September 19th marked the first Saturday of training in the Talent4U Program. The RDSO Talent4U project seeks to build the capacity of RDSO’s beneficiaries to become capable and confident baristas and artisans. Hirwa Group is the first cohort in Talent4U, and they are set to be trained in making coffee and jewelry.
The first session went smoothly as the Hirwa group learned how to make bracelets using beads and took turns learning how to make coffee using a French Press. The training gave them ground-level knowledge in barista and jewelry making and will evolve as the Hirwa group goes through the next four sessions to solidify their learning and build on it to do more complex jewelry designs and tasty coffee.
Talent4U project aims to facilitate persons with Down Syndrome access either into service industry employment or to facilitate their ability to reach their full creative and market potential. This way, they can earn vital income and foster dignity and fulfillment for themselves, their families, and their communities.
Stay tuned for the RDSO Talent4U project updates!
Written by: Munezero Mugiraneza Pascaline, volunteer at RDSO