Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is the idea that a company should play a positive role in the community and consider the environmental and social impact of business decisions. (Business Development Bank of Canada)
Boncafe in Phnom Penh has taken CSR seriously and approached the Maryknoll Deaf Development Programme about training deaf people how to make coffee. DDP thought that was a wonderful idea!
The training at DDP was in two sessions on two different days, one day for deaf people from Kampong Cham Province and the second day for learners from Phnom Penh. Here Pakheday, the trainer, explains some of the basics of making good coffee.
Here he explains the hardware on the commercial coffee making machine. The goal of the training was to provide a marketable skill that the deaf people can use to set up their own businesses.
The training was hands-on and each student made one of the coffee varieties. The DDP staff suffered caffeine overload from drinking so many of the demonstration coffees!
Certificates were presented at the end of the day of training. Now the DDP Job Training Project staff will follow up with the trainees to see if they are able to capitalize on what they have learned.
On the third morning, without the students, the DDP staff made videos of all the coffee varieties and the processes for making them. The videos can be used for review and reinforcement of what was learned.