Dear Friends and Family,
We are excited to share our latest news with you from the last few months. The café has been fully open for several months and we are excited to share that we are getting very good feedback from both locals and foreigners about our products and service.
We now have two new young girls working with us from the local Kalaw area, one is from the Pa-O community and the other from the Nepalese community. They are already managing parts of the café and able to cook and bake almost all of the items in the café.
French Pastry TrainingIn March we were very excited to have a dear friend from Israel, Ariel, work with us for 6 days. During this time we re-worked the menu, re-designed the inside and outside spaces and learned many new items. He trained all of the girls in French pastry baking and over the five days we learned 25 new dishes!
Some of these wonderful new treats you can now find on the Sprouting Seeds menu include: strawberry pie, lemon pie, tiramisu, quiche, vegan cashew cheese, shakshuka, tziki, hoummus and so much more!!!
Training 40 youth from Yangon Green SchoolIn March we also had a visit from our friends from the Green School in Yangon. They came with over 40 students and 30 adults. We worked with them over several days teaching them a variety of new skills, including: ice cream, pizza, cakes, muffins! it was a treat to work with all the kids!
New PlansWe are planning to open a yoga studio in the upstairs of the café and we have started several small sewing projects. We are in touch with several yoga instructors and hope to open the yoga classes within the next few months.
We also are in the planning stages of starting cooking classes. Aye Aung will take the lead and offer basic Myanmar cooking classes and we plan to create the long awaited Sprouting Seeds Cookbook!
We thank you all for your support and look forward to share more updates over the next few months!
All of us at Sprouting Seeds
Dear Friends and Family….
We are delighted to share our latest news with you. Things have really picked up over the last few months. We have been fully functioning during the highest tourist season here in Kalaw. For the last three months that café has been bustling with people and lots of energy in the kitchen and the bakery!
We finished the inside seating area, designed in a comfortable U shape for lounge sitting and several new tables were finished. As it is still the cool season in Kalaw, people are enjoying the outside seating in the garden area and we have planted a variety of vegetables, herbs and flowers around the yard.
We also have been very busy with several new products, including the very popular Passion Fruit Ice Cream and new Salted Caramel Chocolate Chunk ice cream. Our whole grain breads are a huge treat for everyone, locals and foreigners.
Char Tate and Hanni who were living with us as interns for the last 7 months have now decided that they are ready to open their own shop. They started with a small shop selling recycled products here in Kalaw and now they are planning to open a small café and ice cream shop in Meiktila, the small town down the mountain in the dry zone. They feel they have learned all they need and are now ready to venture out on their own.
This opens more space for a few more young girls to come in and get training in the café and bakery. We are excited to share more news about their progress in the next report!!!
All of us at Sprouting Seeds
Dear friends and supporters of our Teacher Training Programs here in Myanmar,
We are happy to share some further images of the bamboo roof structure from the Shwenadi Monastic School building project. We are now in the process of designing the walls of the training hall and hope to start soon!!
In January, we had the privilege to travel far into the Eastern part of Shan State. We met a monk who has been part of our trainings and he has requested us to do some work with him on a new land that he recently received. He runs a small monastic school and hopes to open a larger school for children living in the rural area of that part of Shan State who have no access to schools.
We traveled over 12 hours in a caravan with four vehicles and over 30 Buddhist monks to see the new land and site for the new school and training centre. On our way, we were able to visit many small, very rural Shan schools. We worked with the young monks who then were able to lead the Play for Peace sessions with the children out in the forest. It was an amazing time!!
The land for the school and training centre is in the middle of a pristine river and the land is a 65 acre island with over 20 waterfalls dotted throughout the island in the river. We spent several days assessing the land and discussing possibilities for the protection of the land and the development of the school and training centre. We are looking forward to starting working with the local teams over the next few months. We will work with teacher training, and design for the land and other projects.
We are looking forward to sharing more updates on the trainings we will be providing for the groups in Eastern Shan State over the next few months. In the meantime, we continue our work in Northern Myanmar, Kachin State and will be traveling there this coming week to continue work on the development of the community school which will now also act as a children’s orphanage to house many of the children currently caught in the conflict in Kachin State. We are also working with our Kachin partners planning a trip to the International Democratic Education Conference, which will happen in Israel at the end of the month. Keep posted for more details!!