The Caribbean Association of Home Economists Inc., founded in 1972 is a non-governmental organisation of over five hundred (500) members from the Anglophone Caribbean, Guyana, Belize and to a lesser extent North America. CAHE is affiliated to the International Federation for Home Economics that is over one hundred year old. The association works in close alliance with the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) formerly the American Home Economics Association (AHEA), and is twinned with the Toronto Home Economics Association (THEA). CAHE has also worked closely with Ministries of Education, Health and Agriculture around the region as well as with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). As professionals and educators alike we share a common vision for the improvement of the quality of life for Caribbean citizens and for the development of Home Economics in the region. CAHE offers a system professional certification for its members.
Meeting the needs of the family in a changing world: Perspectives from the Caribbean
Audrey A. Jones-Drayton, M Ed. CPHE, IPHE Caribbean families have throughout history displayed remarkable resilience and a key reason for this has been their ability to modify and reconfigure themselves to suit their specific social and political context (James and Harris,1998; Chamberlain,1999). A culturally appropriate definition of the Caribbean family, an understanding of its composition and its origins can best explain its evolution towards interventions for meeting the needs of these families and their communities. While similarities between the familial structures and the impact of multiple variables upon families in the Caribbean and other parts of the region of the Americas exist, nuances and yet distinct differences prevail. All territories in the region have experienced socio-political changes and the resulting economic and demographic trends have affected some territories more than others. Nonetheless the Caribbean family continues to recreate itself as it is impacted by global trends, more particularly the intra-regional changes in cultural, religious, economic and political policies and practices. A dearth of current statistics for the critical variables of familial roles and structure, immigration, repatriation and their impact on the family tend to diminish the magnitude of these changes, their effects and interventions to mere conjecture. This lack of empirical evidence presents a challenge for scientific discussions but because vast similarities exist within and between countries in the Caribbean the presentation will benefit from a qualitative approach derived from focus group discussions and available statistics. The presentation will discuss critical impacts and examine solutions and the implications for home economics towards improving the quality of life for families. Key words: Caribbean families, trends, social change Click here for full paper Meeting the changing needs of the family Perspectives form the Americas CAHE Jamaica 2017
CALL FOR PAPERS FOR THE CARIBBEAN JOURNAL OF HOME ECONOMICS
CALL FOR PAPERS FOR THE CARIBBEAN JOURNAL OF HOME ECONOMICS 2016 SPECIAL EDITION “Strengthening home economics skills in the 21st Century: Understanding the interconnectedness within families and society” The Caribbean Association of Home Economists Inc. invites the submission of research papers, position papers, concept papers, action research projects and book reviews for its special edition of this journal. Submissions should add to the body of knowledge in home economics, should be well defined, and aimed at the development of best practices. “Globally, family structures, values and norms are prey to a changing society”. How can the home economist impact this change? What are some strategies that can be employed? What should be the work of the home economist? How does STEM methodology impact home economics education? Where do home economists position themselves in this new paradigm? For full download click here CAHE CALL FOR PAPERS CARIBBEAN JOURNAL OF HOME EOCNOMICS SPECIAL EDITION 2016
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Ingredients 8 oz (227g) dried red peas (kidney beans) 1 pt (560 ml) coconut milk 1 lb (454g) brown rice 2 garlic cloves chopped 1 eschallot stalk chopped 1green hot pepper slit open 1 ½ tsp. Salt 1 sprig thyme Prep Time: 3-4 hours Total Time: 1hr 45mins Serves: 6 Directions 1. Soak peas in 1 pt (560 ml) water for 2-4 hours or overnight. 2. Cook in the soaking water with another ½ pt (280ml) water and the coconut milk in a heavy duty pot with a tightly fitted lid for about an hour or until tender. 3. Add the rice and all the seasoning ingredients. 4. Stir well adding ½ -1 pt (280-560 ml) more water if necessary 5. Cover and let simmer for 30 minutes until the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed. 6. Remove the thyme and pepper before serving. Additional notes: Cook the peas with soaked pig’s tail or salt or corned pork or beef and omit the salt. Use 1 lb (454g) mature peas instead of dried peas Add a few dried pimento berries when cooking the peas together with a dab of margarine.
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Ingredients 6 ounces Cooked mashed black-eye peas 4 ounces Brown Sugar 4 ounces Margarine 4 ounces Flour 1 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp Vanilla essence Prep Time: 20 Minutes Total Time: 45 mins Yields:90 Directions Sift together flour and baking powder into mixing bowl. Add the other ingredients into the bowl and mix thoroughly until it holds together. Place on a lightly floured board and roll out to 1/8 inches thickness. Cut into shapes with an 11/2-inch cookie cutter. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until lightly brown.
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An Adventure in Caribbean Cuisine presents traditional and original recipes from the widespread and diverse kitchens of the Caribbean’s Association of Home Economists. On show is the variety of ways in which the preparation and combination of the basic ingredients of traditionalCaribbean “Creole” cuisine have developed throughout the territories. Caribbean Association of Home Economists Inc. (Author) Buy this book from Amazon
CAHE Chronicles the First 30 Years
This historical review of the contributions of a professional organisation across three decades is noteworthy since it will serve to emphasize strongly the value of Home Economics in nation building through its contributions to various sectors, inter alia, in Education, Health, Family life and community well-being. It is particularly pleasing that the capacity and capability of mainly Caribbean women, contributing positively in national and international fora, on development issues, is clearly demonstrated through this work. The contents of this book attests to our longevity rivaled only by West Indian cricket. It is a sacrificial investment as we continue to fight the battle for recognition of our profession and to bridge the gaps in our practice between home, school community and our personal lives. This chronicle offers valuable insights into strategies and structures that foster permanence within such an organization while remaining effective in service towards fulfilling its mandate. Caribbean Association of Home Economists Inc. (Author)