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Madam Lau wants to create customized sustainable livelihood opportunities for poor and disempowered community members by providing a safe personal and professional development environment in running a cookie baking business, related capacity building and cottage industry, and counselling services. Our mission is to provide these ladies from the B40 group with training and equipment and help them to scale the business till their ready on their own. People who benefit from this community project are single mum and ladies with low income and also OKU ladies.
SUNRISE CB ENTERPRISE: WHY CREATE A WEBSITE FOR THIS BUSINESS?
Because of the rate that everyone from young to old is using the internet, companies have to move online or lose valuable business. Having a company website allows local companies to take their business to the global space.
E-commerce has also seen a rise with everyone using it from young children to even old adults. As an organisation helping single mothers and mothers of OKU children market and sell cookies, we couldn’t lose this opportunity to market our services online.
Through this website portal, anyone can see our large selection of cookies from our dedicated team of single mothers and mothers of OKU children. The photos and write-ups of the cookies are also eye-catching and mouth-watering.
A website makes things more convenient for both the buyer and the seller.
SUNRISE CB ENTERPRISE TEAM
So what is SUNRISE CB ENTERPRISE? Our team is made up of 15 beneficiaries comprising both single mothers and mothers of OKU children. While some mothers are still a little slow in adopting technology, once they get the hang of it, they are able to take their business online effectively. The website allows these mothers to worry less about marketing their products, so that they may focus on raising their children. The added benefit to consumers is that orders are always ‘fresh from the oven’ as mothers only prepare the cookies when the order is received.
LIFE WITHOUT THE WEBSITE
Without the website, the business is stifled. Mothers would have to invest precious time and money to figure out ways to market their product. Imagine the chore of doing door-to-door sales, printing costly flyers, waking up early to bring the products to a morning market, or staying up late to sell at a Pasar Malam while having to care for a child?
While a website’s development and maintenance also creates cost, it is nowhere as high as the cost to mothers without the website. Best of all, mothers are given time to be mothers to their children.
The interface of the website allows visitors to browse through cookie options and order the ones they want through a simple process. Mothers will also be able to create an ad on Mudah.my to make their product available to a wider market.
An E-Commerce Training Session sponsored by webe Community
Through the investment of webe Community, Sunrise CB Enterprise has created a website, which has been beneficial to both the mothers and Sunrise CB Enterprise. Mothers have also been able to market their products in Mudah.my as well.
A RECAP ON HAVING A WEBSITE
The website has improved the way we sell and advertise.
Cost Effective: We save on printing and distribution costs because the website acts as a brochure/catalogue that can be updated anytime. We also have easy access to new customers because all this information is available 24 hours a day on our website. The existing customers can refer us to their friends and relatives using our website.
Market Expansion: As the website is available throughout the year, we are able to cater to a worldwide audience.
Convenient: Selling products online is cheaper and easier for sellers as well as customers. If there’s an update to the pick-up location, customers can still contact the company via the website.
Feedback: Customers can quickly and easily contact us with their feedback on our products or ask about our products’ availability.
Legitimacy: Having this website has helped to build our reputation as a business. Now, consumers know that we mean business.
Sunrise CB Enterprise
PACKAGING & LABELLING
Through WEBE funding, Sunrise CB Enterprise has made progress by upgrading the LABELS on bottles, thus, giving a brand new look to the merchandise. The tags come in a variety of colours and creativity, giving it a delectable pull to the goods.
LABELS AS SEEN IN ITS ORIGINAL FORM
BEHOLD! THIS IS THE BRAND NEW LOOK
On a close scrutiny, one would notice that there is just a single logo on the label which is of a ‘soaring eagle’. Even the shape of the label is that of a bird, coming in varied colours. This was the original label of SUNRISE CB ENTERPRISE.
THE TRANSFORMATION AFTER THE FUNDING
Sunrise CB Enterprise has created a new design for the labels. It is circular in shape and it comes with a double logo. The second logo was incorporated because of the collaboration between SUNRISE CB Enterprise & PEKTAS whose endeavour is to create job opportunities for the PEKTAS OKU school leavers, through the bakery training programme provided by SUNRISE.
