Thursday, October 3, 2002
Daily Nation

Aga Khan project donates Sh4m to Mombasa projects

Thirteen selected projects in Mombasa yesterday benefited from a Sh4 million community relations programme launched by the Tsavo Power Company.

The organisation's chief executive officer, Mr Michael Fox, presented certificates to the projects to Coast Provincial Commissioner Samuel Limo, at his office. The PC, in turn, handed them over to representatives of the projects.

Beneficiaries included the Bombolulu Centre for the Physically Handicapped, which received Sh488,000, Ziwani School for the Deaf and the Likoni School for the Blind (Sh468,000 each).

The Nuru Community Based Rehabilitation School in Changamwe, the Bamako, Initiative Project in Chaani, the Likoni Aids Orphanage, the Noor Islamic Orphanage, Kenya Sickle Cell Foundation and the Coast People Living with Aids Association, which received Sh234,000 each.

Others included the Port Reitz School for the Physically Handicapped (Sh312,000), Port Reitz Orthopaedic Clinic (Sh273,000), the Kenya Girl Guides Association and the Mewa Rehabilitation Centre (Sh244,000 each).

Mr Limo thanked the donors and called on other companies to emulate Tsavo's example by giving assistance to the less fortunate.

Tsavo Power Plant started operation in September last year and has added 74 megawatts of electricity to the national grid. Industrial Promotion Services (Kenya) Limited, an affiliate of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) and Cinergy Global Power Inc of the United States are the biggest stakeholders through a joint venture in the Tsavo Power Company with a holding of 49.9 per cent.

Speaking after the presentation, Mr Fox expressed optimism that the money would be used well. "This is a process and the projects shall be funded in instalments. We shall be visiting them every three months to monitor their progress."

He warned that projects found to have misused the funds would not receive any more assistance in future.