Protect 300 Girls from Child Domestic Work in Peru

by Asociacion Grupo de Trabajo Redes (AGTR)
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I want to be a psychologist - Maria, 11
I want to be a psychologist - Maria, 11

Dear Supporters,

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:

  • $500,000 USD in matching funds on #GivingTuesday, November 29, applied at 50% to all donations of up to $1,000 USD;
  • New recurring donations up to $100 USD per month will have their initial donation matched at 200% on #GivingTuesday;
  • The top five fund-raising projects, projects with the most unique donors and projects with the most new donors will receive Bonus Prizes of $1,500, $750, $500, $350, and $225 respectively for each category.

Thank you!

Blanca Figueroa


*María is a fictional name we used to protect her privacy. Everything else is real!

Girls at one of the schools AGTR works with
Girls at one of the schools AGTR works with

Dear supporters:

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!

 

Best regards,

Blanca Figueroa

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!

Sincerely

Blanca Figueroa

 

Iveth
Iveth
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

 

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Asociacion Grupo de Trabajo Redes (AGTR)

Location: Lima, Peru - Peru
Website: http:/​/​www.gruporedes.org
Project Leader:
Blanca Figueroa
Lima, Lima Peru
2016 Year End Campaign
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$52,005 raised of $65,000 goal
 
810 donations
$12,995 to go
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