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Nov 7, 2019

Better and sustainable future for Youth in Atauro

Agriculture Trainings for SOLS students
Agriculture Trainings for SOLS students

Empreza Diak continued the work with the youth from Ataúro so that they can develop new skills and have a better living in the future and always in perfect harmony with Mother Nature.

In the past months we did capacity trainings for SOLS students about the Do´s and Don’t`s of Agriculture, and showing the right practices when planting. In this regular trainings, students learn the importance of contributing to a greener and eco-friendly world since one of the benefits of growing your own vegetables is to contribute to the reduction of the carbon footprint and plastic usage.

Atauro's team is preparing the Creative Workshops and School Training on Entrepreneurship, so they outlined the plan and meet with the School Director of the Vocational School and the Director of the Secondary School, the purpose of this project is too encourage them to revitalize and rethink creatively in the objects we already have around us and what we can do to give them new use, so students are challenged to create new products through recycled materials with as few resources as possible and open their minds about setting up small business.

Until the end of this year Empreza Diak is launching a campaign to strengthen the work in 2020 to exceed and overcome our objectives with this talented and capable youth of Ataúro.

You can follow the project on Facebook and Instagram 

If you are in Timor-Leste, visit our local products’ shops in Dili and Atauro (links for map and details), buy unique handicrafts and learn more about our beautiful country and these amazing artisans! If you are visiting Atauro, talk to us to know more about the handicraft workshops.

Making bags from old journals in Creative Workshop
Making bags from old journals in Creative Workshop
Vegetable garden for the SOLS students to practice
Vegetable garden for the SOLS students to practice
Screening examples of Creative reusable products
Screening examples of Creative reusable products
Sep 9, 2019

Improving traditions to improve lives

Woman producing the traditional pots
Woman producing the traditional pots

These past months we have been dedicated to the work of the wonderful pottery makers of the Arlo Village in Atauro.

This pottery is still made using the memories of how the process was done more than 50 years ago. Not long ago, the art of producing sanan rai (clay pot) was nearly lost as locals began to prefer to purchase cheaper metal imports rather than the clay cooking pots made in Arlo and traditionally used by villagers all over the island of Atauro. 

Through providing ongoing training, support, and access to markets, Empreza Di'ak is aiding in the cultural preservation of the community and helping villagers become economically self-sustainable through creating their local products. 

With the support of our volunteer pottery expert we have been designing new processes that follow the tradition to improve the quality of the final product so that it can be again used for it’s main purpose – to cook. Our volunteer has been testing some different combinations of the raw material and improving the tools to work together with the women of the community and train them on how to produce better pots.

 

Together with the effort to keep the traditions alive we are also aware of the importance of diversifying products to improve income therefore, together with the training on traditional techniques we are developing resources for a more ‘’modern’’ approach with a different group of women. We are working on developing new pottery products and design with more modern production techniques. 

 

The women are very enthusiastic with this new opportunity and are already thinking of the new designs they aspire to make!

 

You can follow the project on Facebook and Instagram

 

If you are in Timor-Leste, visit our local products’ shops in Díli and Atauro(links for map and details), buy unique handicrafts and learn more about our beautiful country and these amazing artisans! If you are visiting Atauro, talk to us to know more about the handicraft workshops.

Sorting the tools for production
Sorting the tools for production
Two generations working together
Two generations working together
Aug 12, 2019

Empowering youth through computer training

One of the goals of Empreza Di’Ak is to provide courses for the local youth so that they can develop new skills and have a better living in the future. Last months, our staff provided a computer course for the youth in Ataúro.

It was a challenge for the youth, because they had to learn new tools and skills in a short period of time. With dedication, effort and commitment, the group of 60 young man and woman was able to conclude the course and to learn new computer techniques that they will use in the future, on their academic and professional life.

After 3 months of course, it was time to reward them for all their hard work, so we had a little ceremony where we gave them the diplomas. Empreza Di’Ak staff is proud of what they were able to achieve during this training program. We believe this training is really important to empowering youth as basic computer skills are fundamental in the modern world.

We will continue focusing on this type of programs in other to develop the communities in the rural areas.

You can follow the project on Facebook and Instagram 

If you are in Timor-Leste, visit our local products’ shops in Dili and Atauro (links for map and details), buy unique handicrafts and learn more about our beautiful country and these amazing artisans! If you are visiting Atauro, talk to us to know more about the handicraft workshops.

 
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