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State of Kuwait Lady Eagles sponsors culinary scholarships

The sponsorship project offers Filipino domestic workers an opportunity to learn a new set of skills that they can use both in Kuwait and upon their return to their homelands

By Ricky Laxa
Staff Writer

The State of Kuwait Lady Eagles Society has demonstrated its generosity by sponsoring a series of baking scholarships for Filipino domestic workers in Kuwait. This initiative, in collaboration with the Migrant Workers Office and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration in Kuwait, is organized by Masterclass Lifestyles Workshops.

The sponsorship project, led by its president Annie Centeno, offers Filipino domestic workers an opportunity to learn a new set of skills that they can use both in Kuwait and upon their return to their homelands. The program includes three-hour classes that provide a unique and practical approach to baking bread, a skill popular among local bakeries.

“I have never tried baking, and this experience somehow allowed me to discover that I am capable of creating these amazing products, which I have been purchasing since I was a kid. I also found out that I can create new products from basic ingredients,” commented Gina, a household helper for 15 years with the same employer.

The three-hour session offers participants access to premium ingredients, a state-of-the-art baking workshop equipped with all necessary tools, and expert guidance from a master chef leading the class. “The class offers an actual and practical approach without the use of any machines such as a mixer, emphasizing manual techniques. This approach gives participants the opportunity to learn the proper methods even in the absence of equipment,” added Mariefe Torio, Masterchef and Trainer.

Popular breads such as Pan de Sal, Spanish Bread, Cinnamon Bread, hotdog and cheese breads, dinner rolls, pizza crust, and more are among the 40 varieties of bread that can possibly be made with the products.

The scholarship program has benefitted 350 domestic workers who attended the classes, and many have chosen to complete the course due to their interest, passion, and encouragement from their employers.

“I thank Masterclass Lifestyles Workshops for creating this program. It allowed me to showcase my capabilities to my employer, impress her with my products, and gave me the opportunity to start my own food truck and online orders. My employer also volunteered to pay for my regular classes, and now, being one of the trainers at Masterclass, I can share my own success story,” stated Sally Oro, a Chef Trainer at Masterclass Lifestyles Workshops.

“I express my gratitude to the members of the State of Kuwait Lady Eagles Club for coming together and volunteering to sponsor this program, providing a rare opportunity for our domestic workers to learn valuable skills. These skills will not only benefit them during their stay in Kuwait but also when they return home for good,” commented SOKLEC President Annie Centeno.

Masterclass Lifestyles Workshops is conveniently situated in the basement of The Walk Mall, on Salem Mubarak Street in Salmiya. For further information about the classes and programs offered, people can contact at 55650296.

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