Women Students Welfare Association

To the friends of WOSWA,

The Women Students’ Welfare Association (WOSWA) was formed in 1984 as the official mouthpiece for the female student fraternity in the University of Nairobi.  Since then WOSWA has undertaken a remarkable transformation.

WOSWA was initially a main campus affair with all activities been concentrated in the main campus. Now, we are represented in all campuses by the WOSWA campus and halls representatives and also the executive committee coming from main, upper Kabete, parklands and Kenya science.

We have successfully organized events and programmes that have transformed the lives of university students. WOSWA recently partnered with the Standard Group to hold the Sista2Sista Campus Edition in May which saw various personalities such as Caroline Mutoko, Ann Kiguta, Susan Mwaura and Zumba instructor Liz Baregu come together to mentor the students. It attracted over 500 female students from various universities. Soon after, we had our annual Reproductive Health Week in which we partnered with Nairobi Women’s’ Hospital, I Choose Life, Population Service International, Marie Stopes Limited, E.K. Center, Standard Group, KISS 100, Haco Tiger Brands and Safaricom.  Thanks to our partners and sponsors, the event was successful and experienced another massive turnout as students were able to access free medical services such as pap smears, breast screening, VCT and family planning and counseling. We ended the WOSWA year with a thanksgiving dinner at the Hilton Hotel where we celebrated the successful WOSWA year with our sponsors and students in appreciation of their support and commitment to WOSWA.

WOSWA as an organization is not catered for financially in the University budget. Unlike all other student organizations, WOSWA officials do not earn an allowance. I presume that contributes to our success because what we young women leaders have is passion, commitment and dedication to doing good for the greater female population. For years now, WOSWA has been run with a lot of integrity thus we have being identified as a credible and accountable association. That explains our long lasting relationship with our current partners. However, this financial constraint has been a great hindrance since there are so many projects we would like to undertake that will have a positive impact in the university and the society at large but we are unable to as our resources are minimal.

We would like to encourage the government, corporate sector, NGOs and individuals to join us as we empower the young lady in preparation for the great role she plays in society.  We kindly request your support as we strive to produce the total woman who is intelligent, confident, mature, hardworking and beautiful both inside and out. Therefore join us as we achieve our mission. WOSWA is always ready and happy to welcome new friends abode.

In the same light I would like to thank all our current partners and sponsors. My sincere gratitude goes to the E.K. Center, Standard Group, Radio Africa, Nairobi Women’s Hospital, PSI, ICL, Safaricom, Marie Stopes Limited, Haco Tiger Brands and individuals Dr. Evans Kidero- MD Mumias Sugar, Caroline Mutoko- Programmes Controller and Head of Marketing Radio Africa, Njoki Karuoya- Associate Editor Standard Group Magazines, Dorcas Odumbe- Production Editor Standard Group Magazines, Esther Ingolo-Presenter Radio Maisha, Ann Kiguta- Editor and Anchor KTN, Susan Mwaura- Head of Policy and Reward Barclays Bank, Eva Muraya- CEO Colour Creations, Rukia Subow- Chairperson Maendeleo ya Wanawake, Mrs. Mary Okello- Director Makini Schools, Mr. Chris Kirubi- Chairman Haco Tiger Industries and businessman, Mrs. Ida Odinga, Hon. Millie Odhiambo, Hon. Joyce Laboso and Hon. Gideon Mung’aro. I also take this opportunity to thank the Vice Chancellor of The University of Nairobi, Prof. Magoha, the Deputy Vice Chancellor Student Affairs, Prof. Mbeche and the Dean of Students Fr. Dominic Wamugunda.

I look forward to working with all of you.

Thank you and God bless.

Mitchelle Osok

Chairlady WOSWA.