Alexandra women are fighting Covid-19 by making masks for their community

Alexandra women are fighting Covid-19 by making masks for their community

- A group of women in Alexandra are helping their community and earning an income

- They will be sewing masks that will be donated to the residents of Alexandra

- The initiative part of a partnership between the women and Youth Employment Service and Exemplar REITail

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A group of women have gotten together to give back to their community of Alexandra and earn an income for their families.

Youth Employment Service and Exemplar REITail are aiming to slow the spread of Covid-19 and have partnered with the women to make 20 000 masks for vulnerable communities.

Briefly.co.za learned that the Alex seamstresses will earn an income by making the masks with the medical-grade cotton being supplied to them, including instructions and the pattern.

With the 50m of cotton, a pair of scissors and a sewing machine, the women will sew over 1000 masks each.

Exemplar will buy the masks back from the women and distribute them back to the community.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize recommended that South Africans begin wearing face masks to slow the spread of the disease according to News24.

The 20 000 masks are expected to be ready by mid-April and the campaign is being supported through crowdfunding.

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In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Sipho Majola, 59, has supported himself and his wife by picking waste for the past 5 years. When the lockdown was announced and the selling points closed, he did not know how he and his wife would survive.

“When I heard about the lockdown and how our selling points would be closed for 21 days (since extended to end April), my eyes filled with tears, wondering what my wife and I would eat,” he says.

Briefly.co.za learned that he and his wife live in an old railway house near the Benoni train station. He came to Gauteng 20 years ago but wasn't able to find stable employment. He eventually turned to waste picking to survive.

“If many people offer help to waste pickers during this difficult time of the coronavirus, South Africa will be a better place,” says waste picker

A family offered to him and his wife food every week until the lockdown ended and other residents said that they would keep their waste aside for him to collect.

“Suddenly my tears turned into joy. If it wasn’t for the well-wishers l don’t know what my wife and I would eat.”

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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