Following the recommendation to wear a mask in public places, fashion designer Garita decided to join the Lifting Hands Foundation to make mouth covers for people in vulnerable conditions, mostly unemployed due to the national emergency due to Covid-19. 270 masks were made with love and are preventing the spread of SARS-CoV-2 produced by Covid-19 by the community of Bajo de Los Anonos and other areas of the country.
“I wanted to do something for their safety and that of others, some have to work or go out. I designed the pattern and we used the cloth pieces from the NGO, with recommended fabric for the masks, ”said Garita.
Garita is a volunteer as a sewing teacher at Lifting Hands and her affection for the beneficiaries encouraged the entire development of the masks for a month. In addition, she indicated that each of the masks was passed through "quality control" to guarantee their effectiveness and the safety of the community.
“I did the test to blow the candle, the aerosol… the particles did not pass. It worked with one layer, all the masks were effective, "said the volunteer.
The suggestion was made by the Minister of Health, Dr. Salas, since last May 11; However, by June 22, it became a request to the entire population that uses public transport, those who visit health centers, prisons, banks and also for those who serve the public, among others. This personal protection utensil is in high demand worldwide; however, not all Costa Rican citizens have the economic possibility of acquiring reusable or disposable masks or masks.
“The use of masks is not inclusive. For a person living in economic poverty, it could mean having to choose between buying rice or a mask.
The 270 masks are reusable and also, from the foundation, they explained to the beneficiaries about the purpose and the correct use of them.
Garita started as a volunteer in the NGO more than five years ago. She taught tutoring in French, English, recycled art and then went to Spain to study a master's degree in fashion design. When she returned, she wanted to contribute as a sewing teacher, which has been highly exploited by the mothers of Lifting Hands, who seek to undertake with what they have learned.