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Helping Women Develop Employment Skills
October 22, 2011

UPLIFT Haiti volunteer Pam Reid (right) mixes ingredients for hummus while Maxwell Center students grate carrots, other vegetables, and nutmeg.
Preparing food

Residents of Kay Mak get some software training from UPLIFT Haiti volunteer Nick Victor (right).
Computer training

This past summer, seven UPLIFT Haiti volunteers conducted a 4-day seminar in food handling and food preparation for women in a vocational training program in Baradères, Haiti.

Our volunteers also provided computer training in a mountain community south of Baradères.

The July 25-28 seminar at the Fr. John Maxwell Vocational School in Baradères focused on safe food handling and exposure to a variety of food preparations, table settings, garnishing techniques and cake decorating.  Click here for details and photos from the seminar sessions.

In early November, another UPLIFT Haiti team will visit the Maxwell Center to conduct training in sewing and embroidery.

UPLIFT Haiti can carry out its projects only because of our U.S. and Haitian volunteers and the continuing generosity of our supporters who donate cash and materials. You can make a tax-deductible donation here. We and our Haitian partners are grateful for your support.

A Catholic community of Haitian sisters operates the Maxwell Center, where 25 local women are enrolled in the center's 2-year study program.  The seminar began Monday, July 25, with sessions covering safe food handling and culinary esthetics.  The remaining sessions through Thursday, July 28, explored creative cooking with local produce to provide variations on foods familiar to the women.  In addition to instructional lessons, we guided the women in preparing a variety of cakes and in practicing decorative techniques.  

The seminar concluded July 28 with a banquet and graduation ceremony.  Each woman enrolled in the vocational program received a certificate of completion and a gift bag of cutting boards, cloth napkins, paring tools and decorating bag and tips. 

During the same week as the July seminar, some of the UPLIFT Haiti team members traveled to Kay Mak, a remote mountain community south of Baradères.  There, they led two days of teaching young adults how to use word processing and spreadsheet software.  This work was part of our collaboration with a Kay Mak community group to establish a solar-powered computer center.  The center will provide community access to the Internet, computer based training, and business services—a sort of mountaintop, community-run Kinko’s.

Our November trip to Haiti will include more work in the Kay Mak community to advance the computer center project and the collaborative planning of a project for sustainable vegetable gardening.   

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