Message from the KSLIA Chair February 2015

Message from the KSLIA Chair

February 2015

KSLIA is all of us. If KSLIA fails to deliver, it is all of us who have failed to deliver because the organization is simply our agent. We are the principals and our organization simply acts on our behalf. In a democratic dispensation, the organization is only one element co-existing in a social fabric of many varied organizations.

Members of an organization should share in the responsibility of joining with others to shape the future of the organization. As KSLIA members, we must take responsibility for the fate of our organization, in the end we will rejoice when we take the organization to the next level and achieve the progress that our hearts yearn for. This is what KSLIA leadership has endeavored to do together with those who mean well for the profession.

Therefore KSLIA office bearers act for the interests of the organization and not for personal interests. Where personal interests exist, the organizations’ interests must always carry the day. The current office bearers have therefore always acted for the interest of the organization. Some may not be pleased especially if they want to have their way. BUT anyone in our position would always do what the office demands i.e doing what is right to ensure the organizations’ interests always prevail.

Consequently, as an office, we may have rubbed some interpreters the wrong way as we execute our mandate BUT let it be clear to all of you that it is nothing personal. It is what the position we are in demands. It requires us to EXECUTE OUR MANDATE even when it doesn’t please everyone as long, as it is the right thing to do. This we will continue to do without fear or favour for the benefit of us all for it is the only way we can achieve the progress we yearn for.


God Bless you all

KSLIA National Chairperson

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Saturday, August 19, 2006

KSLIA meeting of 14th August 2006

Kenya Sign Language Interpreters Association (KSLIA) meeting held on August 14th 2006 at KSLRP 844 Building UoN.

Washington Akaranga
Leonida Kaula
Mary Njoki
Jack Owiti


George Mweri
Eunice Kasisi
Aggrey Akaranga


  1. Review previous minutes
  2. Follow up on action items
  3. Issues arising and way forward


  1. Training of Interpreters – KSLRP, GDC/Deaf Aid

The meeting began some minutes after 5:30pm

The meeting noted that the meeting that was to be held on the 12th of August did not take place due to lack of quorum. The officials present resolved that the next notification of the meeting will be done through email, SMS and phone calls.

The officials looked at the letterhead samples that were presented by Aggrey, there were three main edits that they noted. First is to increase the font to be bigger, change the font colors to match the logo – from black to blue. Thirdly the motto at the bottom of the letterhead was to read “working towards improving the standards and quality of sign language interpretation”.

The officials also looked at the various banking options presented, among the banks – Stan Chart, Barclays, KCB, Equity that were to be investigated – KCB was found to be favorable for the opening of an account for the association. KCB required the association to present a letter of reference, minutes of meetings, constitution, ID copies of officials, passport photos of officials and the opening balance. The officials agreed that they would provide all the documentation and open the account by 16th of August 2006.

The chair was asked to look into options of signing up the association on yahoo for email purposes. The email will be used to communicate association related communication like membership, meetings, and urgent issues regarding the life of the association.

Leonida will research the possibilities of creating a registration form for the membership. This will help the association keep track of who is a member, keep membership records. She also suggested that the association make a contract for engaging interpreter and client, this will enable the association enforce ethics and adherence to the contract terms.

Njoki reminded the officials that the association needs to start thinking of fundraising for future events like training, recruitment, projects and development. All members were asked to research possible funding mechanisms available and the possibilities of using them.

Washington informed the meeting that the Youth Ministry is looking for 6 KSL Interpreters for their forum/meeting at the end of September. KSLIA would propose names to Washington for forwarding to the Youth Ministry for consideration.

With no other business the meeting adjourned with the next meeting fixed for the 23rd September 2006.

With no other business the meeting adjourned at 1pm.

Chair: _________________________ Signature: ____________________ Date:______________

Secretary: _________________________ Signature: ____________________ Date:______________


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