MAGGI Sarap Sustansya Caravan Creates Mentoring Program for Pinoy Moms
December 14, 2015
MAGGI Sarap Sustansya Caravan, a five-day event that promotes tasty, affordable and healthy meal preparations among mothers in communities, empowers Filipino moms through a sustainability program.
The campaign features participating mothers – billed as MAGGI Sarap Sustansya Champions – sharing the important lessons they have learned from the MAGGI Sarap Sustansya Caravan to fellow mothers in their respective communities. Following the five-day event is a Train the Trainers program that enables the participating mothers to conduct the cascade of kitchen and nutrition tips they learned to other moms in their barangay.
MAGGI Sarap Sustansya Caravan’s Train the Trainers program features a one-day training for volunteer moms that educates them on basic facilitation skills, training, evaluation, and arms them with three modules on Nutrition for Children’s Health, Food Safety and Sanitation and Cooking Methods.
The volunteer trainers conduct the training for one and a half days to fellow mothers. The training includes lecture-discussion, cooking demonstrations and hands-on exercises. Other activities include shopping for ingredients, pre and post-test, training evaluation and meal planning.
Both trainer and trainee moms appreciated the benefits of participating in MAGGI Sarap Sustansya Caravan.
Rochelie Nadunza, 38, mother of two, volunteered as a trainer after participating in the five-day MAGGI Sarap Sustansya Caravan.
“Talagang passion ko po ang cooking. Namana ko sa family ko ‘yung mga paraan ng pagluluto na akala ko lahat ng knowledge, nasa amin na. Nung sumali ako dito, may mga hindi pa pala ako alam na techniques kaya ginusto ko po na mag-aral at madagdagan ang kaalaman ko, mag-train at ma-share ko sa iba (Cooking is really my passion. I inherited my family’s cooking techniques and I thought I knew everything already. After joining, I realized that there are still cooking techniques I have yet to learn that’s why I wanted to learn more, train people and share this knowledge to others),” Rochelie said.
She cited sanitation as a particular lesson she’s been keen on sharing.
“Lahat ng mommies sa kusina talagang humahawak ng kutsilyo, kaldero at kawali pero ‘yung tamang paraan, the best na matutunan. Sa sanitation nag-start. Kahit gaano kasarap ang luto, kung na-contaminate, wala rin (Every mom in the kitchen hold knives, pots and pans but the proper way of handling these is the best thing to learn. Everything starts with sanitation. Even if you cook a delicious meal but if it’s contaminated, then it will be a waste),” Rochelie added.
Arrah Mae Cruz, 26, mother of one, was encouraged by an aunt to participate as a trainee in the Cascade.
“Naaya ako sa training kasi gusto ko matuto ng bagong recipes at cooking techniques. Natutunan kong mag-blanch ng gulay para crunchy at ma-enjoy ng pamilya na kainin (I joined the training because I wanted to learn new recipes and cooking techniques. I learned to blanch the vegetables to make them crunchy and make it enjoyable for my family to eat veggies),” Arrah said.
“Sumali ako kasi pihikan ang mga anak ko sa pagkain. Gusto kong matutunan iyong tamang pagluluto para sa nutrisyon ng mga anak ko at paano sila mapapakain ng gulay (I joined the training because my kids are picky eaters. I want to learn proper cooking for my children’s nutrition and how I can entice them to eat vegetables),” Daisy Temblor, another trainee and a mother of four, confided.
“Natutuwa ako kasi yung isang tinuruan ko, nagkwento sa akin na ang mga anak niya dati ayaw kumain ng ampalaya. Pero dahil nai-share ko yung mga tips sa tamang pagluluto ng gulay, gustong gusto na ng mga anak niya (I am very happy because one of my trainees shared that her kids previously hated ampalaya. But because I was able to share with her the tips on cooking vegetables, her kids now love it),” Beng Santos, a Sarap Sustansya Trainer, joyfully shared.
The Train the Trainers program serves as a sustainable way to spread the best cooking and meal preparation practices among Filipino mothers. The graduates of MAGGI Sarap Sustansya Caravan are empowered to share the valuable lessons and knowledge they’ve learned.
“The MAGGI Sarap Sustansya Caravan is an advocacy that provides mothers adequate information about nutrition and how they can apply this in an affordable way to the variety of meals they can prepare for their kids and family. It doesn’t stop there. The program will also empower the moms to share this knowledge to fellow mothers not just within their family but also within their communities so we can create healthier dining habits among Filipino families,” Geetha Balakrishna, Food Business Executive Manager, said.
The MAGGI Sarap Sustansya Caravan currently has 210 Sarap Sustansya Caravan Champions, 39 Certified Sarap Sustansya Trainers and more than 400 Cascade trainees in six barangays where the Caravan was previously held.
The MAGGI Sarap Sustansya Caravan is slated to conduct a series of community tours nationwide in the upcoming months.