ENHANCING SUSTAINABILITY

ENHANCING SUSTAINABILITY

Sustainability entails continuous access and ownership of resources to enable the organization to achieve the basic needs of realizing its mission, growth and expansion. The activities undertaken include the following:-

a) Human resource development
i. Ongoing training and formation of programme participants as the key stakeholders for the organization’s sustainability. Their commitment to the organizational purpose and their active participation enhance their role as change agents.

ii. Ongoing training and formation for the leadership: A strong leadership in terms of deep conviction of organizational values and goals as well as their application in the changing situations enables the organization to remain relevant to people at all times.

iii. Ongoing training and formation for the staff/employees: Conviction in the Kolping values and goals combined with their competencies has helped in the successful implementation of activities.

iv. Professional training for the Staff:
- KST has trained staff in various capacities despite the meagre resources.
- KST has also trained grassroot volunteers particularly in the fi eld of agriculture.
b) Financial Sustainability
i. At National level: Despite KST being a recipient of donor funds, it had decided from the early days to
establish its own funding by establishing income generating projects at national level and persuading
membership contributions.
Kolping National Projects: KST engagement in establishing national income generating undertakings
is intended to generate funds to assist supplementing the running of Kolping VTCs and the
running of other mainstream programmes. These include Bukoba Kolping Hotel, Magoti Maize mill,
AKEMPS, JOKOSES, Kemondo Godown and Kolping Woodlots.

ii. At grassroot level - Self Help Groups (SHG): The 4th KST National Convention – 2007 deliberated that all SHGs should establish SACCOS independently or jointly as one of the key means of mobilizing grassroot fi nancial resources for the realization of individual and SHG goals. KST facilitated this through training, registration formalities and establishment of the KST micro lending programme.

iii. Own contributions of membership and grassroot sponsors: This is realized through the following:-
• Contributions of some foodstuff for grassroot training measures.
• Sponsorship of revenue for grassroot training events by local institutions, e.g. church and
public facilities.
• Annual contributions of cereals by LKFs in Bukoba Diocese for the KST vocational training
schools
c) Managing growth and expansion
During the course of the 25 year pilgrimage of the Kolping Society in Tanzania, the KST had encountered many opportunities as well as challenges. The KST response to these had enabled it to grow and expand in the traditional programmes, income generation as well as social services provision. The Founder Fr. David Kamugisha had always insisted on sustainability measures as well as the role of KST in the provision of social services. On the other hand the extension to other regions was not only desired by KST but also by the International Offi ce as well as the local church in order to acquire the authentic national status. The resultant growth and expansion presented the challenge of managing the trading aspect within the administrative set up of community development. The Board of Directors recognized the need of restructuring i.e. to separate the trading component from the community development set up in order to guarantee effective management of both and ensure sustainability.