The Kwale based Australian mining firm Base Titanium has donated 38,000 reusable facemasks, 300 Thermo guns, and several handwashing stations to religious centres in Kwale county and parts of Likoni sub-county of Mombasa.
Nine schools in Lunga Lunga sub-county of Kwale also received the reusable facemasks and thermometer guns to help the learning institutions in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
The donations by the mining firm simply known as ‘Base’ were handed over on Thursday by Base Community Liaison Superintendent Christine Mwaka.
Ms Mwaka said Base has also donated infrared thermometer guns and 10,000 re-usable masks to 20 schools in Msambweni sub-county of Kwale as a way of helping schools in the region fight against Covid-19.
She said the consignment will help churches and mosques comply with government directives on the prevention of the spread of Covid-19 in places of worship and cautioned the residents against downplaying the threat posed by the virus to the local health system and the economy in general.
The mining firm official also said Base in a bid to support and empower the girl child in Kwale, has donated sanitary towels to the “Pad a girl initiative” spearheaded by the Kwale County Assembly Women Caucus.
She said the initiative is meant to support more than 2,000 school-going girls from disadvantaged families.
Nominated Member of County Assembly (MCA) and the chairperson of Kwale County Assembly Women Caucus Fatuma Masito said the sanitary pads will ensure girls do not miss days of school each month during menstruation.
“When girls receive such menstrual hygiene kits they will no longer need to use unhygienic items and miss days of school each month,” she said when she received the donations at the County assembly headquarters.
By Hussein Abdullahi