Women's Issues In Guyana

Single-parent mothers to earn income through cake décor

Posted in Business,Culture & Society,Gender Equality by wiig on April 22, 2008
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Kaieteur News – April 22, 2008

With the aim of empowering local single-parent women to better care for themselves and their children, a cake decoration course is slated to commence this week; it will attract several of these women.

All fees for the programme will be paid for by the Benschop Foundation, which has for some time now been reaching out to a number of vulnerable persons in society to bring some level of relief through various means of assistance.

According to Public Relations Officer of the Foundation, Olive Gopaul, the programme will target ten unemployed women between Agricola, East Bank Demerara, and Georgetown.

She disclosed that the programme was conceptualized after it was observed that several single mothers are not in a position to be independent, although it is required of them.  

She noted that it was decided that the women should be given an opportunity to acquire a skill which could help them venture into an arena from which they could earn a decent living.

Gopaul pointed out that, with the skill which the women will receive through the training, they will be better positioned to live improved lives in society.

Those who have been selected for the programme were part of an orientation session last week. That session was geared at preparing them for the training course, which is slated to commence this Friday.

The programme will be facilitated by part-time Carnegie teacher Audrey Hunte, who noted that the women will be exposed to a thorough and intense 10 weeks of teaching on how to master the skill of cake decoration.

According to Ms Hunte, some people may take such a course for granted. She added that when she teaches such a class, it is nothing but serious business.

The classes, she said, will be held at her 185 Lance Gibbs Street, Queenstown home one day each week for the duration of the course.

She disclosed that the women will be exposed to a foundation course in cake decoration, noting that by the end of the sessions they should be more than proficient in icing party cakes.

As part of the programme, she said, the women will be given a series of tests and even home work, which they are expected to pass in order to receive certificates as evidence of their acquired skills.
Head of the Foundation, Mark Benschop, said that the venture comes as part of the entity’s efforts to give back to the community in some way towards its improvement.


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  1. Asheeka Lee said,

    I am a single parent and need to do something with my life

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