Cooking classes at DYWA end on a high note


The “Cooking Training for Women,” hosted by the Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs (DYWA) and held at the old Election Office in Utulei, ended with a special ceremony held at the Department of Agriculture’s Samoan Fale this past Monday.
Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga, who offered remarks during the ceremony praised the program and offered words of encouragement to the participants who successfully completed the eight-week course.
Module 1 for “The Cooking Training for Women”—which is a collaboration between DYWA, Origin Energy, the Department of Commerce, and the Agriculture Department— began on April 22. Those who completed the course will now move on to Module 2 while a new batch of students begin training in Module 1.
A total of 34 participants— 30 women and 4 men — have attended the cooking training sessions since the program’s inception.
Ms. Maria Lemalu, a graduate of the American Samoa Culinary Academy, oversaw the training program with the assistance of Mrs. Maria Fonoti-Peretiso of DYWA.
Origin Energy provided free gas for the ovens, as well as aprons, and other necessary items, while DOA supplied fresh local produce. DOC was in full support of the project, as it is geared towards economic development and involves women and/or young entrepreneurs.
 DYWA Acting Director Pa’u Roy Taito Ausage said in a previous interview that he believes “empowering local women with the skills of cooking is perceived as a contribution to economic development, and there is a huge opportunity for our women to enhance such skills and proceed to the next level by opening a small business that specializes in such areas.”


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