Sanya Goenka’s Visit to AIF’s ABLE Site

“One good deed goes a long way and that’s what my sister and I noticed on our recent trip to India where we visited the AIF (American Indian Foundation) ABLE site – Deeds Catering Institute in Mumbai.

Deeds Catering School is a school for deaf children around the ages 17 to 19, and the school teaches them how to cook/cater.The kids are taught 100 recipes of all different types of cuisines such as Indian, Italian, and Western food. This course lasts for one year and part of the course is to learn how to read and write English. Since most of the kids come from low income families, the school is free of cost and the kids receive an additional sum of money to help with transportation, and other fees. After this the students will have to take a final exam to pass the course. Once a student successfully passes the test they are put into hotel kitchens to be trained further and make a living. Some of these include the Taj and Marriott hotels. Since the school has started they have successfully trained 53 students.

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My experience at the school was very inspiring and interesting. Both the students and teachers were very kind. When I had arrived at the school the students were studying and I got to take a look at some of the lessons and textbooks that they were using. These books contained, all the dishes and how to make them. After this I got to look around the classroom which had lots of stoves and many cooking stations. There was also an area for the students to study. I got to look at all of the dishes the students cooked that day and even tasted some of the food. It was great! I asked the students about the dishes they had made and they answered in sign language (the teachers speak it and helped with the translation ). Overall my experience at the Deeds Catering School was incredible as AIF is providing these under privileged kids a life long living support. I can’t wait to go back next year!

 

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