Keeping frontliners protected

Single mothers and low-income women sewing woven bags of different sizes at YPKDT’s Johor Baru Centre of Suri in Jalan Petri, Johor Baru.

JOHOR BARU: A group of single mothers and women from low-income families are lending a hand in making 1,500 personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical frontliners involved in the nation’s battle against Covid-19.

The project is part of Johor’s Darul Ta’zim Family Development Foundation (YPKDT) PPE sewing project, initially called the creative sewing programme.

YPKDT chief executive officer Nurul Naqiah Fadzil said the foundation decided to change the direction of the sewing programme because of the recent spike in Covid-19 cases.

She said seven single mothers and low-income women registered with the state agency were involved in the production of the PPE and the project also received support from the Johor Health Department.

“For this project, we brought the participants on factory visits to see how the items were made to get a more hands-on learning experience.

“The finished product will be handed over to Hospital Sultanah Aminah here to be distributed accordingly.

“This project is also backed by the state government and if need be, YPKDT is ready to assist by producing more PPE to contribute to the frontliners especially in Johor, ” she told StarMetro.

She said the programme, which began on Sept 17, was expected to produce 1,500 PPE by the end of November.

“This project is our small gesture of contributing some essential equipment to our medical frontliners, who are tirelessly fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Other than PPE, the participants will also be sewing woven bags of various sizes which will be distributed to school students in the future.

“The sewing project falls under our ‘Kursus Inspirasi Usahawan Berfokus’ initiative, which also aims to provide upskilling courses in marketing, packaging, labelling and cost determination, among others, to at least 100 women, ” she elaborated.

The courses would be implemented by zones throughout the state, she said, adding that YPKDT was also collaborating with Majlis Amanah Rakyat, Perbadanan Usahawan Johor Sdn Bhd and Kumpulan Pendidikan Yayasan Pelajaran Johor for the effort.

Nurul Naqiah said the foundation had planned a series of programmes for 2021 focusing on four locations, namely Johor Baru, Segamat, Kluang and Batu Pahat.

“The programmes will be under our Centre of Suri initiative, involving women non-governmental organisations, activity centres and single mothers, to provide a more focused and beneficial experience to improve the women’s lives, ” she said.

YPKDT is a Johor state agency tasked to draft and plan programmes aimed at increasing the public’s awareness of parenting, parent-children communication and improving the family institution to cut down on social issues in the state.

It has branch offices in each of the state’s 10 districts and its headquarters is located at Bangunan Dato’ Muhamad Ibrahim Munsyi in Kota Iskandar, Iskandar Puteri.

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