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Protect 300 Girls from Child Domestic Work in Peru

by Asociacion Grupo de Trabajo Redes (AGTR)
Protect 300 Girls from Child Domestic Work in Peru
Protect 300 Girls from Child Domestic Work in Peru
Protect 300 Girls from Child Domestic Work in Peru
Protect 300 Girls from Child Domestic Work in Peru
Protect 300 Girls from Child Domestic Work in Peru
Protect 300 Girls from Child Domestic Work in Peru
Protect 300 Girls from Child Domestic Work in Peru
Protect 300 Girls from Child Domestic Work in Peru
Protect 300 Girls from Child Domestic Work in Peru
Protect 300 Girls from Child Domestic Work in Peru
Protect 300 Girls from Child Domestic Work in Peru
Protect 300 Girls from Child Domestic Work in Peru
Protect 300 Girls from Child Domestic Work in Peru
Protect 300 Girls from Child Domestic Work in Peru
Protect 300 Girls from Child Domestic Work in Peru
Protect 300 Girls from Child Domestic Work in Peru
Protect 300 Girls from Child Domestic Work in Peru
Protect 300 Girls from Child Domestic Work in Peru
Protect 300 Girls from Child Domestic Work in Peru
Protect 300 Girls from Child Domestic Work in Peru
Protect 300 Girls from Child Domestic Work in Peru
Protect 300 Girls from Child Domestic Work in Peru
Protect 300 Girls from Child Domestic Work in Peru
Protect 300 Girls from Child Domestic Work in Peru

Dear supporters,

We are glad to share with you that the educational/recreational Sunday sessions at AGTR-La Casa de Panchita are going very well. We received a visit from a group of PhD students from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. They met our girls and helped us carry out several educational workshops and and playful activities. The girls were very happy to get to know them and had a lot fun, asking questions, practicing english and taking pictures. 

Receiving support from international volunteers allows girls in child domestic work to interact with a diverse group of people, learn about different cultures and languages, learn to share their experiences and cultivate their dreams for the future. At the same time, volunteers learn about the reality of child labor and the risks related to child domestic work, enabling them to help us spread the word and achieve our goals. 

Developing and keeping up our volunteer program is possible also thanks to your continued support over the years. We are grateful and always looking for ways to improve the experience of both girls in child domestic work and volunteers from all over the world. Thank you!

Sincerely,

Blanca Figueroa

Dear Supporters,

Last March, the new school year began in Peru and the Sunday Sessions at AGTR’s venue have also started. This year, one of the topics that will be discussed with girls in child domestic labor are the identification of sexual harassment and strategies to prevent it. This is a very important issue, since, unfortunately, violence against girls and women is a serious problem in Peru. In addition, other sessions will include strategies for the girls to achieve a better communication with their mothers, a key figure for the prevention of harassment and for reporting inappropriate behavior.

15 girls attend each Sunday, because our space is small. On the other hand, this allows us to provide personalized care to each of them. As always, this great initiative is possible thanks to your support. Thank you!

Sincerely,

Blanca Figueroa

Dear Friends

The end of the year is always a good time to think about what we have accomplished: During the last six months of 2018, more than 600 women visited our institutional venue, La Casa de Panchita. A total of 134 obtained employment in domestic service, with a fair salary and dignified working conditions. Some of them participated in workshops such as English courses, computer training, self-esteem improvement and others organized by our volunteers. Likewise, a group of 15 girls in child domestic labor took part in recreational and educational Sunday sessions, all year long. All this was possible thanks to your support! We are planning on continuing our commitment to the girls and women we serve, while always working to improve our work.

We wish you a happy new year and we hope we will keep supporting girls and women together!

Best regards,

Blanca Figueroa

“When I was 9, I came to Lima from a remote community, very up high in the Andes, looking for better living conditions. I started working in a house. I felt invisible and felt that everything around me turned dark. I lived a nightmare in the houses where I worked: I experienced harassment and abuse. I don't even want to remember... I was just a girl, I was afraid, I didn’t know what to do and I wanted to scream all the time... but I held on. 

I didn’t know who to tell what was happening to me, or if they would believe me. I also felt guilty, I had that feeling entangled in me and I felt trapped. I thought about going to talk to a policeman. But the policeman would have told me to leave the house… and where could he go? I was a girl, Andean, Quechua-speaker. I would have ended up living on the street. 

And this is still happening in this country! Girls who work in a house as helpers are harassed, abused... those girls are invisible!”

This is the story of María (we changed her name and her photo to protect her privacy) and many other girls and women who start working as child domestic laborers. For them, it is very important that La Casa de Panchita, stays open, as it is a safe place where they can share their experience, learn about the rights of domestic workers and gain the strength to fight for them.

Thanks to you, La Casa de Panchita continues to provide services to girls and women who need them! Thank you!

Sincerely,

Blanca Figueroa

Many of the adult women we serve started working in domestic service when they were young girls. Thanks to our weekly radio program, "We are not invisible" (Sundays from 8am to 9am) they can share their experiences and we want to share with you two of them:

"I'm from Lima. I am now 40 years old. When I was 15, I started working in a house. For a while it was bearable, but after spending a lot of time locked up in that house, I became very anxious. It was a very difficult situation. For a minor, a 15-year-old, having to face the employer's advances, not having a schedule, working with chemical products... it was very difficult. Minors should not work. "

"I'm from Cusco, I came to work to Lima when I was 12 years old. The first month they treated me well, but the situation soon became terrible: I cried day and night, they beat me and I could not defend myself. It makes me very sad remembering, very painful. I have three children. I work to pay for their education, because I want them to be professionals, not to suffer like me. I never told my mother what happened to me. She thinks everything was fine... I never told her, nor my sisters and brothers".

This is why La Casa de Panchita is such an important space to protect girls and women who work in domestic service and offer them a safe space, where they have the opportunity to talk about their problems. Games, nutritious lunches, walks, reflections on the risks of domestic work... all this is possible thanks to your support.

Thank you!

Sincerely,

Blanca Figueroa

 

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Asociacion Grupo de Trabajo Redes (AGTR)

Location: Lima, Peru - Peru
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Blanca Figueroa
Lima, Lima Peru
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