Mombasa, May 19, 2020: Diamond Trust Bank (DTB) has kicked off a KSh10-million programme to support 2,000 vulnerable families in Mombasa for a period of 30 days and to drill two boreholes.
The programme will be carried out in collaboration with the Mombasa County Government and the County Emergency Household Relief and Nutrition Support Project Committee.
The programme is part of the Bank's interventions to cushion the most vulnerable from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
DTB will spend KSh5 million for the provision of meals for needy families while KSh5 million will be spent on digging the boreholes in Likoni, where they are expected to serve 2,000 households.
Funds for the Mombasa programme are part of DTB's commitment of KSh100 million for interventions to reduce the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, of which KSh50 million was handed to the Emergency Response Fund.
Speaking at the launch of the programme DTB's General Manager for the Coast Region, Shibu Jacob, spoke of the Bank's commitment to alleviating the crisis many are facing because of the pandemic.
"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," said Mr Shibu.
He said 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.
"We'd like to thank the committee for accepting to collaborate with us in this programme and Governor Ali Hassan Joho for being with us here today," he added.
"On behalf of the people of Mombasa I wish to extend my most profound gratitude to the DTB management and staff for this noble and generous gesture. Ours is to assure you that this donation will reach the intended beneficiaries who are truly in need of the aid and everything you have donated today will be accounted for," said Governor Joho.
Governor Joho thanked DTB for the support and asked for more support for the programme.
"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 corporates to embrace the spirit of giving. We are in this together and we must join hands during such times if we are to survive," said Governor Joho.