Dec 19, 2016

A proud and happy Xmas at our new Casa de Panchita

Dear Supporters,

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!

Blanca Figueroa

Dec 19, 2016

New Experiences Bring Success in School and Life

Dear Friends,

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 discussed topics 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 discussed 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!

Dec 16, 2016

Learning to share and listen to each other!

Girls learning to share and listen to each other
Girls learning to share and listen to each other

Dear Supporters,

A couple of weeks ago we had our last Sunday session with girls in child domestic work, before the Christmas break. The past few months have been great and we organized many educational and fun activities at La Casa de Panchita.

Girls in child domestic work do not spend much time socializing with their peers or with their families. We believe it is very important for them to be able to share their problems and that they learn to support each other. We decided to include a special activity in our Sunday sessions. With the help of AGTR’s team and volunteers, girls are encouraged to open up and give each other advice. This is also a good way to learn if some of them are facing concerning issues and need counseling from our psychologist.

Sunday sessions at La Casa de Panchita will resume after the summer break, thanks to your generous contributions! Hoping that this Christmas season you will decide to support us once more, we would like to let you know that AGTR is participating in GlobalGiving’s Year-end Campaign and has, the chance to win bonus prizes thanks to your donations. There are $10,000 available! The campaign will run until December 31st!

Our girls and everybody at AGTR wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Thank you!


Blanca Figueroa

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