THE MOST NOTABLE CHANGE IS THE COMPANY LOGO
[Found at the bottom right corner of the picture]
Where it was a soaring eagle before, is now replaced with another bird. SEAGULL! The seagull was chosen for a good reason of which the main reason is the versatility of this bird – intelligent, attentive and caring as parents.
THE ORIGINAL LOGO OF SUNRISECB ENTERPRISE
THE ADDITIONAL LOGO
Why the additional logo?
Previously Sunrise CB Enterprise was a sole proprietor. Upon collaboration with PEKTAS for a good cause the additional logo has come about now.
The labels come in unique colours for each type of cookies.
These are the rainbow colours for 7 types of cookies.
Types of Cookies Colour
Dark Chocolate Almond Red
Rainbow Cookies Orange
Durian Cookies Yellow
Peanut Cookies Green
Stevia Raisin Oatmeal Cookies Blue
Aroma Coffee Cookies Indigo
Stevia Butter Cookies Purple
OLD LABELS NEW LABELS
There was a turn of events in this season for the betterment of our product marketing & sales. Our Website has been further enhanced under highlights such as:-
HOME / ABOUT US/ SHOP BY PRODUCTS/ NEWS / ACTIVITIES /CONTACT US appended below.
To further endorse the products SUNRISE has come up with a maxim (Motto). “Shining Bright Light Of Hope”
In a way this aligns with the very intention for the setup up of the company.
We, ventured into this business with the sole notion of “whatever, we do, we do it to the best of our ability and from the very depth of our heart……i.e. “BAKING FROM THE HEART”
Like every other business, this business is a rat race (fiercely competitive). Hence, we give our utmost best to be in the flow, fulfilling what we have set out to do.
With a good many health conscious consumers today, as well as those to whom sugar is taboo and yet crave to eat cookies, we took into consideration the appended as an important element in marketing our unique baked goods.
Firstly it is akin to hand produced goods -Handmade Cookies
Secondly we avoid additives -No Preservatives
Thirdly we cater for the diet conscious -Low Sugar
And the sugar (taboo) cravers -Sugar Free
Fourthly, we avoid substitutes -Pure Original Puree
Get to know us through our website.
Who are we?
What is our History?
What is our Vision and Mission?
Who are our Team?
What is our Involvement?
SHOP BY PRODUCTS
With a lot of hype about ‘gluten free’ food, it can be found on our shelf. Pick your choice, eat and stay healthy.
General : Dark Chocolate Almond Cookies; Durian Cookies
Gluten Free : Aroma Coffee Cookies; Rainbow Cookies
Vegetarian : Peanut Cookies; Aroma Coffee Cookies; Rainbow Cookies
Diabetic : Stevia Raisin Oatmeal Cookies; Stevia Butter Cookies
NEWS Below is a recap.
Sunrise CB enterprise never fails to identify with the hard work of the ‘MOTHERS’ of each beneficiary. We identify with their emotional struggles, anxieties, worries, the ups and downs in raising their handicapped (OKU) children. Despite all these, they unceasingly press on with their ‘special babies’ overcoming the shortcomings that stands in the way. That is what is called a mother’s unfailing love. O! Our salute to these mothers. To commemorate them, we celebrated MOTHER’S DAY ON 12TH MAY 2017, just to appreciate their effort and cooperation and their willingness to accompany their children to the baking training sessions with us. Yes, the art of MOTHERING is to teach the art of LIVING to children.
On 19th May, 2017 we celebrated “Teacher’s Day.” This, was in appreciation of the time and effort and the sacrifice made by the teachers from PEKTAS, as well as teachers from our OWN team: ~ANB AGROTRAINERS~ ~SUNRISE CB ENTERPRISE~ ~EAGLE’S EYES~ & ~ THE TWO TRAINED OKU LADIES~ from Sunrise CB Enterprise.
ACTIVITIES Training & Sponsorship. Details can be found in our website.
CONTACT US We’d be pleased to entertain you in every way.
The website is also linked to Facebook and Instagram of Sunrise CB Enterprise.
SUBJECT : e-Commerce Training
DURATION : 5 Days
ORGANIZER : SUNRISE CB ENTERPRISE
VENUE : COLLEGE COMMUNITY SEBERANG JAYA
The very main purpose of this course is to strategize, educate, equip and open the mind of the (OKU) beneficiaries together with their individual mothers on the modern day `know how’ of buying and selling of a variety of merchandise right from their home. None should be left behind in a ‘rat race’ world such as now.
