Our students are learning the basics of sewing. During the pandemic, they made and gave away over 2,000 masks. They are learning pattern making, the mechanics of the sewing machine, and eventually will be making school uniforms.
All students in Haiti wear uniforms to school. There aren’t traditional stores to purchase uniforms; all are sewn by artisans. Not only will this provide our students with more affordable uniforms, students will have marketable skills. Some will hopefully go on to more advances seamstress training.
The sun is free. Briquettes and wood burning hurts the environment. Propane is expensive. Learning and using solar cooking is a WIN-WIN. Students learn to protect the environment in one small way. They learn how to save money. They learn how to provide for themselves in these chaotic times.
We have just finished our third class of students. Our teacher is a former solar cooking teacher. Upon completion of the solar cooking classes, students receive pots and solar cookers with a commitment to use and report on their use each quarter.
Most women in Haiti cook over open flame, so learning to bake is a special skill. Knowing how to bake helps our students become more employable in food establishments.