Protect girls from child domestic labor in Peru

by Asociacion Grupo de Trabajo Redes (AGTR)
Girls staging with puppets the risks of CDW
Girls staging with puppets the risks of CDW

Winter is coming to an end. Although there is no snow or heavy rain in Lima, we do have almost 100% humidity and a persistent drizzle. This winter in Lima has been particularly cold and wet. For this reason we have made some changes to our Sunday activities for girls in child domestic labor and adult domestic workers.

The group of girls coming from San Juan de Miraflores arrive at 10am at La Casa de Panchita. They immediately receive a hot cup of quinoa mixed with apples and some cake. This is very good for them, since some of them have not had breakfast at home. Lunch is served at 1pm and it always includes seasonal fruit.

Domestic workers participate in labor rights workshops and are also offered a snack that gives them energy and warms them up.


Women learn to value themselves and their work. After attending La Casa de Panchita they talk about their takeaways:

"I have to think about myself as well, value myself as a woman and a worker. Normally, my children and husband come first. I do not think of myself, but  if I value what I do, then I'm better at my job too. "

"I did not use to admit that I worked as the help, because I felt bad about it and I thought it was not real work. I do not feel the same way anymore. Now I know it is a decent job. I heard about La Casa de Panchita on the radio, listening to the novel Panchita. I liked what I heard and I decided to find out more! "

"We take care of their home. We serve them so that everything works better in their life. If we were not there, everything would be more complicated, wouldn’t it? Who would look after their children? Who would cook? Who would clean the house? Our employers also need to start valuing our work".


Girls learn about the risks of working in domestic service and they also share what they learn at La Casa de Panchita:

"Children should not be taking care of younger children. It is a huge risk for both of them!"

"We have learned that children are not supposed to be working. We are supposed to go to school and enjoy our childhood. Now I know what Child domestic work is!"

"Girls like myself should be in school. We shouldn’t be working!"


Thank you for helping make this possible!

Blanca Figueroa

Sunday sessions at La Casa de Panchita
Sunday sessions at La Casa de Panchita

Dear Supporters,

Today is BONUS DAY! As you may know, donations made to our project will be matched by GlobalGiving at 50% (up to $1,000 per donor), starting at 9am EDT (3pm ECST). This is a very important day for us and for the girls in child domestic labour we support. Today you can make a great(er) difference!

Thanks to your donations, Sunday sessions with child domestic workers  are up end running! These sessions are very important for girls like Iveth, a 12 year-old child labourer who is afraid of dropping the baby she takes care of, and of suffering physical abuse while working at her employer’s house. At La Casa de Panchita she learned about her rights as a child and about a place called DEMUNA, where she can report violations to her rights and receive additional help. 

Please consider making a donation to keep helping girls like Iveth reclaim their childhood!

Thank you!


Blanca Figueroa


Workshops with CDWs at La Casa de Panchita
Workshops with CDWs at La Casa de Panchita

Dear Supporters,

This time we want to talk about a particular aspect of our work at La Casa de Panchita: promoting empowerment of girls and adolescents who perform child domestic work (CDW).

These girls in CDW, not only often enter school at a late age, but they also fall behind up to three years, as keep failing due to the limited time they are able to dedicate to their studies. And his situation also leads to other problems.

One of these problems is low self-esteem. CDWs do not value themselves due to the fact that domestic work is an underrated job in Peru. There is a general belief that it is an occupation for indigenous people, still victims of racism, or lower socio-economic classes. These adolescents experience abuse and disparagement:

  • “Employers often tell us: You are useless, worthless! If they think we did not do what they told us, the way they told us” (Patricia, 13, child domestic worker).
  • “My employer often tells me that I never learn what she teaches me. She gets very angry and shouts at me” (Maria, 14, child domestic worker).
  • “Employers often tell us that we are useless, that we are not able to perform the simplest task” (Diana, 12, child domestic worker).

At La Casa de Panchita, through workshops and individual guidance, CDWs learn about the risks involved in domestic work, as well as about their right to attend punctually and regularly school or enjoy recreational time. They become aware of their rights, do not accept to be mistreated anymore and start looking for better employment options (unfortunately, it is not always possible to withdraw these girls from child labor).

Our organization also implements activities to sensitize employers. We urge them to change their attitude towards domestic workers to end social segregation. It is a hard and round-the-clock task, but we are starting to see positive results!

Thank you for your continued support!

Best Regards,


Blanca Figuroa

Janet - Child domestic worker since the age of 11
Janet - Child domestic worker since the age of 11

Dear Friends,

Can you remember Bernardina? A few weeks ago we shared with you the story of her life as a child domestic worker. But we thought you should hear her experience, as well as Janet's (child domestic worker from the age of 11 till 18), directly from them. Sometimes it is difficult to let people understand how hard life as a child domestic worker is, so we would like to share with you this short video interview:

Please take a few minutes to watch it and consider supporting our project to protect girls from child domestic labor once again. Thank you!

Wishing you a Happy New Year,

Blanca Figueroa

Carmen, 10 year-old child domestic worker
Carmen, 10 year-old child domestic worker

Dear Friends,

We would like to thank you once again for your support and wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

At La Casa de Panchita we had a Christmas celebration with our girls! They had a lot of fun crafting Christmas decorations, dancing and playing. They also made wishes for 2016. Carmen, one of the child domestic workers who attends our workshops, wishes she could have “a better house and a computer”. This does not sound like a 10 year-old typical Christmas wish, does it?
As you may know, these girls come from San Juan de Miraflores, one of the poorest districts in the outskirts of Lima, where a great part of the population lives in shantytowns. Carmen explained she would like to have a computer to have access to more information when doing her homework and improve her grades.

We may not be able to give a computer to our girls (or a house!), but thanks to your support we are able to give them school support and a place where they can feel safe and enjoy their childhood.

AGTR-La Casa de Panchita is participating in Globalgiving’s Year-End Campaign and, with your help, could win special prizes to keep this project running a bit longer! Here’s the project:

Thank you!


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Asociacion Grupo de Trabajo Redes (AGTR)

Location: Lima, Peru - Peru
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Blanca Figueroa
Lima, Lima Peru
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