Although, the attendees may have some hearsay knowledge on the subject, SUNRISE ensured that they get hands on training (real world training) to move on…… “Have a computer with internet connection– you will travel online” Ha! Ha!
This programme being coordinated by Sunrise CB Enterprise, found it necessary to include single mothers, as well as the teachers from PEKTAS and the Document Administrators. As amongst them were also senior citizens who had not enjoyed the privilege of using computers before, so this was quite an experience for them.
The venue chosen for the course was College Community Seberang Jaya (Kolej Komuniti Seberang Jaya). It is a very strategic place, whereby, it was easily accessible to every attendee. Moreover, the place holds a large parking area.
What more, parking is FREE!
COLLEGE COMMUNITY SEBERANG JAYA
Just to recap, the focus of this e-commerce training was to bring about awareness that there are other ways and means of doing business, tapping useful information, displaying
advertisements, instant communication etc.etc. By way of this, we wanted them (the attendees) to know the kind of sophisticated world we are currently living in and that we should blend to make progress.
The following are Applications that we were coached on:
- Microsoft - Word
- Microsoft - Power Point
- Microsoft - Excel
- Basic Internet Explorer
- Selling through Facebook/Instagram/Mudah/Lelong
- Buying via Lazada/Mudah
DAY 1: Application of MS Word
Microsoft Word helps to manage one’s daily life official work. It is the most user friendly of applications. It allows users to type and save documents. Similar to other word processors, it has helpful tools to make documents. This day, we learnt to create a WORD document.
In the above pic the trainer has the FULL attention of the class.
Since, almost all were novices to the subject matter, they are all ‘ears’.
The trainer giving a detailed explanation to a particular keen student upon request.
DAY 2: Application of MS Power Point
PowerPoint is commonly used in a variety of ways such as businesses, education, government & non-government employees and many others as well. This computerized slide-shows enhance the presentation. It allows the presenter to present their subject smoothly and in sequence. While the audience hear the presenter speak (oral delivery of the topic) they are also able to see the visuals or illustrations. The idea is to impact and convince the viewers.
As a presentation tool PowerPoint can be used to:
- -organise and structure your presentation.
- -create a professional and consistent format.
- -provide an illustrative backdrop for the content of your presentation;
- -animate your slides to give them greater visual impact.
It is a very interesting application software, where, we can present our projects to the audience and attract their focus of attention to what we would like to convey to them.
The above picture is an encourager.
Seen here is one of the OKU youths (centre) teaching her mother. Though both are new to the subject, she managed to grasp and impart to her mother the little she had learnt.
Could this be a hidden talent that has been stimulated at this
training? It sure is and this is INDEED wonderful! There is no stopping her now!
DAY 3: Basic Internet Explorer
- What is internet?
- What is E-Commerce?
- What is Non E-Commerce ?
- Pros and Cons in E-Commerce Website.
In this session we learnt `How to Create Yahoo Account Online’ which can now enable the user to have access to do online buying & selling.
Since, a majority present were first timers, the trainer exercised great patience with each individual.
DAY 4: How to sell through Facebook~Instagram ~Mudah~Lelong
How to buy from Lazada~Mudah
Madame Lau, founder and owner of SUNRISE CB ENTERPRISE is seen here in deep concentration.
Hmm! This is one useful tool to apply in our current business seems to be her thought. “ADVERTISING, PROMOTING & SELLING SUNRISE COOKIES THROUGH THE INTERNET!” Wah! Wah……..!”
It sure is an easy and effective way to reach out to buyers ALL from the comfort of your own home.
DAY 5: Application of MS Excel
Excel is an Electronic Spread Sheet Program. An electronic spread sheet is a computer software program that is used for storing, organizing and manipulating data.
A spread sheet allows us to create worksheets, charts and lists based on data entered.
We found out that it is the most difficult software to learn and the most widely used. (In the above pics) Everyone is lending their ears to the lecturer. None want to miss the teaching! Today’s lessons will come in very handy too because of its versatility.
