Like many people, we are concerned with the shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline workers. We asked ourselves what we can do as individuals, as an organization and as a bi-continental team to contribute in this moment of uncertainty. We felt a heightened need for solidarity and action.
Our in-house production team is based in Saigon. Our studio consists of a small, but robust group of highly-skilled individuals and problem-solvers dedicated to their craft who cut, sew and handstitch each and every one of our pieces.
The masks are made the Kaarem way - attention to construction, sustainability (remnant fabric is used) and handcrafted quality.
At the end of March, our first batch of masks arrived in New York from Saigon and were donated to frontline workers, friends and family. After sharing the story of our initial project online, we were flooded by requests from our community to help us in this effort.
We’re continuing to produce masks to donate. If you would like to take part, below are some ways you can help support our effort in providing masks for those in need.
1. Make your own mask - We've made a tutorial for you on how you can make your own mask without a sewing machine, using commonly found fabric in your home.
2. Buy a Mask - Your purchase will help us to continue to run our production studio in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
3. Donate a Bundle of Masks - If you would like to help us donate even more to healthcare workers, you can purchase a bundle of masks by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. It would directly support our efforts to donate non-medical masks that will be sent to healthcare workers through the Masks for Heroes program or you can specify which essential organization you would like to send the masks to.