We are visiting the households of the girls taking part in this project in order to obtain the parent’s permission for them to attend Sunday Sessions at La Casa de Panchita:
"Of course I'll let her go! This will be the second year my daughter is going to attend. My Jasmine comes back very happy every Sunday and even brings me a little gift she made at La Casa de Panchita. Now we talk more, we understand each other more. " (Mother)
"Last year promoters from La Casa de Panchita helped me understand very difficult homework. We also played a lot, that's why I like to go to La Casa de Panchita”. (Delia, 10 years old)
Women who work in domestic service also gave important feedback:
"I was surprised by all the things I did not know and that I learned at La Casa de Panchita. I am 50 years old and I have just learned to value what I do, how to gain my employer’s respect and to demand my rights". (Trinidad V.)
"I felt good because I learned that I should not be afraid to talk to my employer when there is a problem. I am happy because I will return to learn more". (Rosario C.)
Thanks to your support we will start once again the Sunday sessions with girls in child domestic work at La Casa de Panchita and we are able to keep offering workhsops to adult domestic workers! Thank you!
Throughout the last 3 months, boys, girls, and adolescents have enjoyed many events and activities organized by Jugando Aprendo. In October, we celebrated our 7th anniversary. The children sang, danced, and showed their mothers what they have learned by coming to la Ludoteca. They discussedtopics such as child domestic work, self-esteem, and interpersonal communication.
The adolescents chose to talk about the importance of communication with the mothers of Jugando Aprendo. They talked about the importance of having a positive attitude, as well as the value of freely expressing personal opinions, while also caring for the feelings of others.
In November, 17 children and 16 adolescents doing child domestic work were able to go on a field trip. The group of children went to the Park of Imagination, an educational and recreational place, where they learned through playing. Many of these children had never left the shantytown of Nueva Rinconada with their parents. Due to this, we ensured that the fieldtrip was fun and interactive. The adolescents were able to see a movie. A rare experience of relaxation and diversion!
Around 40 boys, girls, and adolescents regularly attended weekly school reinforcement sessions. Each one demonstrated a great desire and effort to improve their grades. Thanks to the support of the promotoras, the students were able to work in groups, construct miniatures, exhibit projects, and prepare for final exams. 6 of our children are first in their respective classes, a fact that makes us feel very proud of the work we have been doing. We thank you for supporting us.
This month we celebrated Christmas in la Ludoteca. We organized a show for the children, and ate chocolate with cake. It was a beautiful celebration.
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for having confidence in our work, and for giving children and adolescents doing child domestic work the possibility to continue having a place where they feel loved, while learning by playing.
¡Muchas gracias amigos donadores!
We are ending this year in the new Casa de Panchita, which is very cozy and looks more organized than the previous one.
Like every year, we organized a small celebration with women working in domestic service and adolescents from the night schools we work with. It was an opportunity to sing carols, share turkey sandwiches (a gift from Ian, a friend of our organization), and raffle gifts that we had gathered during the year for this occasion. Some of our staff and domestic workers’ children also attended the celebration.
We want to share with you the most emotional moment of the day: a special recognition was given to three members of our team, who this December concluded their studies in business and administration. Two of the graduates were child domestic workers, and after years of efforts and sacrifices, they had a great reward.
We realize that nowadays our dream of buying a permanent venue for our organization is a hard one to make come true. However, the fact of having three new professionals in our team fills us with joy and pride. Our commitment to Elizabeth, Marleni and Rita, the graduates, gives us hope that even the greatest challenges can be conquered.
Thank you for supporting us! From AGTR-La Casa de Panchita we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year!