#Task4Mask (Help Us Make Home-made Masks to Make India Coronavirus Free)
An unprecedented crisis took the world by storm, forcing people to lockdown in their own homes. While the government and administration are doing everything they can, to minimize its effect on the population and contain the pandemic, around 300 Million of Indian population survive hand to mouth during the best of times. The migrant laborers in different parts of the country are stranded and out of work, while the demand for masks increased as the government has made masks for everyone, mandatory. In times like these, the citizens are coming together and pitching in everything they can.
Sewa International Uttarakhand has been working to deliver essential food supplies and sensitizing people about maintaining physical distance and hygiene. The slums are the most vulnerable to local transmission of the virus and are struggling for their two meals during this nation-wide lockdown, we are distributing food relief packets to those living in slums of Dehradun.
The very essence of our Self Help Groups in Uttarakhand is about the stories of these women, fighting the crisis that appeared in the face of the disaster of 2013. The cumulative strength of SHGs has come forward to help people with masks and sanitizers since the lockdown was first announced on 21st March, to help the migrant workers from Nepal and Bihar, working in Uttarakhand, get essential commodities to get through this time. Around 50 women from our Self Help Groups in Chamoli & Rudraprayag districts are making masks for the government and essential service providers. The very essence of our SHGs is that they come forward in times of crisis, to provide their service to the community.
Masks play a vital role in containing the pandemic to the maximum extent, and India is currently experiencing a shortage of medical equipment that can help in bringing down the number of infected people. While the government has made masks mandatory, the women from our SHGs are already on the task to prepare them, while keeping the guidelines in mind. The masks are made from cotton or cotton-blend material, considering the guidelines provided by OPSA as they prevent contaminated droplets from asymptomatic people. These are reasons enough for our community to gear up and prepare for the war ahead, and the women are the frontline warriors in it. Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state is majorly dependent upon its tourism season for income generation, from travel to the hotel sector; people are out of work this year due to the coronavirus lockdown. Coming from families, dependent upon daily wages as their primary source of income, these women are working 8 hours a day to make a living as well. For every mask sold, the help is going to one of the families of these women and a worker from the textile sector as well.
‘Task4Mask’ is the campaign to promote these women and raise funds for their daily wages, to make this unit self-sustaining. A worker can produce an average of 40-50 masks per day and can help support their families as well, as many of their families are dependent on daily wages. A minimum daily wage for these women is raised through this campaign, to support those who support the nation in catastrophic times.
Sewa International's humble appeal to its supporters world-wide is to come forward and help support our endeavor to produce home-made masks by supporting our campaign,Task4Mask.
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