A positive partnership
The Mosa Mosa partnership is the latest project to be delivered under BluprintX’s giving back initiative, a global CSR programme that sees the company support local communities by volunteering employee time and making financial donations. The collaboration centres on cooking classes that equip asylum seekers with essential culinary skills, allowing them to build happier, healthier lives and significantly improve confidence.
The participants represent many countries from around the world including, Afghanistan, Kurdistan, Zimbabwe, Syria, Qatar, Kurdistan, Iraq, and Eritrea. Throughout the sessions, the attendees train as one group with the opportunity to develop new language skills, socialise, and further their depth of knowledge on international cultures. In collaboration with BluprintX and the charity Migrant Help, Mosa Mosa has held three successful sessions with plans for many more.
Participants have learned how to make a variety of exciting dishes from across the globe, such as quesadillas, keema and potatoes, couscous salad, and daal. At the end of the classes, attendees are encouraged to sample the dishes they have created, demonstrating the value of their new skills.
In some of the classes, participants brought their children along to enjoy playing in the wide-open space of Harborne Food School, which kindly donated their facilities for the training sessions. The partnership was also able to deploy a transport service to collect the participants from their accommodation, which opened the sessions to an even wider group.
A rewarding community project
Lee Hackett, BluprintX Group CEO, said: “As a global business, BluprintX prioritises giving back to the extended community. Our company resembles a diverse workforce that recognises the importance of cultural understanding and its crucial role within our wider working culture.
“The partnership with Mosa Mosa is a great opportunity for our team to donate their time to an incredibly rewarding community project and to provide valuable financial assistance, which helps to make the cooking classes available to those who need them the most.”
Mirrored company values
Mosa Mosa was established by Fahima Jilani in 2017, initially trading at markets and festivals, selling South Asian appetisers. During this time, Fahima was also volunteering at the British Red Cross, catering for help sessions aimed at asylum seekers under 25 years old. Struck with inspiration to combine her vocations, Fahima began exploring how she could use her advanced culinary skills to create a dedicated programme that aims to improve the wellbeing of refugees and asylum seekers.
BluprintX is always looking for new community-first collaborations and was captivated by Fahima’s vision to support asylum seekers through the vessel of food. The classes closely align with BluprintX’s company values and help to reinforce their dedication to corporate social responsibility.
Fahima said: “Cooking has always been very close to my heart, and this pioneering partnership enables us to extend the reach of the classes. The incredible support we have received from BluprintX, both financially and physically, makes the dream possible. Thank you very much BluprintX, we couldn’t do it without you.”
Planning for the future
BluprintX and Mosa Mosa are working hard to keep up the momentum and hope to deliver more transformational sessions for the community. We’ll keep you updated as we build on this inspiring partnership and develop its reach.