Just as the trainees were beginning to get a feel of it – testing, trying and exploring, the 5 day session had to end. Maybe 5 days was too short a duration to get a good grip of this interesting subject.
ALL GOOD THINGS MUST END AS WELL …..it’s time to leave the party!
Group photo of the 16 E-Commerce Trainees with the Trainers.
#webehelpinghands Practical Training
It was a different kind of excitement when entering the kitchen this time. Oh, ya! The new kitchen created a whole new aura for everybody present. I must admit their (OKU Youths and mothers) joy was our joy.
Preheating the oven is an important prerequisite in baking. The temperature has to be absolutely correct for a perfect outcome. The reason being, different cookies require different temperature specifications or settings.
Cleanliness and hygiene should be one of the main focus in the food industry! We ensure on this. While learning `the curves’ this point is always highlighted to the beneficiaries.
Aprons are not only to present a professional look or to keep the clothes clean but as a personal protection as well. An example would be, if some wet/liquid ingredient splashes on the body, one can just pull away the apron before the liquid seeps through to the skin. Caps are a high priority. Not only it hinders the hair from falling into cookies but it also stops stray hair from getting into the eyes.
Look at that! They are washing hands as per MeSTI requirements.
Looks as if they are having fun.
It is mandatory to wear GLOVES, a cardinal rule in fact. Why?
This rule can prevent the cookies made from contamination.
Madam Lau is seen here explaining the preliminaries for baking and also the recipes required for the day’s lesson. They were ‘all ears’. An ardent fervent listener gains much. Ha! Ha!
The three look on as one of them slowly and steadily unwraps the butter. It is always butter first into the mixing bowl.
To enable easy blending they are trained to break up the butter as small as can be. This can quickly blend in with the sugar at a quicker pace.
How long must the mixture be creamed or beaten?
Good question! Until it is light in colour and fluffy in texture. It is a skill to master. But never over cream or over beat the mixture. Why? It will loose most of the air you have worked in and the end result of the cookie may not be impressive.
The mixture is done. The texture is good. Now the mixer blade is removed from the bowl for the next addition.
The premixed flour is poured into a separate bowl.
Salt and xanthum gum (a stabilizer & thickener) is added into the flour. It is thoroughly combined.
The above flour mixture is then added to the blended butter mix.
Madam Lau is seen here observing them.
The flour mix is carefully folded into the creamed butter until the whole batch of flour is now a complete mixture or dough
Never waste anything good!
Another interesting stage is scrapping the excess dough from the paddle. They do it very meticulously not wanting to waste even a wee bit.
“Observe this”, seems to be the look in the photo!
Scoop the whole lump of dough onto the tray. The dough is now ready to be apportioned into small uniform balls or bolus.
This is teamwork and the beneficiaries display it.
They measure and shape the dough into small equal sizes as required by the recipe.
One in the team is in deep concentration shaping the dough gently.
O! it is a cute sight to see these beneficiaries bent over their work, paying attention while shaping the dough as instructed.
Here one is seen arranging the dough balls in neat rows. Another is garnishing the shaped dough with colourful lentils before the trays go into the oven.
The precooked cookies are now ready for baking.
Madam Lau is in the act of putting the first two trays of cookies into first tier of the gas oven.
…..and she presses the timer.
Setting the time required for baking is highly essential.
The 2 trays of baked cookies are transferred to the cooling rack.
The cooled cookies are ready for packing.
The beneficiaries are learning the art of handling chopsticks. As seen here they pick and pack into airtight containers.
Each and every cookie container is weighed according to the specific weight requirement.
Waah! These are the cookies produced by #webehelpinghands beneficiaries.
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Gas Oven Calibration
The Calibration of an oven is highly important. If it is out of calibration, the baked item becomes burnt or undercooked. The purpose of oven calibration:
A) To understand the operation of the oven. B) To ensure the temperature is spread out evenly.
C) To know the temperature set and time required to bake specific cookies e.g. Butter cookies to be baked at 170˚C (upper heat) and 130˚C (lower Heat) for 23-25 minutes.
The founder of #webehelpinghands Madam Lau did a test run of the calibration by baking butter cookies with a helper from PEKTAS.
“I am putting in two 60 x 40cm trays in the first tier” says Madam Lau.
