We are living in unprecedent times. The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way we live. But it is also changing the way we look at each other, giving us the opportunity to be fraternal and help those in need.

Maintaining good hand and respiratory hygiene are very important personal practices that help reduce the risk of infection or spreading it to others. The number one recommendation from any government and medical organization is to wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, and if soap and water aren’t available, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.

In the South of the Island of Madagascar water is rare and expensive, families are living in extreme poverty, people are suffering from hunger and thirst, and no one practice the minimum hygiene care. The number one practice to prevent Covid-19 will hardly be followed by the population. 

To help the spread of the disease, we managed to produce masks for the families in the City of Fraternity, and those working for Fraternity Without Borders in Madagascar. But we do not want to stop there.

This campaign aims to help 2 causes at once. With your help, we will empower the women of the City of Fraternity who make their living out of sewing, and at the same time donate masks to the Ambovombe City hospital. The seamstresses will produce and be rewarded for their work.

Each mask costs less than CAN$ 1,00, including materials and salaries for the women who will produce them. 

Watch what Arimila Carvalho Milanez, a volunteer living in Madagascar and coordinator of the sewing project, and Mamy Fanomezantsoa, translator and assistant at FWB report from the City of Fraternity.

 

You can support this initiative by donating below or sharing this initiative with your friends and family.