BanglaHunt Desk: Everyone is helping Corona fight in one way or another. According to experts, coronary infections can be avoided by applying a mask. In such a situation, the women of the village are distributing free masks to the people working in the brick kiln.
Following the government's advice on the use of cloth masks, it was a challenging task for India to buy face masks for the rural horse breeding community, especially due to its scarcity. Brooke India, along with the Asylum Welfare Association, took immediate steps to manage the situation and sought out partner NGOs and community-based organizations from the 10 states involved and contacted the Federation. Handmade facemasks have emerged as one of the best low-cost solutions to deal with the Carona virus epidemic crisis.
On March 30, 2020, the Government of India issued a manual on handmade masks that facilitated the work of Brooke India. This information was easily conveyed to our community-based organizations through Brooke India Field Assistants and NGO support organizations.
Brooke India connected our women’s welfare teams through video calls and gave them basic subtle training in making cloth facemasks. Fabrics for facemasks were purchased locally, cleaned after production, and sold later.
The 19-year-old Ashwak Palak Group took up the task of making cloth masks for the poor and needy communities in the Brook India Operating Area, especially those working in the brick kilns. On April 4, 2020, the Ministry of Rural Development of the Government of India, through its advisors, positively emphasized the initiative, where they hired the State Rural Livelihoods Mission (SRLM) by a self-help group (SHG) to make a mask. Given instructions.
Shalini, who is associated with the group in Fatehpur district of Uttar Pradesh, said, “We have tried our best to protect everyone from the group from corona infection. So we trained and made masks and distributed them to the families attached to this group. ”
In Fatehpur district, 20 women members of Kali Mata, Devmai and Shanti Ashwak Palak working groups have made single and three tier cotton face masks and distributed them free of cost among brick kiln workers and horse owners in the area. In Banda district, “Shankar”, a women's horse breeding work group with 42 female members, has joined the group and created 950 double and triple layer cotton masks for free distribution.
In Maharashtra, 4 Ashwak Palak groups sold 360 masks in local drug stores and 600 “Rahata and Sriram” masks were distributed free of cost to the Ashwak Palak community in the village. Shaya Yadav of Mahila Savings Group said, “The Brook India team has been providing us with information from time to time so that we can make others aware.”
Gazipur's “Saheli” Ashwa Palak Working Group initially designed 50 masks for its family and later sold 200 masks in the nearby market. Roshni Ashwa Palak Working Group from Fatehpur district has earned Tk 590 by selling 198 masks. In addition, the Women's Horse Parents Working Group in Farrukhabad has also received an official order to sew a face mask made of cloth.
During the corona virus epidemic crisis, the female horse pastor working group has made its debut as Corona Fighter. Not only did they help to provide affordable masks to a large population, but they also took advantage of this opportunity to earn extra income during the lockout period.
Together with partner NGOs, the Brook India team continues to encourage more women horse breeding action groups to create face masks and assist in marketing and distribution.