Ruth’s House (our aftercare center in Indonesia) is not simply a place for our clients to stay and recover from their trauma; it’s also an opportunity to prepare our clients for life outside of Ruth’s House, where they have to find a job, housing, and survive on their own–sometimes without their family around. This is why we provide education and opportunities to pursue vocational schools of their choosing. The focus of this post, however, is highlighting a program we provide that emphasizes valuable, practical life skills that our clients need when they exit. Over the next few months, we’re getting busy in the kitchen!
The cooking program is fairly straightforward, but something we consider immensely valuable to our client’s progress toward’s exit. Once a week, our clients participate in preparing lunch for the day with help and instruction from the housemothers, and record the ingredients and cooking directions in their own recipe books that they can take with them upon exiting Ruth’s House. The goal is correctly training them in a skill that is a much cheaper (and healthier) alternative to eating out.
For our most recent class, they cooked a fairly standard Indonesian meal of rice, a vegetable dish, fried fish, and a fried corn and vegetable item that was particularly delicious (if that past sentence was any indication, Indonesians like their food fried!). Under the watchful eye of the housemother, they washed, chopped, peeled, and ground all the necessary ingredients for the sauces and dishes. The end result? A tasty and filling lunch for the entire house! It’s safe to say that our clients are well on their way to being self-sustaining chefs once they leave!
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