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Purchase of Equipment
In the 2nd Week was the delight in the hustle and bustle of the Purchase Kitchen Equipment.
With the help of webe Community Funding ‘#webehelpinghands’ had yet another level of progress in their forth coming project. A New Kitchen was setup before work begins.
WHAT IS ‘webe’?
It is an off shoot of Telekom Malaysia originally called Packet One Networks (M) Sdn Bhd (P1). ‘webe’ is a new digital mobility services provider. Within ‘webe’ is a community of people who run the show. Their core call is to upgrade the living standard of the impoverished people within Malaysia. This ‘webe community’ sets out to select and empower deserving candidates within the local community who come and band together to make things become a reality for the deserving ones. Upon being selected as so called champions ‘webe’ gives out funds to these selected champions and ‘Sunrisecbenterprise (established June 2016) is one such champion.
WHAT IS THEIR AIM & EXPECTATION?
As a social enterprise they help the Malaysian Community mainly the poor and the underprivileged. Thus, ‘webe’ engages such project champions and back them with funding, who in turn by use of their skills give a ‘Free Of Charge’ (FOC) training to the society. Upon completion of this training stint, these trainees are absorbed as employees by the trainer. Thus, jobs are created and needs are met!
WHO GETS TO BE TRAINED?
Priority goes mainly to Persatuan Untuk Kanak Kanak Terencat Akal students first, (acronymed PEKTAS)
Why? The kitchen is located at PEKTAS.
In collaboration of PEKTAS and SUNRISE CB ENTERPRISE, invite intake of age eighteen and above. They are comprised of every race both male & female without any discrimination.
KITCHEN SET UP
The much needed, much awaited various kitchen gadgets arrived at PEKTAS. This arrival was a much awaited moment. With the fund accorded ‘webehelpinghands’ was able to procure need based items such as:
- Commercial Oven [ THE BAKER ] • Chiller [ Snow –i-max ]
- Cooling Rack [ THE BAKER ]
- Tables [ THE BAKER ]
- Tiered Racks [ PEARL MILE ]
- Mixer [ IMBACO ]
THE THREE TIERED GAS OVEN. TWO TRAYS AT A TIME x THREE
It consumes very minimum energy and in the long run is very economical compared to electric ovens. The advantage of this gas oven is, it allows two baking trays with a size of 60cm x 40cm in each tier. With 6 large trays going in the production is increased.
The supplier giving a demonstration. Looking on is the Owner of Sunrise Madam Lau.
THE MIXER WITH TWO 10 LITRE BOWLS– Mainly for commercial use.
Madam Lau did a test run and baked her first butter cookies very successfully.
CHILLER – The purpose of this chiller is to store the bulk purchase of raw ingredients or component parts.
15 LAYERED COOLING RACK
This unit is space conserving and hygienic too, especially when mass baking is involved. The cooling is a very important stage before the final stage (packing). This cooling rack enables you to see and sort the good pieces and makes packing easy. Moreover, with the fitted rollers there is mobility and it allows the baker to move at convenience.
TWO TABLES : 6FT & 5 FT STAINLESS STEEL TABLES.
These tables allow enough space at preparation. 6 people can easily work around each of the 2 tables. The stainless steel top allows easy cleaning and is more durable and rust free. The bottom deck is used to store the trays and other utensils, required in the on-going process while working, and it is all within easy reach for the beneficiaries.
4 TIERED STAINLESS STEEL RACKS (2 UNITS)
This, is another highly essential item. These OKU (+moms) students are trained to keep the working area clean and organized. Racks are used for storing all baking utensils as well as for storing the raw materials used in the packaging of cookies. Training them to be organized can improve their work performance and be in better control and be efficient in what they do. This may eventually bring about a `can do’ attitude.
WOW! WE ARE LOOKING AT THE NEW KITCHEN.
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Motivational Self Leadership
On 2 June,2017, the OKU youths’ mothers and members of community who are interested in Sunrise CB Enterprise baking training were invited to attend the program on “Motivational Self Leadership” which organized by AnB Agro Trainers in association with Macromways Sdn Bhd (Datin Sharifah Norazah Al Yahya,Executive Director).
The program provides knowledge of personal and social awareness, how to be an effective and efficient leaders.
