Dear Friends and Family
We hope you all had a happy holiday season and a happy transition into the new year.
Things here at Sprouting Seeds Café, Bakery and Eco Shop are really moving along. Unfortunately, due to the press Myanmar is receiving about the conflicts in Rakhaine State, there are many less people coming to Myanmar. It is extremely noticeable here in Kalaw.
However, we are very excited to share that we received an award here at the café for our work with the local community. We are now starting to focus on small trainings to expand our natural products through the Eco Shop part of the project. Trainings in sewing, knitting, crochet, lip balm and hard soaps is now expanding to reach more people.
We are also so happy to welcome 3 new staff to the project, Thandar Myo, Shwe Yi and Chaw Kalyar. There are an amazing addition to the family here at Sprouting Seeds. We have had a few chances to take our days off to travel around Kalaw to have fun together after working hard all week together!
We also had the chance to share about all our work here at Sprouting Seeds at a Regional Sustainable Tourism Conference here in Kalaw. Aye Aung had another chance to practice her public speaking.
We launched a new menu at the first of the year and have had a wonderful response to all the new items. After a week or two of the new menu we have moved from are regular place at number 2 on trip advisor to now be several weeks at #1! We are so proud of the girls and all their hard work…its paying off!!!
We are also excited to share that we have the space above the café ready to begin teaching yoga! We are waiting to find the right teacher to help us who will be able to work with the girls in the centre, local community members as well as some of the tourists passing through town.
And we have been offering cooking classes now for over a month and also have received a huge response from the groups that have attended.
With the end of the cold season approaching we are also starting to plant more vegetables around the café and grow more fruits including several passion fruit vines.
We are excited to share more with you as we grow over the next few months!!
The Sprouting Seeds Family
We are happy to share that we were able to offer a teacher training at a Buddhist monastic school in Shan State working closely with the Socially Engaged Monastic Schools (SEMS) teacher training program. I am also very excited to share that now my eldest daughter, Aye Aung who is the manager of Sprouting Seeds Café, Bakery and Eco Shop was the trainer! We now have a new generation doing the trainings!!
Aye Aung worked with a group of teachers from all over the Southern Shan State to train in cooking, baking and ice cream making. The monastery is now offering delicious baked goods and lovely ice cream to their students and teachers will be able to go back to their home monasteries and share their new skills.
We are in the process of planning more trainings for the next few months!
We thank you for all of your support!!
Dear Friends and Family,
It has been a long rainy season here in Myanmar over the last few months. This also means low season here in the Café. We have been using this time to slowly work on some vegetable planting around the outside of the café and planning for the upcoming year.
We are excited to share that with the beginning of the high season here in Kalaw, starting around mid to late October, we will launch a new menu at the café with many new items! We continue to work on our ice cream recipies, adding several new flavors including two new favorites, Mint Chocolate Chip and Salted Caramel with Chocolate Chunks!
We also are adding several new baked goods to the menu and we are working at the request of many guests to have more vegan items on the menu. We have several new cakes and muffins and also have include several main dishes which are all vegan!
We are also planning to open a new Yoga Studio, above the café starting around mid October or November. We are still in the process of locating a volunteer who can help in teaching the yoga classes.
We are also happy to share that we will start to offer 3 hour vegetarian cooking classes, Myanmar style!!! These classes will be a great opportunity for guest to engage in a deeper way with us here at the café and to share further about the work we are doing here in Kalaw.
We are excited to share further news with you once the new programs begin!!!
All of us here at Sprouting Seeds!!!