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

Nov 23, 2016

What did you want to be when you were a child?

I want to be a psychologist - Maria, 11
I want to be a psychologist - Maria, 11

Dear Supporters,

Girls in child domestic work (CDW) attending our Sunday workshops receive vocational training as part of their empowerment process. We ask them to think about what they want to be when they grow up, based on their interests and aspirations for the future. Today we would like to share with you María’s* dreams, a 11-year-old girl exposed to CDW:

“I want to be a Psychologist. I am a good listener and I like to help people, especially other children and adolescents. I want to help others improve their attitude and feel better with themselves”.

María lives in one of the most impoverished areas of Lima, Peru, where the quality of public education is extremely low. She needs school support so as one day she can have the chance to access secondary education, find a qualified job and escape exploitation. María needs to gain the self-esteem she needs to believe she can build a better future.

The end of the year is a very important time for AGTR and La Casa de Panchita. The December campaign is crucial if we are to raise sufficient funds to allow our projects to continue. We need your help to ensure we can hold our ground for the women and girls we serve, so as to be able to break new ground in the future. We need your support more than ever to keep up the great work we have done together. We humbly ask that you make a life-affirming donation.

We are going to participate in GlobalGiving’s Year-end Campaign and this year it comes with more opportunities than ever:

  • $500,000 USD in matching funds on #GivingTuesday, November 29, applied at 50% to all donations of up to $1,000 USD;
  • New recurring donations up to $100 USD per month will have their initial donation matched at 200% on #GivingTuesday;
  • The top five fund-raising projects, projects with the most unique donors and projects with the most new donors will receive Bonus Prizes of $1,500, $750, $500, $350, and $225 respectively for each category.

Thank you!

Blanca Figueroa

*María is a fictional name we used to protect her privacy. Everything else is real!

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