I have learned in my time working in Plastic City, to stop looking for the big
numbers as a means to measure success because the elation of the big
“Wow!” is very short-lived. In order to stay with this work I have
turned to celebrate the “one” or in the case of the cake decoration
course, the “five.” These ladies pulled together in class and
encouraged one another outside of class. Every Friday my feet hastened
to get there just to be around them to hear them laugh with one another,
give advice to one another, and push one another to be a little
better. Friday’s were bright, bright days in the Jetty!
In six weeks ladies found a way to have an apron, a head covering, a
bowl, whisk, eggs, limes, icing sugar, cake thimbles and all they needed
to bake one cake a week to bring to class. Some of them borrowed from
the community box we established, and gave back to it when they had it
later in the course. Others borrowed from friends, but the bottom line
was all of them found a way to have their supplies for class AND
purchase their certificate from the distance education arm of the
University of Guyana.
There is much, much more to tell, but for today enjoy the gallery of pictures and a video from the first class. To see the video and more pictures, click here!