Children
 Peru
Project #14103

Changing lives of child domestic workers in Peru

by Asociacion Grupo de Trabajo Redes (AGTR)
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

Dear Supporters,

These last months have brought about exiting changes, enthusiasm and optimism for Jugando Aprendo and our Ludoteca. The boys and girls regularly attending our school support program have improved their engagement and their grades. Their mothers are very happy about it and thankful for the support their kids receive. They told us that they do not have books at home and the homework assigned by teachers is too hard for them, since they never finished primary school.

19 of our children's mothers are actively participating in workshops carried out by our psychologist, Jennifer. At the Ludoteca they can be heard and feel safe enough to share their emotions and experiences. We were able to motivate and engage those mothers who want a change for their children and families. Jennifer managed to give orientation to these mothers to help them value themselves as women and make their own decisions.

Four months ago we started working with 12 adolescents in child domestic work. This is a new and gratifying challenge for us. These adolescents face a different set of problems, such as those brought about by growing up in their environment. Most of them face teen pregnancy and "pandillaje" (the influence or recruitment by gangs). Ana María Ruekner, another psychologist from AGTR-La Casa de Panchita is assessing us in this new task. She has experience in working with adolescents and we are learning a lot about how to assist and guide teenagers through the challenges they tell us they need help with.

This month we celebrate our 6th anniversary and we are very proud to be able to carry on with our work. We all want a change and we are committed to achieving it. We know we still have a lot to do and we are going to keep pursuing our objectives and dreams of a better future for our children and adolescents!

All this is made possible by your generosity!
Thank you for your continued support!

 

Sincerely,

Eveli Leyva

Dear supporters,
It is a pleasure to share with you our recent achievements and efforts to keep improving the support we provide to our children and adolescents here at the Ludoteca.
Our promoters keep receiving psychology workshops and training aimed at improving their school support and childcare skills. We would like to highlight the great work of three of our youngest promoters, Elizabeth, Carla and Wanderly, who are doing a great job in implementing the new methodology they are learning during the above mentioned workshops.
We recently started working with adolescents in child domestic labor. We offer two workshops per month, dealing with emotional issues, low self-esteem, and adolescence in general. They are really enjoying these workshops because there is no other place in Nueva Rinconada providing this kind of service.
It is winter in Lima and it is cold in the mountains where the Ludoteca is situated. Humidity and drizzle leak into our center because the uralita roof is more than ten year old. We therefore organized a fundraising event here in Lima, in order to be able to change it. Thanks to the efforts made by promoters and the children and adolescents' mothers, we managed to raise the money.
Keeping our center running is a great challenge, but we keep learning and improving our work.
Thank you for believing in us and for your continued support.

Best regards,

Eveli

Dear GlobalGiving supporters:

We are very happy and thankful for your support this second year.

This past February, we started for the very first time the “Ludoverano” workshops. These are a series of fun activities for the kids such as dancing classes, handicrafts, soccer, voleyball, and first aid training. We wanted for the kids to have a great time at the Ludoteca during their school vacation, a time to learn, use their creativity, and develop new skills. At the end of the summer, the kids prepared a show for their family and friends to present what they learned. Some volunteers and members of another NGO called Documental Perú alsoo joined the celebration.

In March school started and so the tutoring sessions at the Ludoteca. All the kids come always willing to learn, they use our books and other supplies. They also, as usual, get a nutricious snak every time, they love it!

Thank you to all of you GlobalGiving friends!

Some of our girls and staff at La Casa de Panchita
Some of our girls and staff at La Casa de Panchita

We are writing this special report because we need you:

La Casa de Panchita, our main venue, for so many girls in domestic work across Lima is a place of hope, an oasis, a place made by them and for them.Unfortunately, without your very real help, this all stands to change.  After 25 years, La Casa de Panchita needs your immediate assistance. Please, for the sake of the most vulnerable in Lima, do not shirk from our call.  

We have the opportunity to purchase the house, but if we don't, La Casa de Panchita will have to move, and in moving, we will be forced to close the majority of our activities. The landlord is willing to sell us the building for one third of the market price.  We need you to give in order to be able to buy it.

Please check out our new project on GlobalGiving «Give girls in domestic work a safe place in Peru» and consider making a donation:

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/give-girls-in-domestic-work-a-safe-place-in-peru/

 

Thank you!

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Organization Information

Asociacion Grupo de Trabajo Redes (AGTR)

Location: Lima, Peru - Peru
Website: http:/​/​www.gruporedes.org
Project Leader:
Blanca Figueroa
Lima, Peru
$41,530 raised of $60,000 goal
 
200 donations
$18,470 to go
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