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Inner Wheel Club of Subang, Selangor in Malaysia launched the ‘Project Mask’. The project was conceptualised in August 2020 and distribution started in September 2020.
The initiative was undertaken with specific objectives.
The club members researched and purchased the right fabric that is comfortable as well a good deterrent to this virus. We also got the best design that will be effective. We then engaged tailors Ms. Regina and Ms. Jessie (a single mother) from B40 (lower income) who resides in an area where they could use the tailoring skills of women in the same neighborhood. These ladies welcomed the additional income.
We have started the distribution by covering some of the public schools in areas where children are from lower income homes. Members also distributed them in shelter home RPS Shelter Home, charity organisation like Karunai Illam (Gracious Home for girls) and Anbu Illam (Home of Love for boys) that houses children who are orphans, from broken homes and as well as abused children.
Masks were given to Sentul Refuge School and Sri Aathi Shankara Maddom. This Maddom houses 27 orphaned boys. Just before Diwali, the Festival of Lights, masks were given out to the underprivileged in Klang.
We will be completing this project by November and will continue to distribute to more public schools and to the Afghan and Rohinga refugees as well.
With the conclusion of this project of ours in November 2020, we come away with the hope Ms. Regina and Ms Jessie and their team will continue to produce the cloth masks as and when the demand arise.