The training conducted received good response and the beneficiaries gave tremendous feedback. Generally, the beneficiary who were fully trained remarked they feel better, no fear and more confident now to make income for their families. 15 out of 26 trainees mentioned that they see increase in income.
Celebrating Mother's Day
Before, we concluded the day’s session, we remembered the hard work of the ‘MOTHERS’ of each beneficiary. We could identify with their emotional struggles, anxieties, worries, the ups and downs in raising their handicapped (OKU) children. Yet, in all these they unceasingly press on with their ‘special babies’ despite all the shortcomings. That is what is called mother’s unfailing love. O! Our salute to these mothers.
To commemorate them, we celebrated MOTHER’S DAY ON 12TH MAY 2017 during the training session, just to appreciate their effort and cooperation and their willingness to accompany their children to this baking sessions with us. Yes, the art of MOTHERING is to teach the art of LIVING to children.
And by way of this celebration, the idea was to create ‘a sense of belonging’ and at the same time build up relationship between the teachers, mothers and beneficiaries.
Looking forward to find out more from Facebook #webehelpinghands
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Exercising The Numbers
A Pinch Of Patience A Dash Of Kindness A Spoonful Of Laughter And A Heap Of Love …….’Unquote’
………….. seems to be the order of the day
O! It is accuracy and accuracy alone which is particularly important to produce irresistible and tasty cookies.
A baker must be expert in “Measuring Ingredients”. The founder of Sunrise CB Enterprise #webehelpinghands taught our beneficiaries on the operating of weighing scale. It is highly essential for them to know how to measure and weigh ingredients such as plain flour, sugar and other dry ingredients to ensure right proportions according to recipes.
First and foremost, one skill every learner should be precise with is the measurement of ingredients. I mean all measurement of ingredients required in the recipe. It is not an option but essential/necessary when one is learning to cook. The correct balance of ingredients makes food taste good. It is also ‘THE’ way to maintain the taste of the food consistently.
We taught our beneficiaries on how to operate the weighing scale, such as:
- How to “ON/OFF” the scale.
- How to use the “TARE” button (To weight different ingredients in the same container)
- How to use “MODE” button (To choose the unit of “gm” or “oz”)
Secondly, our beneficiaries also learnt how to measure liquids such as vegetable oil, peanut oil, water and other liquids by using measuring cups as shown in the picture.
Besides, equipping the beneficiaries on their measuring skills, we imparted some general knowledge too. An experiment was carried out to determine the freshness of eggs.
TEST 1: If an egg is immersed in a glass of water and if the egg sinks to the bottom of the glass, and lies horizontal at the bottom, then, that egg is classified as FRESH for use.
TEST 2: If that very egg begins to tilt (it is still okay- can still use) but if it floats or rises to the top of the glass that means, it has lost its FRESHNESS and has gone stale.
NOTE: This experiment will not be carried out all the time.
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A Recipe Has No Soul.
As The Cook
To The Recipe ………… (by Thomas Keller)
GROOMING THE *D.A.Y
Our second class was getting ‘hands on hands’. Good hygiene practices require the highest level of cleanliness. #webehelpinghands want our beneficiaries in kitchen to comply with MESTI standards, as required by Ministry of Health.
Our *D.A.Y beneficiaries showed much interest in the activity. Madam Lau showed them the 7 steps to wash hand and the class was engaging. The beneficiaries were attentive to listen and follow through the instructions. So much of hand washing till the sanitizer run out and the entire kitchen smelled so fragrant!
We believe that although our *D.A.Y beneficiaries might be slow to understand, but if they were willing to learn, we believe they can manage to conquer their anxiety eventually and participate better in the activities and bakery work later.
We had our Business English class taught by tutor Madam Thilakavathy , founder of social enterprise called Eagle Eye. That was a fun filled class with intervals of games. The beneficiaries now will move on to the 3rd classes to learn baking essentials.
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*D.A.Y Different Abled Youth
On 21st of April ,me and my team consisting of Madam Thilakavathy, and 2 different abled person Shamila and Sharon had the opportunity to start our 6 weeks of baking workshop at PEKTAS (Persatuan Untuk Kanak Kanak Terencat Akal) located in Butterworth,Penang.
