Our Partner in Sierra Leone is Making Reusable Face Masks for Thousands to Help Contain Virus

Our Partner in Sierra Leone is Making Reusable Face Masks for Thousands to Help Contain Virus

Among our newest partners is the Rural Youth Development Organization Sierra Leone (RYDO-SL) which has been serving impoverished communities in the Bumpe Ngao Chiefdom of the Bo District in the country, including operating a health clinic and pharmacy in the village of Mokoba where medical care is drastically needed.

This spring, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, RYDO-SL program manager Joseph Ngoniyela Kobba contacted us with a request for face masks to protect staff and patients at the clinic, as well as for those in the local communities RYDO-SL serves.

However, instead of simply providing RYDO-SL with thousands of single-use face masks which would be discarded, we decided to go one better.

Thanks to our supporters, we were able to provide grant funding to RYDO-SL to purchase enough fabric and sewing machines to enable local tailors to generate income for themselves by making the 3,000 face masks to be distributed to RYDO-SL medical staff and vulnerable members of the community.