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UNV-Kraft partnership trains young chefs in Viet Nam


Two private-sector volunteer experts have boosted learning at a hospitality trade school in Viet Nam via a joint programme supported by UNV and Kraft Foods Inc.

UNV and Kraft have collaborated since 2001, sending pairs of skilled volunteers to offer food processing advice and training in countries such as Ecuador, Jamaica, Kyrgyzstan and Madagascar. While Kraft funds the two-week assignments and selects employees to take part, UNV assists by identifying local host organisations that will benefit. To date, 49 missions have been successfully carried out, with the participation of 91 corporate volunteers who have taken time out from their jobs to participate.

Kraft employees Cory Painter, a food scientist, and chef Steve Pylypiw spent two weeks during April 2008 assisting Hoa Sua School in Ha Noi , a non-profit organisation which trains disadvantaged and disabled youth for the vocational sector. Students attend free of charge and learn about the hospitality trade, restaurant management, catering, embroidery and tailoring.

Mr. Painter and Mr. Pylypiw taught students how to make meat products such as sausages and hams, plus cheeses and bite-size cocktail party food. Mr. Painter explained that these products will be useful for Hoa Sua School in their catering business, their school restaurants, and potentially as items for sale in their bakery.