Why is it that the most vulnerable are often, if not always, left as a last priority in a time of crisis? Have you noticed that?
Things have not been any different during this COVID-19 pandemic period. As mentioned in last weeks blog, the stringent measures come with a pinch of privilege. With social distancing, for instance, you need to have at least adequate space and a population whose movement you can regulate. For the stay at home orders, one needs to have sufficient income or savings to ensure they have a roof over their head and food on their table.
The reality however, is that many Kenyans live in relatively small spaces where practicing social distance is close to impossible. This therefore places importance to the access and use of protective gear and sanitary supplies. Over the last three months many groups and organizations have come together to raise funds on M-Changa in a bid to help in the provision of water stations, food, sanitizers and masks.
Today, we will highlight the work of a family providing masks for the less fortunate and front-line service members to ensure they are fully protected. Through their initiative, Tasks for Masks, they are ensuring that the vulnerable are Put First!
Alisha, her aunt and cousin came up with the idea of producing and donating masks to families and people living in informal settlements. With KES 300,000 , raised by family members, they set out to begin the work. The two layered, cotton, washable, reusable and government approved masks would help reduce the spread of the Covid-19 virus and also give families the comfort of knowing that they are not spreading the virus to each other.
In a bid to ensure that more families are reached, the trio opened the Tasks for Masks fundraiser on M-Changa where they have now raised KES 1,034,781. These funds have enabled them provide thousands of free masks to orphanages, old age homes, organizations working in the slums and front-line rural clinics. They have also partnered with organizations providing other forms of aid by ensuring a free mask is given as well.
Don’t you want to join team #TasksforMasks in ensuring more vulnerable people and groups get the free, high quality masks? Send your donation to PAY BILL: 891300 ACCOUNT NO: 39698. You can also make a Visa, MasterCard or PayPal donation through this link; donation link.
To start your own fundraiser, click on this linkor dial *483*57# .
M-Changa is a Kenyan online and mobile fundraising platform that was launched in 2012 to make fundraising more convenient, more efficient and more secure than the traditional Harambee. To date, over 50,000 fundraisers have raised millions of dollars from over 650,000 contributors.