La Casa de Panchita exists because girls as young as 9 from the poverty of the Andes and shantytowns are forced to work cleaning, cooking and watching children in other people's homes. They are years behind in their schooling and often doomed to work in domestic service their entire life. Through workshops, psychological counseling, school support and recreational and cultural field-trips, at La Casa de Panchita we help these girls and adolescents pursue a better and dignified life.
The owner of La Casa de Panchita's space is selling the building when our lease runs out in July, 2015. We will have to move to a new venue, facing great economic challenges. In order to avoid this situation repeating itself, we need to secure a permanent home for our NGO. It is the only way to ensure the future of our services for more than 2,700 girls (per year) exposed to child domestic work. We need La Casa de Panchita to remain a "home away from home" for young domestic workers.
Reaching the $30,000 goal will bring us a step closer to securing a place to keep offering our services at La Casa de Panchita and improving the human and labor rights of our girls, adolescents and women who work in domestic service in Peru, through education, grassroots outreach to families, access to basic healthcare and legal services, advocacy and a mission-driven employment agency.
By acquiring our "casa" we can keep helping more than 2,700 girls per year break through a legacy of poverty and servitude passed from mother to daughter because of a lack of opportunity and education. As they gain skills, confidence and understanding of their rights, they pursue an education and secure better jobs. In the long run, they will be empowered to obtain a better livelihood and set new paths future generations.
This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).
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