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Anthony commented on FOODIES WITHOUT BORDERS

Hi Isaac,
Thanks for the response and interest. We have connected with a group of youth who have exhibited interest in our program, together we have committed ourselves as a team and have become part of an active community that brainstorms on plans, strategies and marketing. We have achieved these forums/open discussions via social media apps like FB WhatsApp and skype. Isaac you are right sustained interest among the youth can be challenging at times, especially when participating in projects that are long term solution, however in our case our exploration or "test" to determine passion and commitment is achieved by thoroughly vetting who can join, participate and complete our "10 day pop up cooking school series" which Foodies Without Borders will be hosting in-conjunction with a local resort in terms of kitchen space. The curriculum will be taught by volunteer Kenyan and International professional chefs, cooks and foodies. We also have on board volunteer professional film makers/producers who will document the classes including students bios using very high quality footage (documentary style shoot) as we hope to spread our messages to even more potential students and volunteers across the county as well as to the international community of "food enthusiasts" including potential donors, sponsors and foundations. It is still very much a working progress but we are pleased to announce our inaugural "pop up" in April and another series slotted for September as we continue to work on securing funds for a permanent kitchen space within Kilifi County. Please feel free to reach out and chime in via email for we are constantly seeking volunteers, sponsors, donors and potential partners to join our cause as we continue to fine tune our structure and scaling prospects . We welcome constructive criticism as well. lol! Thank you.


Anthony commented on FOODIES WITHOUT BORDERS

Hi Paula,
Thank you for your feedback. I will be updating my post to clarify our current status on our project. We have already partnered with the beneficiaries who happen to be youth from Malindi a region where I spent time during my teen years and still have relatives in the area. I am from Nairobi but now live in Boston.
We have partnered with highly interested and driven youth who have signed up for the culinary training program that we plan to inaugurate this year. We have also partnered with establishements in the area who have provided kitchen space for our inaugural class and other establishments that will provide internship and additional hands on training to the youth after completion of the program requirements and eventually absorb the youth into offering them meaningful permanent employment. We are simultaneously working with another group of youth who are a bit established and running their beach side food stand businesses. We hope to get funding to assist us in acquiring permanent kitchen space, training local personnel, marketing, kitchen equipment and administrative costs. At the moment I have made due through generous international volunteers and well wishers. Next week I will be in Kenya shooting our promotional video and I hope we will be able to let more people around the world know about our project and the beneficiaries stories as well. Thank you very much for reaching out.


Anthony commented on FOODIES WITHOUT BORDERS

Hello Max,
Thank you for your feedback. We are currently working with youth in coastal Kenya, and as a Kenyan I can tell you your idea is somewhat in practice by default not too many folks can afford meat products and I get your point, which might be viable in the future as a business model to the increasingly health conscious growing Kenya middle class consumers but our organization's current goal is to extend culinary training within the local cuisine and gourmet cuisines to the youth, in hope of preparing them with usable basic culinary skills ready to start an internship with our partners who in this case are resorts and restaurants within the coastal tourist town of Malindi and eventually secure meaningful employment. Hotel jobs in Kenya are considered stable and in most cases as "prestigious real jobs" the hospitality industry in Kenya is a sector that has historically contributed to well being of many families as it tends to embrace closer international standards of meaningful employment in terms of wages and workers benefits. We will be hosting pop up crash workshops with professional chefs and support the beneficiaries with support material including stipends during their internships and work closely with our partners when potential positions are available within the establishments. We are also supporting youth who own and run small food stands with small kitchen wares, training, marketing and potential expansion of their small businesses. We travel to Kenya this April and we will keep you updated via our website thank you for reaching out and hope to hear from you.