The hotels presented these essential materials to ’Well Water Ministries’ as part of their ’Women Development Project,’ a program dedicated to assisting girls who had to drop out of school and vulnerable women in their journey towards self-improvement.
Under the guidance of the ’Women Development Project,’ these girls and women are taught valuable sewing skills, enabling them to generate income by crafting reusable sanitary pads for both children and women.
These eco-friendly pads are created using various fabrics, and the hotels have further supported the cause by providing 187 towels and 105 sheets that will be used in the production of these reusable pads.
Patrick Niyitegeka, the Assistant Human Resources Manager at Kigali Marriott Hotel, emphasized that this contribution reflects the hotel’s commitment to its community, aligning with the core values of Marriott, including ’Serve360,’ which encourages giving back to the local community.
"Some of Marriott’s values, including ’Serve360,’ emphasize our duty to contribute to our community," Niyitegeka explained. "In this spirit, Kigali Marriott Hotel, in collaboration with Four Points by Sheraton Kigali, initiated this project to support ’Well Water Ministries’ by providing them with essential equipment to facilitate their work and promote development."
Josianne Tuyishimire, the Project Manager of the ’Women Development Project,’ expressed her gratitude to the hotels, highlighting the significance of the support in their mission. She mentioned that the donated sheets were invaluable as they allowed the organization to save on high fabric costs.
"We greatly appreciate this support because it is integral to our work. We teach our beneficiaries to sew regular clothing as well as ’diapers’ and ’sanitary pads’ that can be laundered, and these sheets are indispensable for our operations," Tuyishimire noted. "Some of the girls and women we assist cannot afford these necessities, including those we accommodate who lack bedding and sanitary materials. This donation is a significant relief for them."
Kigali Marriott Hotel, inaugurated on October 4, 2016, extends its commitment to improving the Rwandan community beyond its hotel and restaurant services.
The hotel actively engages in philanthropic activities, such as assisting the less fortunate, participating in community projects, supporting individuals with disabilities, subscribing needy people for Mutuelle de Sante, and visiting patients, among other initiatives.