In January and February, we worked with two groups of volunteers from AIESEC, who carried out many activities with the children, from cooking typical foods from their countries to playing musical instruments, Portuguese and English classes, typical dances and empowerment workshops. At the end of the 6 weeks of their volunteer program, we organized a trip and we had many adventures together!
The construction of the new space for the Ludoteca is going well. At first, we had some setbacks, due to the conditions of the land and the informal construction present in the area. This led to a delay in the works, to ensure the safety of the future venue. These unforeseen events also meant a greater investment, which we faced by organizing a fundraising community lunch, with the support of friends, family and volunteers.
We are all looking forward to the completion of the construction and we hope to start receiving children, teenagers and their families at the new Ludoteca by the end of April. Having a space of our own has always been a dream of our entire team. It has not been easy, but we know it will be a friendly and happy meeting place, where children and adolescents can be heard, develop their skills and where we continue to change lives.
Thank you for supporting our dream of. A big hug to each one of you.
Mar 20, 2018
Storybooks for girls in child domestic work
By Blanca Figueroa - Project leader
Once again, this year, girls in child domestic labor who come to educational/recreational sessions at La Casa de Panchita will receive a beautiful hardcover book with fairy tales. For most girls, this is probably the first time they receive a storybook that is their own and this definitely fills them with joy. Here are some of their reactions:
"I'm going to ask my dad to read it with me! I like it better when we read together, because I make mistakes…" (Lizbeth, 11).
"If I now have a book...then I can have another and another, as in the closet of my class. I will be able to learn so many things! "(Zoila, 10).
Having beautiful reading material that stimulates their imagination is very important for these girls, who from the age of 8 or 9 spend part of their days cleaning, cooking and even taking care of a babies. These stories give them back some of their right to enjoy their childhood.
Thank you for your support!
Mar 19, 2018
The adventures of La Van de Panchita
By Blanca Figueroa - Project leader
It has been six months since we started our expeditions with our mobile unit, “La Van de Panchita”, to low-income districts on the outskirt of Lima. The minivan is a donation from one of our partners, meant to increase the outreach of AGTR to empower women who work in domestic service or wish to access this sector. We can now go to the peripheral areas where most of them live and invite them to take part in free workshops and then find a dignified job through our free employment agency.
Over 80 women have participated in our empowering workshops thanks to the work of the minivan and its team. This way, we hope to increase the number of domestic workers who have access to decent working conditions.
These are some comments from the women we met during our expeditions:
“Thank you for coming this far to invite us! I will go to the place you talked about, La Casa de Panchita” (Yessenia, 36).
“I didn’t want to look for a job through an employment agency, because they retain personal documents and a percentage of my salary. But you offer something very different. I am going to visit you” (Florencia, 40).
“I heard about La Casa de Panchita on the radio, but I wasn’t sure I believed what they offered. Now that I spoke with you I am convinced” (Jennifer, 44).