As the cases of COVID19 are slowly increasing but yet steadily catching up in Madagascar, there are many challenges faced by the underprivileged communities in Nosy Be, Madagascar. Main concerns in the community are,
- lack of awareness about the virus and its symptoms,
- lack of awareness on taking precautions,
- lack of finance with local people and unable to procure these masks, &
- lack of skills to prepare the masks.
The Green Lion Madagascar team along with the manager Dino made a joint effort along with the local community in Nosy Be to give the people a fighting chance to survive the pandemic. We started with collaborating with the local tailors to stitch hygienic face masks. Then we purchased the masks from the designated and trained tailors. In the beginning, 100 reusable face masks were stitched and they were distributed for free at the schools which especially educate marginalized children.