At least 1000 vulnerable households within Kisumu City will receive humanitarian aid following the donation of food items by Diamond Trust Bank (DTB).
The Sh1 million shillings’ donation received today by Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o will help cushion identified households rendered vulnerable by the ravaging effects of the corona virus pandemic.
The DTB head of delegation at the occasion Ms. Nikita Rehal, the manager Kisumu Branch said that under its Corporate Social Responsibility pillar, the bank has set aside Sh.100 million to support similar initiatives across the country.
The vulnerable families in Kisumu will receive a relief package containing 4 kgs maize flour, 2kgs wheat flour, 4kgs green grams, 2kgs rice, 2kgs sugar, and 500gms cooking fat; enough to last them for two weeks.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Governor acknowledged the support extended by DTB to help vulnerable people in Kisumu as well as acknowledging Aga Khan business entities commitment to the advancement of social welfare in their areas of business operations.
He made it clear that the pandemic will be with us for a long time and all must embrace for a protracted struggle against it.
He further highlighted that the county through the COVID-19 Rapid Response Team that looks both at the health and socio-economic aspects of the effects of the pandemic has come up with a roadmap on how to deal with household economies by using the household as a center for economic production.
“As a government we continue to take precautionary measures to flatten COVID-19 infections, however, to win the war we need a collective approach to effectively combat the virus”, he said.
He encouraged everyone to support the County even in small ways to help cushion those rendered vulnerable.
The Governor was joined by the City Manager and a host of MCAs led by the majority leader Ken Onyango.
By Nancy Juma