By CHARLES OGALLO
Diamond Trust Bank (DTB) has kicked off a Sh10 million programme to support 2,000 vulnerable families affected by the COVID 19 pandemic for a period of 30 days starting from May 20, 2020.
The programme also entails to drill two boreholes in Likoni Subcounty, according to DTB’s general manager Coast region Shibu Jacob during the launch presided over by Mombasa Governor Hassan Ali Joho.
This collaboration involves the County government, the County Emergency Household Relief and Nutrition Support Project Committee.
The 30-day programme is part of the Bank’s interventions to cushion the most vulnerable from the effects of the coronavirus disease.
Mr Shibu said the bank will spend Sh5 million for the provision of meals for needy families while another Sh5 million will be used to dig the boreholes in Likoni which is expected to serve 20,000 residents.
Funds for the Mombasa programme are part of DTB’s commitment of Sh100 million for interventions to reduce the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic of which Sh50 million was handed to the Emergency Response Fund.
According to the manager the bank is committed to alleviate the livelihoods crisis facing many a families due to the ongoing pandemic globally.
“As members of the community, we have made a commitment to stand with the people during this time and to ensure that this starts with the most vulnerable in the population,” he says.
The 2,000 families had been identified by the Mombasa County Emergency Household Relief and Nutrition Support Project Committee and would receive the support in the form of foodstuff.
In his gratitude, Mr Joho expressed hope the ‘extended hand’ and ‘generous gesture’ would go a long way to benefit those targeted families and not unscrupulous individuals out to reap where they had not sown.
Thanking the bank, he challenged other stakeholders operating within the County to come forward and support more programmes that would ensure no needy family is left out during this critical time of their lives.
“We would like to thank DTB for the support they have provided today. We have rolled out a number of measures to support the most vulnerable amongst us and I would like to call upon more corporate to embrace the spirit of giving. We are in this together and we must join hands during such times if we are to survive,” he said.
The DTB’s donation comes at an optimal time when the COVID 19 cases are rapidly increasing and spreading throughout the County with calling for stringent restrictions being suggested by health authorities.
Mombasa is second to Nairobi with cases of coronavirus since the first case was announced by the Ministry of Health in the country on March 3, 2020.