FEEL—the Foundation for the Enhancement and Enrichment of Life—has received a donation of ten thousand (10,000) locally manufactured, reusable, cloth masks from the Syrian-Lebanese Women’s Association (SLWA).

FEEL has confirmed receiving the donation in a news release.

It comes following announcement by the Minister of Health on Wednesday 8th April, that FEEL would be the coordinating agency for the cloth masks to be distributed to the national community.

The donation—the first package—was presented to FEEL’s CEO Elena Villafana-Sylvester on Wednesday by SLWA’s Joanna Mouttet. There to witness the handover was Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh, and Sarah Costello-Inglefield representing Janouras Limited.

The SWLA says two weeks ago, the organisation took notice of the growing need for cloth masks to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and offered a donation of cloth masks to the Ministry of Health. Janouras Limited donated and cut all the fabric for the 10,000 masks, whilst Fakoory’s Limited donated rolls of elastic. Members and friends of the Association volunteered to stitch and assemble the masks, in accordance with guidelines issued by the Centre for Disease Control (CDC).

Applauding the fact that citizens are heeding the requirement to wear a mask when outdoors, FEEL says its Phase One distribution kicks off this weekend with fifteen thousand (15,000) cloth masks.  As production ramps up, FEEL intends to distribute cloth masks to more parts of the country, in the days and weeks ahead.

FEEL says there is an opportunity for interested citizens to contribute to the project by making reusable cloth masks.

Earlier this week, NIPDEC invited interested individuals, sole traders and firms to submit offers for the local manufacturing and supply of cloth face masks, in accordance with CDC Guidelines.

The deadline for proposals to be submitted is Friday 24th April 2020.

For further information on the distribution of cloth face masks, contact FEEL at [email protected]