This gathering took place on a Saturday, a day dedicated to spreading the joy of shared meals under the banner of the ’Universal Plate’ campaign. Kigali Marriott Hotel partnered with Esther’s Aid Culinary Art, a renowned cooking school, and succeeded in serving over 400 individuals from the local community.
Nicole Ingabire Munyangabe, the Cluster Director of Human Resources at Kigali Marriott Hotel, shared her insights into the event’s purpose, stating, "Today, as hotel employees, we believed it’s good to share food with our community and provide food to those in need. Marriott’s core values, including the ’Serve360’ inspires us to give back to the community."
Claire Effiong, the International Director of Esther’s Aid Culinary Arts, emphasized the significance of the occasion, noting, "Today, we are not only indulging in delicious meals but also using the power of food to transform lives. Our mission extends beyond encouraging people to eat; it aims to educate them about consuming nutritious foods that promote their well-being."
The residents of Kacyiru expressed their gratitude for the hotel’s involvement. Solange Mukamurenzi, sharing her joy, said, "I used to pass by Kigali Marriott while going about my day, but now I am thrilled that we had the opportunity to share a meal with them. They prepared and served meals for us, and it truly brought happiness to our hearts."
Jean Pierre Iranzi added, "Socializing and communal bonding are integral aspects of Rwandan culture. We are elated that the hotel joined us, not only sharing food but also revealing their culinary secrets."
Kigali Marriott Hotel, which officially opened its doors on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, goes beyond its role as a provider of hotel and restaurant services.
The hotel is dedicated to making a positive impact to the community. They are actively involved in charitable activities, such as constructing shelters for the less fortunate, participating in community initiatives, visiting individuals with disabilities, providing support to patients, and enrolling vulnerable residents in the Mutuelle de Santé program, among other admirable efforts.