Hospitality students reach out to vulnerable children

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: Hotel School students recently empowered local children’s homes with skills including general hygiene, sandwich preparation and dining etiquette

Third-year students from the Cape Town Hotel School and senior lecturer, Dr Tshina Nyathela, recently entertained and empowered vulnerable children in two charity organisations that are located in local townships.

The students visited Emasithandane Children’s Home in Nyanga and Understanding Hope and Care in Khayelitsha. Emasithandane takes care of abandoned children of various ages, provides sport training and programmes for 80 children. Understanding Hope and Care is a home of disabled children, housing and feeding at least 10 children.

“As part of the Events Management module, students were required to locate a charity for which they will raise funds, buy household items for and visit in order to do hospitality-related activities,” says Nyathela.

Students were divided into two groups and visited the charities to assess them and identified the areas they could assist with such as training their personnel and children on issues that will assist the charity organisations.

The children at Understanding Hope and Care were taught the following activities by the students:

  • How to make, shape and prepare bread
  • Proper washing of hands
  • Games, singing and dancing.

While children at Emasithandane benefitted from the following training:

  • How to make a proper affordable sandwich
  • Safe handling of kitchen equipment and cleaning as you go
  • Simple table-setting and dining etiquette
  • The proper way of making a bed.

“This was a great opportunity for students to engage and explore outside their known environment, they found sharing their skills and knowledge to be exciting,” concludes Nyathela.


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