Education results in vital baking skills

Irene Kapaun with learners as the “Bread and Education for a Better Future” initiativeAustrian bakery specialist, Haas is engaged in supporting a bakery apprentice workshop and helping needy children in Korogocho, a slum on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya. Irene Kapaun, Haas marketing communications and public relations manager, visited Nairobi to report on the project’s progress.

Active measures against malnutrition amongst children include the establishment of an integrated training bakery at a local school. ‘We want to help create a future worth living for Korogocho’s children,’ Kapaun explains. Haas supports a project entitled “Bread and Education for a Better Future”. Within the project, 98 children in primary schools are cared for. In addition to one hot meal every day, children are provided with fresh fruit and basic medical care.

Schools and apprenticeships

‘The measures have changed their lives dramatically. The children have found their self-esteem; they have new hope for the future,’ said Kapaun. Once the children finish school they can enrol in apprenticeship courses to become bakers. A European master baker trains the young students in collaboration with African bakers.

‘In these two-year courses students learn the basic skills of the bakery trade. After graduation, they are well equipped to find employment or to open their own businesses. Well trained professionals are still hard to find in Nairobi,’ Kapaun points out.

‘A lack of education often results in a lack of self-confidence. Adults who are well-trained and educated will become self-sufficient and able to lead independent lives.

With the financial support of the initiative we are helping to give these children an education. It also offers an opportunity to learn a promising profession. We will continue our engagement with these projects in the future,’ Kapaun concludes.