In Peru, many girls migrate from poor rural areas to work in domestic work in the capital where they are virtually ignored by society. Girls who live with their employers have limited access to resources and social support. Because they are isolated and lack knowledge about healthcare, thousands of girls are at risk for health problems, unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases (STD).
If we provide health care education to girls in domestic work they will be better prepared to make proactive decisions about their healthcare, gain more control over their lives and learn to love their bodies.
The project will educate 150 girls who are in domestic work about how to take care of their bodies. We will encourage healthy self care behavior and encourage the girls to develop more autonomy in their healthcare decisions, a skill that will help them as they set priorities for their present and future. Our mentoring approach enables older girls to develop leadership skills, offers younger girls role models they can look up to, and reduces the sense isolation of all the participants.