We were fascinated about the school ever since we heard about it early this year. Currently there are over 46 beneficiaries in the school consisting of Malay, Chinese and Indian. Most of them can’t be classified as ‘kanak kanak’ or children anymore as they are now in their early 20s. Most of them find work in nearby medium scale enterprises producing processed food items and stationeries. A mother of the different abled youth told us “ dia kerja pun pekerja lain ejek dia cacat, so dia malu,marah …. tak mau pergi kerja”. ..which means the *OKU person been treated as laughing stock and the OKU person feel embarrassed and retaliate angrily by not going to work.
#webehelpinghands desired to change this scenario. Our motto is to beam BRIGHT LIGHT OF HOPE. We want to be the catalyst to transform the livelihood of this youth OKU youths and even their mothers. A great work has begun. The journey started gloriously with 43 attendeees on the first day itself! We had basic business English class conducted by our English tutor Madam Thilakavathy to enable our beneficiaries to recognize the untensils and equipments in the bakery.We are looking forward to our next class. #webecommunity #confirmwebe #confirmmalaysian
*OKU = Orang Kurang Upaya / Disabled Person (we are going to empower them as different abled person who will be able to stand on their own. Powered by WEBE)
Ground Zero, 7 Commandments To Getting Start
As a seasoned cookie maker, we always train our beneficiaries to have an eye on the mis ‘en pla’ce. When it comes to hygiene practises, all we ladies ensure both our eyes and hands work in tandem. Trimming nails, removing rings on finger, wearing apron and cap…..bring along a cheerful baker’s spirit to make the cookies ‘smiling’…..we teach them all.
At, Sunrise CB social enterprise, we guide our ladies, especially our precious special need ladies from ground zero on how to wear proper baking attire such as apron, hair cap and gloves as well as the ‘7 Steps Of Hand Washing’ as per MeSTI, Food Safety Requirements..
From Left…Shamila, Chai Choo and Sharon putting on their Aprons…gently…
reaaaaaally gently without hurting the aprons
The beneficiaries are so “in to it” and paying attention to the teacher.
Although they don’t have experience at all in professional baking but they do show interest and passion to learn. And, I always believe “If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.”
Aprons on, up goes the hair cap crowning the ladies and throning them the authority to rule the kitchen. Shamila and Sharon seen in the picture above adjusting their cap. They learned that their hairs cannot be exposed but must be covered up totally to prevent hair from dropping onto the cookies during the operation of baking. “What impression will a consumer give when they find a hair in the cookies?” asked Madam Lau, the friendly lady in blue apron. “Surely Angry Teacher Chai Choo!”…said the beneficiaries in chorus.
To prevent direct contact with the dough during making cookies, the beneficiaries are required to wear gloves. This will reduce the contamination to the cookies baked. It will always avoid unnecessary heat transfer from hand to dough.(that’s a tip!)
Then we repeat the 7 commandments of the kitchen to the beneficiaries
Thou shall trim fingernails,
Thou shall not use nail polish,
Thou shall not wear ring,
Thou shall not wear ear-ring,
Thou shall not apply lotion to hand,
Thou shall not put on perfume,
Thou shall not wear make up, (really??...oh yeah it is in MeSTI regulation thou)
“Beauty is not on your face, beauty is about enhancing what you have.” I don’t know where Madam Lau gets this punch dialogues but she got dozen more coming. “We believe a good baker can be trained if the beneficiary is willing to adhere to what she learns”
“Last not the least, our beneficiaries are trained to wash their hands according to the “7 Steps Of Hand Washing” as per MeSTI Food Safety Requirements. They have to wash their hands before any baking operation starts and also after using the toilet. This is the most important hygienic practices that required for food handling”.
Madam Lau’s Sunrise CB social enterprise collaborates with another social enterprise called Eagle’s Eye, a language competency training enterprise. The founder of Eagle’s Eye is Sister Thilaka (Thilakavathy d/o Karuppiah). She does amazing work to teach BUSINESS ENGLISH for BAKING for Shamila and Sharon.
"After 18 years of being a housewife, I realised it was important to give back to society… I looked at helping other special needs women and single mums, and thought of ways to create new channels to make a decent income, help me go further; pledge today!"
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