Daily Trust Foundation is the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of the Media Trust Group. It was carved out of the administration department of Daily Trust Group, which has, since 2000, provided humanitarian support to many communities in the North. For instance, over 200 female students studying for degrees in Medicine in select universities enjoy Media Trust Group’s scholarship. Many of them have graduated and now practice Medicine in and outside Nigeria. Also, the company has supported women groups to acquire skills for a living; constructed boreholes to make potable water available for communities; and made donations to prisons and orphanages. All these cost the organization several millions of Naira.
In 2015, the Foundation launched the North-East Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Fund in order to respond to the needs of displaced persons in the conflict zone. N150 million was donated to the fund by well-meaning Nigerians, corporate organizations, and foundations. From the donations, the Foundation has intervened in the North-East in various ways, like the sinking of boreholes for rural communities and IDP camps; funding the education of the girl-child in Yobe, Borno, and Adamawa states; training of women in various skills, like tailoring, knitting, hairdressing, catering services, etc; while 300 children who became orphans due to Boko Haram insurgency were given scholarship to acquire primary and junior secondary school education.
In 2022, the Foundation began a landmark project in the health sector in Yobe State. The intervention is for rehabilitating and remodeling Dikumari Primary Healthcare Clinic in Damaturu, Yobe State. The facility is the only health centre that caters to about 16,000 persons in the community. The Foundation’s interventions are in the areas of construction of a labour ward, the building of a waiting shed, renovation of existing staff quarters, elevation of the perimeter fence, and re-painting of the entire structures in the clinic.
Below is a short video of the project: