halloween at La Casa de Panchita

Dear supporters,

I would like to tell you that for the first time we celebrated Halloween at La Casa de Panchita. The celebration was organized mainly by volunteers from the US. We had a great day with girls in child domestic work and adult domestic workers.

The house was decorated with spider webs and there were witches, wizards, zombies and skeletons everywhere! We organized pumpkin carving workshops and everybody had a lot of fun…and a lot of candy!

Even though Halloween may seem very normal, for the girls and women attending La Casa de Panchita it was not:

“I’ll give the pumpkin to my mom! Isn’t it nice with its little candle inside? My mom never saw one!” (Child Domestic Worker, 11 year-old).

“How nice…It reminds me the first time I celebrated my birthday. I was 43 and I had just moved to Lima” (Domestic worker, 53 year-old).

“This Halloween has been very special for me! I was so pleased to see how much the girls loved painting and carving pumpkins!” (Volunteer).

It is thanks to your support that La Casa de Panchita can be this welcoming and social space, where girls and women can create good memories…experiences that help them heal scars left by abuse and exploitation.

A new festivity is coming up: Thanksgiving. We are thankful for your support and would like to wish all of you a happy holiday!

Thank you again,

Blanca Figueroa

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