As we battle the pandemic, there are some workers on the frontlines battling it even more closely. Reports have been flying around the place looking into the state of hospitals - there has been a lack of protective gear for doctors and hospital workers.
Face shields are personal protective equipment devices that are used by many workers including medical, dental, veterinary for protection of the facial area, and open orifices like the eyes, nose, and mouth from splashes, sprays, and spatter of body fluids.
For front line workers, face shields could serve to be even more useful than face masks and thanks to Project SKAR, it may just happen.
Project Skar is an initiative that is led by 4 students from India, Canada, and the USA - Sarabjyot Chawla, Karamjyot Chawla, Avneesh Bhargava, and Rishika Bhargava (SKAR). Their aim is to raise enough funds to provide face-shields to those working on the front lines of this pandemic.
Their campaign titled “Kuch Kuch Corona” is looking at a math defying strategy - 1+1=3. As odd as it may sound, it simply means that when you pay for 1 face shield - you’re paying for three instead. Here’s how that works, Project Skar is sourcing the face shields at cost and so they pay only half of MRP, which means for every shield purchased at MRP they get two.
Adding to that, Dolsun Jewels and Avi Global Plast Private Limited - their biggest supporters - will also contribute one shield for every shield sponsored, which gives you 1+1=3.
Not only are they donating these masks to medical professionals and hospitals like Nair Hospital, but also to essential workers who are at the front line of this pandemic. Grocery vendors, restaurants, shopkeepers, watchmen, bus drivers, policemen, and many others.
They have distributed more than 1000 shields so far and aim to do as many more as possible. Currently, they are working to distribute these face shields in Mumbai. If you want to be a part of their mission, you can support them here. For every Rs 100 raised, Project SKAR will put out three face shields for the front-line workers.