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:
*María is a fictional name we used to protect her privacy. Everything else is real!
Every Sunday, from 9am to 10am, our organization hosts a radio program called “We are not invisible”, about the issues faced by girls and women in domestic work.
Domestic workers often begin their schooling late or drop out due to hard working conditions, never completing primary education. We asked our listeners if they thought there was a proper age to be in school and they answered:
“There is no age limit when it comes to education. It’s hard when you move to lima at a young age to work, but schools have a night classes [from 6pm to 10pm] domestic workers can attend to. It takes a lot of determination, but we can do it!”. - Maria, 37
“My grandma could read, but had never learned how to write. At 67 she went back to school and she is doing great! She is so proud of herself and does not worry about her age”. - Carmen, 24.
At La Casa de Panchita we help child domestic workers stay in school and acquire the educational capital they need to build a better future for themselves. We empower adult domestic workers to complete their education and improve their livelihood. Together we can make a difference.
Thank you for your support!
In Pamplona Alta, where the Ludoteca is located, we had a cold winter. The hills are covered with mist and it still gets dark quite early at night. However, children and adolescents still attend regularly our center.
This last month we received a group of scouts from France and they helped us improve the facade of the center and build vertical gardens. Other students and volunteers also collaborated changing parts of the wooden walls. Children and teenagers now take turns watering our brand new vertical gardens and keeping the Ludoteca clean.
The children had a two-week holiday. They played a lot and participated in the LUDO CINE where we projected cartoons and educational films.
Some of our children participated in drawing, dance and math contests at their schools and ...won first prizes! We are very proud of them, because we are seeing a real improvement. During the first semester they are all getting good grades and their mothers also are very happy.
A teenager who used to be beneficiary of the Ludoteca, has now become promoter. Moreover, thanks to the good development of her skills and her commitment, she obtained very good grades in school and was awarded a scholarship by the Peruvian government to attend high school. She is very excited about these two achievement and we are very proud of her.
Thank you once again for helping us make this possible!