BY JOY OFASIA
16 women and girls from Jericho II community, outskirts of Honiara have equipped themselves with new knowledge and skills on how to prepare and bake different types of cake and pastry products.
The one-day basic baking course and workshop training was organized by Jericho II Community Development Trust over the weekend to train the beginners with a basic understanding of different types of baking methods, develop decorative skills, and knowledge of different flavors and shapes of cakes and pastries.
Jenny Joe Leabulu, a local participant of the workshop told SOLOMON WOMEN that she is very happy to join the training which will add value to her skills as a mother.
“I am very happy to be here to learn these new skills. As a mother and a housewife I am a woman who is interested in marketing and learning these new skills will add value to my marketing of food,” Jenny said.
Likewise, the Chairman of Jericho II Community Development Trust (J2CDT), Timothy Fiulaua said the training aims to empower women and girls to access the training and workshops to build their capacity in livelihood activities under the community waste management project campaign.
“The basic baking class workshop is one of the activities under objective two that aims to create alternative livelihood training for Jericho II women and girls and I want to acknowledge the Pacific People Advancing Change (PPAC) Phase 5 under South Pacific Community (SPC) for funding the project,” the Chairman said.
The training facilitator, Clerah Kaniki also reiterated that after the training, participants are expected to continue to bake and be creative and add value to their skills and put them into practice to improve more.
Also, J2CDT board member, Henry Kaniki said the basic baking class is a first of its kind to be held in the Jericho II community and the successful implementation of the activity sets a good example for more similar activities to come with a focus on women, girls, youths and marginalized group of people in the community.
“Most of these women have not been able to access such training, so having this training in the community taken place is a great opportunity to create space for them to learn,” Mr. Kaniki said.
The Jericho 2 community is a community-based organization that focuses on waste management in the outskirt of Honiara city and part of the objective is to empower its members through capacity building, livelihood training, and life skills.