DYWA's flower arranging program a smash hit
About 120 women have signed up and registered for the first ever flower arranging program being offered through the Department of Youth and Women's Affairs. This is quadruple the number of available slots that were announced last month.
DYWA Acting Director Pa'u Roy Ausage told Samoa News yesterday that he only expected about 50 women — at the most — to sign up for the course but he is pleasantly surprised and very pleased with the unexpected turn-out.
In order to accommodate everyone, Pa'u said the group will be broken down into three separate classes, to be held three hours a day, once a week, for eight weeks.
Pa'u was excited to share that the program not only sparked interest from middle-aged women — which was what they expected — but also females as young as 19 years old and elderly women as old as 75.
He said one of the class participants is a former florist, and two women in the group are experienced in stringing ginger leis, which they make and sell on the side for additional income.
When Pa'u became aware of this, he decided to utilize their skills by adding a session whereby the two women would teach a class on how to make ginger leis, in addition to flower arranging.
The training will be held at the former Election Office in Utulei and will be conducted by Malia A. Lemalu, whom Pa'u said is very experienced in the field and will have a lot of useful techniques to teach the program participants.
Pa'u said in an initial interview that the idea for the training program came about after he realized that local women and young girls are tasked with decorating churches, family functions, and other social events almost every week during the year and therefore, flower arranging is a skill that is necessary in the territory, as it will encourage women to plant and grow their own flowers, as well as appreciate all the different flowers that are found locally.
"It is only when you know and understand how to arrange flowers, that you can truly appreciate them and have the longing to plant your own," Pa'u said.
The DYWA Acting Director said the successful completion of the program will help the participants save money from having to pay local floral shops or hiring other people to carry out the work. Also, he added, flower arranging skills can be used as a way to make extra money.
More information on the programs being offered by DYWA can be obtained by contacting Pa'u directly at 633-2835 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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