The whole issue of welfare goes back to Genesis when God created man-kind, Adam, and saw that it was not good for him to live alone, and so out of him he created a helper. The recognition that as individuals the waters are too dangerous for us to swim alone and also the premise that human beings are social animals who have social need are the motivations behind welfare and KISTTWA is not unique. Human needs require welfare where each individual is welfare to another. In pursuant of this principle KIST welfare dates back to early years since initiation in 1973.
The objective was to assist the KIST staffs who were members whenever they had welfare issues ranging from parties to is-sues of loss of loved ones and other social interactions as weddings and baby showers. Over the years however, the welfare momentum has rose and sometimes slowed down but it has never stopped. In the year 2011 KIST designed to stream-line the welfare by formally appointing four members who are the current executive committee. Through this committee, the welfare has achieved significant milestones having developed a sound constitution and generated name for the welfare – Kiambu Institute of Science & Technology Teachers Welfare Association (KISTTWA).
The objectives are:
- To generate funds to sustain welfare activities
- To create a sense of oneness among the staff
- To provide assistance to members in occurrence of activities specified in the constitution
- To organize Education tours and end of year parties
- organize for public lectures in matters related to associations and community living
Most of these objectives have been achieved and the remaining ones are due to the fact that the welfare is still in the formative stage. The current focus as it was agreed in a Special General Meeting held on 25th May 2013 where several resolutions were tabled and adopted is to see the welfare shift from temporary membership to life membership upon registration with the Ministry of Gender and Social Services.
Another major milestone was the resolution that members would commit to pay the Kshs. 3,000/- annual fee which will see the welfare boost its income and also change its current philosophy where its main focus are issues of benevolence to embrace life building activities to benefit the social , economic well being of the members. Upon its registration and establishment the KIST BOG has pledged to give it support. The bottom line is that successful organizations build covenant relationships of members and this is the focus and the direction to go for the KISTTWA. A strong welfare acts as a pillar not only for support of welfare issues but also to inform the much needed corporate discipline of members in a world riddled with many crises.
KNTSWG is registered under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Development.
That caters for the welfare of all non-teaching staff members of the KIST community. It confines its activities and operations within the mandates of KIST as a learning Institution.
The organization is a non-political group formed to bring together the non-teaching staff members of KIST. It aims at creating a voice of oneness among members especially when raising their grievances and for good relationship with the KIST administration. It also aims at bringing together the members in the hour of need. This has been seen through our attendance and representation of our members to funeral and during sickness, hence improving the welfare and well being of our esteemed members. Membership to the welfare is voluntary and all non-teaching workers are encouraged to participate.
Currently it has 74 members who are actively involved in the welfare and wishes to any other person as it is open to all. The organization also holds public lectures to educate its members and the community around the institute about social problems and how to deal with such. The key goal of the organization is to uphold the good aims of KIST as learning institution and to operate within the mandates of KIST and the laws of the republic of Kenya.
The organization operates within a set constitution and has officials that are very committed. The KNTSWG gets its funding directly from the esteemed members and is planning to invest in order to improve the economic status of our members. We as a family believe that united we stand and divide we fall. The sky is not the limit and with one voice one people we will go far. We believe that together we can make KIST a better place for a better tomorrow with God’s help and through the empowerment of our administration.