Graceworks

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Livelihoods

GraceWorks’ livelihood initiatives are about generating sustainable incomes by developing long term projects and freeing individuals and communities caught in the downward spiral of chronic poverty. By equipping people with the necessary skills and empowering them by creating opportunities and pathways to generate income, we promote self esteem and allow them to support their families and build a future which includes value and hope. These projects have included a sewing centre, a pre-school and a farm, all of which are now self-funded, managed and owned by local staff.

We currently have two projects in the development stage:

  • Soy milk manufacturing

  • Cooking classes for tourists

Our soy milk plant is continuing to grow as we work with sponsors to support the supply of soy milk to schools, small businesses and children’s homes. The quality of the soy milk is excellent, a result of our team’s dedication to achieving a commercially acceptable product. 

Soy milk production



Schools and children's homes are the main focus for soy milk distribution

Commercial cooking classes are designed to allow students to transition to a small business environment by offering a uniquely Myanmar food experience to foreign visitors. Guests are given a guided tour of a traditional fresh food market where the ingredients are purchased for their cooking class which is held at our vocational training centre. The enterprise serves to consolidate and reinforce all aspects of education and life skills training delivered at the centre and to provide financial support for the project and for the students as they complete their studies.

Visiting the market

The Consulting

The Cooking

The Food

The Eating

 

Myanmar cooking classes

As an exercise in small business operation, our Project Food Mosaic vocational education students were given valuable practical experience developing a new social enterprise initiative.

The students used their kitchen management and food production skills to offer Myanmar cooking classes to foreign visitors. Students conduct guided tours of a local food market and later involve the guests in the preparation of several traditional Burmese and ethnic dishes. The tours received overwhelmingly positive reviews.

Discontinuation of the Project Food Mosaic Program

In March 2015, GWM received some disappointing news which affects the funding for the Project Food Mosaic program and training centre in Yangon.  This has an immediate impact on GWM’s ability to continue the training course beyond April 2015.

We started the training project in 2012 with an original plan to run the training program for three years. This has enabled us to train two groups of young disadvantaged Myanmar people, including the current intake due to graduate on 10 April 2015. During the 11 month course, our 13 trainees received free accommodation, English, computing and personal development tuition and a chance to build their skills and their confidence through our traditional market tours and cooking classes for tourists.

You are one of our many valued supporters to show generosity through dedicating your interest, time, professional skills and services, collaboration and support in countless ways. Whether you are a volunteer who has taught our students, a customer of one of our market tours, a social enterprise or learning organisation, from our Facebook community or a research institution, GWM would like to thank you for being part of Project Food Mosaic.

We have already witnessed the benefits of a dedicated, culturally-sensitive training course that taps into the potential of young people in Myanmar who would otherwise have limited options to pursue their dreams, or simply secure meaningful employment. We are proud of our GWM Ambassadors as they forge independent lives.

We envisage the pilot program will not simply be a legacy, but rather an instructive experience for vocational training projects in Myanmar in future, where resources are shared and the benefits multiplied. For now, however, we are closing the centre so that we can plan the best way forward. 

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