The logo of Abraham House of Hospitality
When the Provincial of the East African Province discerned that Father James J. Spillane, S.J. should live with the Jesuit Community at St. Francis Xavier Parish in the Nyakahoja section of downtown Mwanza, Father Charles Kitima generously offered to make one of the housing units on the campus available for Fr. Spillane’s use. The primary use would be to take an afternoon nap and stay overnight if there was a university agenda that went late into the evening or a very early morning activity.
Opening ceremony of the Abraham House of Hospitality
CONCEPT OF THE ABRAHAM HOUSE OF HOSPITALITY
Since Father Spillane is teaching in the Tourism and Hospitality Management Program at SAUT and was later appointed Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration, it was suggested that this unit be developed into a place where various activities in the hospitality field might occur. Such activities include Mass in a specially decorated Chapel Room, days of recollection for students and faculty as well as interested outside parties, occasional meals for special guests, movie showing for selected audiences, etc. The name of the house is based on the fact that Abraham is the “patron saint” of hospitality for Jews, Christians and Moslem and thus appropriate for the mixture of faith background of the SAUT academic community.
TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT TRAINING CENTER
At the moment, SAUT does not have an appropriate training center for the students enrolled in the Tourism and Hospitality Management programmes. Consequently, the Abraham House of Hospitality has been used as a place for providing an opportunity to develop practical tourism and hospitality skills in these students. Among other things, the students would learn how to cook; do housekeeping; plan, organize and execute various hospitality activities [such as meetings, retreats, business luncheons, etc]; run a restaurant; manage a catering service; do landscaping; design and decorate various rooms; maintain a tourism facility; etc. This unit is located on campus and would be conveniently located for student activities. Moreover, it is hoped that this facility would provide revenue for the university to offset the costs of running this training facility. In this way, the students would also develop practical skills in the important area of entrepreneurship.