The production of handmade masks is an initiative of the community project Xalabas di Kumunidadi, co-financed by the European Union and developed by the Cape Verdean associations Africa 70 and Pilorinhu in the neighborhood of Achada Grande Frente.
Accustomed to several projects, and lasting, the Pilorinhu Association was forced to postpone or cancel its activities because of the restrictions imposed by the new coronavirus, but in late April it adapted and started to produce masks in its sewing laboratory.
Beginning on April 21, the two seamstresses, with the support of others, produce an average of about 40 masks a day, according to the coordinator, to whom until now “hundreds” of personal protective equipment have been made and delivered. recommended and in some cases mandatory in Cape Verde.
The masks of the Xalabas project are made of cotton, washable and reusable, with two layers of fabric, pocket for replaceable filter placement and adjustment for the nose.
The goal is to offer half the equipment to the most deprived people and families in the Achada Grande Frente neighborhood, the first for those who arrive in Praia via the ‘Nelson Mandela’ International Airport, and which faces several social problems.