The Mask Project
In this time of crisis, in order to contribute our bit to the community, with the blessings of our founder Sri M, making of cotton cloth masks was undertaken at The Satsang Foundation Madanapalle.
According to WHO, if 80% of the population wears masks and practices rigorous hand washing; the infectious outbreak can be stopped. To aid the containment of the corona virus, our aim is to stitch and distribute as many masks as possible before the lockdown relaxes.
Based on the PSA Manual, published by Press Information Bureau, Government of India, the design and dimensions of the mask were customized.
Women with tailoring background were identified and informed about the project. Immediately sample material was purchased through local contacts and a small pilot project was kick started.
The lady tailors belong to the deserving category and were thrilled to receive this opportunity to not only offer their services but also earn a living in this lockdown period. With their head, heart and hand tuned to seva mode, they started dedicating more time to this noble cause. The ladies stitched different patterns and options for facemask. Out of these, after discussion over dimensions, the design for production was finalized.
With the help of NGO SWECHA, 4 more team members joined this project and the production scaled up to 600 masks per day collectively – all handmade and of good quality fabric.
The stitched masks are washed, ironed and packed at the Satsang Foundation campus with utmost care.
The first consignment was handed over to the Madanapalle Municipal Commissioner for their 350 sanitation workers who are the lifeline of the small town of Madanapalle. It was very well received and appreciated.
All the staff members of the Satsang Foundation living in the nearby villages have also been handed over the masks for their safety and for the safety of their families.
Each person is to be given a set of 3 masks so that they can be washed and reused.
The next distribution phase is slated for the local police, vegetable vendors and the delivery boys of various supermarkets, who risk their lives every day in order to keep us going.
The Satsang Foundation team, located in the small town of Madanapalle is grateful for this opportunity, is driven by compassion and a silent prayer that every wearer is protected by the care and love stitched together in the form of a mask.
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