Children
 Peru
Project #14103

Changing lives of child domestic workers in Peru

by Asociacion Grupo de Trabajo Redes (AGTR)

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 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!

Girl playing at our center, Ludoteca
Girl playing at our center, Ludoteca

Dear friends,

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!

Best regards,

Eveli Leyva

Dear Supporters,

On June 12 we celebrated the International Day Against Child Labour! An event was organized by state entities, the Municipality of Miraflores, the ILO and several NGOs. AGTR played an important role: children and adolescents from AGTR created and performed a play at the event. Although it was a school day, part of “Jugando Aprendo" could attend. We were very happy because the Minister of Labour attended and spoke about the urgency of fighting to eliminate child labor.

Last Sunday, June 19th, was Father's Day. Many of our children live with their mother only (their fathers left), but in our weekly meeting we addressed the importance taking good care of children: accept them as they are, talk to them, play with them... Little by little these good concepts are being assimilated and put into practice by promoters and families. Our Jugando Aprendo’s center really is a space to build a better life.

Thank you for your continued support!

 

Sincerely,

Eveli Leyva

Children painting at the Ludoteca
Children painting at the Ludoteca

Dear Friends,

At our Ludoteca, kids have just presented their theater play, after a whole month of rehearsal in January. From August 2016 up to January 2016, British volunteer Abigail has been working with children in child domestic work, using dramatic art to raise awareness about their civil rights. The title of the play was “Celeste y Apallimay”. It was meant to show parents and other members of the local community the hazardous activities entailed by domestic work and how child labor deprives children of leisure and education.

February was the last month of holiday for children. We organized several workshops to make the last part of their summer break fun. They participated in dancing, cooking, painting and crafting activities at the Ludoteca. These workshops are also part of our educational program, as they help boys and girls learn how to work in team, develop their creativity and improve their social skills. This was made possible by the amazing work of five of our promoters.

Children are now back to school and they are very excited to get to know their new teachers and classmates.

Our school support program keeps helping boys and girls in child domestic labor improve their grades. We help them do their homework and clarify doubts about things they did not understand in class. The books we have at the Ludoteca are very useful to do research and help kids prepare their oral presentations on different subjects. The great majority of children attending our center is getting very good grades! This is an amazing accomplishment for us.

We are very grateful to all of our supporters and donors for their continued and great generosity!

Clown Show at the Ludoteca
Clown Show at the Ludoteca

Dear Friends, 

We hope you had a Merry Christmas and we wish you a happy 2016!

Jugando Aprendo started its Christmas activities decorating its center with the help of children and adolescents in child domestic work and the promoters. The decoration was perfect for the “Chocolatada” (hot chocolate party) we had at the Ludoteca. The children enjoyed a clown show, participated enthusiastically in several activities and dances and they all received a present at the end of the day. The celebration was very entertaining and our kids had the chance to spend quality time with friends and family.

During the last workshop with the mothers of children and adolescents we also had a little celebration. We took the chance to collect their feedback on the activities they carried out during the past year with our psychologist Jennifer. They felt they had improved a lot in several areas, such as:

  • Expressing their feelings and emotions;
  • Improving the communication with their partner;
  • Improving the communication with their children;
  • Improving their self-esteem;
  • Finding a safe space to share their experiences and dedicate more time to taking care of themselves;

They also told us that they really appreciate the support the promoters and the psychologist provide.

During school support sessions at the Ludoteca, we started to implement educational games. This strategy has increased the skills  and focus of our children, who learned a lot and shared what they learned with their younger friends. The promoters organized crafting workshops with recycled products. They created Christmas decorations that the children could than take home to decorate their houses.

Of the 35 children who regularly attend our center, most have passed with excellent grades. Three girls and three boys were the first of their respective classes. This is is a great achievement for Jugando Aprendo.

During January and February the children are on holiday. For many of them this means more work. However, we want these holidays to be a cheerful time. For this reason we are going to start a program called LUDOVERANO and organize theatre, dance, pastry, first aid and crafts workshops. 

Thank you for your trust and support!

Eveli Leyva

 

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Asociacion Grupo de Trabajo Redes (AGTR)

Location: Lima, Peru - Peru
Website: http:/​/​www.gruporedes.org
Project Leader:
Blanca Figueroa
Lima, Peru
$42,910 raised of $50,000 goal
 
225 donations
$7,090 to go
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