Branches of a local NGO (“Proliska") in Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts received sewing machines and materials to produce safety masks which will later be handed over to local state and non-government bodies

In November 2020, as part of the Covid-19 response, GIZ handed over 23 sewing machines to activists in eastern Ukraine. The machines are used for the speedy production of face masks.

“There’s no pharmacy in our village. This opportunity to create safety masks on our own is a huge support for our village”, says Svitlana Chernysh, an activist from Herasymivka village in eastern Ukraine.

In November 2020, as part of the Covid-19 response, GIZ handed over 23 sewing machines to activists in eastern Ukraine. The machines are used for the speedy production of face masks.

Together with the machines, they also received almost 6000 meters of fabric and 30,000 meters of elastic cord. Thanks to those materials, the activists have produced nearly 50,000 safety masks by late 2020.

The masks will be handed over to more than 100 social institutions population of Kurdiumivka, Ozarianivka, Balhmutivka, Klischiivka, Troitske, Raigorodske, Popasna city, and others will be able to use the masks and safely go to a hospital or run errands.

Another positive effect of this support is that the locals got closer together to jointly produce full face masks”, adds Halyna Hrebeniuk, an activist from the village of Artema (eastern Ukraine).

 After the sewing machines have been used by the activists, they will be distributed to 13 state and non-state entities so that the local population can continue to use them and benefit from them for many years.  For example, 1 sewing machine will remain with the Bakhmutivka village council, Holy Intercession Parish of Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Mariinka district) will get 3 and NGO “Katerynivka" (Luhansk oblast) 5 sewing machines.

This sustainable support is the main goal for all GIZ projects.