La Casa de Panchita in a not-for-profit organization in Lima, Peru; it acts as a meeting place for domestic workers of all ages. The organization promotes the strengthening of domestic workers' self-esteem, as well as educates them on their rights and the fulfillment of their responsibilities. Every domestic worker that visits La Casa de Panchita is given advice and given the tools that fuel independence. The main objective of La Casa de Panchita is to spread and defend the rights of excluded people who face discrimination due to poverty, age, gender, colour, language or culture. Their vision is for a Peru where all receive the rights they are entitled to, and where the state and its institutions to be responsible for the fulfilment of those rights, promote them and resolve any violation of these rights promptly and justly.
La Casa de Panchita is run by dedicated volunteers who oversee the services and activities free of charge for the public that visits. They offer services such as tutoring in schoolwork, library access, English classes, employment and placement in domestic services, legal advise, sexual and reproductive health consultations, emotional guidance, and plenty of workshops. In addition, they offer activities for the visitors to socialize and bond such as, karaoke, movie nights, cultural and recreational outings, and when possible providing contact with family members in rural areas. All of these services are meant to raise self-esteem and encourage independence.
The talented photographers Connie Tsang and Jessie Chaney travelled to Peru and visited La Casa de Panchita’s various everyday programs and workshops. Connie and Jessie captured the activities of each program as well as the lives of the indigenous people participating in these programs.
Connie Tsang is a Toronto-based photographer, specializing in events, editorial, and photojournalism. Credits include the CBC, the Guardian, the Museum of the City of New York’s Activist NY, and work with Toronto’s MaRS Discovery District. Connie aims to support innovative organizations involved in social change, community-building, and human rights and is proud to have represented Photographers Without Borders this year at Casa de Panchita, a defender of women and child domestic workers in Lima, Peru.
Drawing on traditions of fine art, travel photography, social documentary and anthropology, Jessie’s work is influenced by new environments, artists, people and cultures. Jessie is inspired by the unseen moments and overlooked details of the spiritual in the everyday. Jessie holds a Bachelor’s in Photography and Art History from Brown University and a Masters in Photojournalism from the London College of Communication. She lives and works in Los Angeles and London.
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