The Tennyson House residential care and aftercare beneficiaries are excited over baking lessons that are aimed at developing and empowering them. The girls bake once a month during their baking lessons that see the girls sharing ideas about baking and making their favourite treats such as cupcakes, coconut muffins and scones.
According to the Tennyson House Aftercare Coordinator, Nomusa Khumalo the skills program which is called, Independent Living Skills for Girls (ILSG) is aimed at empowering and promoting independence in young girls through skills.
Khumalo said handwork, baking and crafting skills are beneficial since it enables and ignites creativity and assists in reducing stress and sharpening the mind and hands of young people. “These skills can also be helpful for generating an extra income and it’s important for young people to know at least one or two skills that can always be a contingency plan in the mist of unemployment”, explains Khumalo. She added that the girls enjoys baking and also participate in sewing lessons. “Our next baking lessons will be on Saturday, 27 April 2019, where we will be learning how to bake a birthday cake since one of the beneficiaries will be celebrating her birthday on that day”, said Khumalo.
The Tennyson House Project Director, Mpho Ngidi said the baking lessons with the 8 girls in Tennyson House kitchen also included 3 aftercare beneficiaries. “The girls learnt how to prepare the muffin mixture and baked banana muffins and scones. The girls are excited to continue with the lessons”, said Ngidi. She urged community members, local churches, business partners and stakeholders to support this program by donating baking ingredients, pans, trays and gloves. She added that they will also be glad to receive donations of fabric and cotton for the sewing lessons.