CARE Kashmir International (CKI) has distributed 70,000 surgical masks among the people in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID 19 in the valley.
On 28th and 30th of July, CKI) initiated “Mask Wearing Movement” in city of Srinagar in collaboration with the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry, The Kashmir Monitor, The Kashmir Hotels & Restaurants Owners Federation (KHAROF), Travel Agents Association of Kashmir, Travel Agents Association of India (Kashmir Chapter), Travel Agents Society of Kashmir, Tourist Trade Interest Guild, Pilgrim and Leisure Tour Operators Forum, Jammu Kashmir Tourism Alliance, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Kashmir, Beopar Mandal, Association of Kashmir Tour Operators, J&K Private School Association, Moral Education Environment and Relief Committee, Kashmir Hoteliers and Restaurants Association, J&K Chemists and Druggists Association, Srinagar Chemists & Distributors Association, SAAYA (NGO), Hoteliers Club, Dalgate Traders Association, Kashmir Houseboat Owners Association, Nageen Tourist Traders Association, Kashmir Welfare Trust,
During these two days, approximately 70,000 number of surgical masks were freely provided to people who were not wearing masks or who wanted to replace their masks. The organisations had opened 30 number of centres in the City covering almost 3/4th area within Corporation limits including Rajbagh, Jawahar Nagar, Barzulla, Brein, Nishat, Boulevard, Nehru Park, G B Pant Hospital, Karan Nagar, Bohri Kadal, Alamgari Bazaar, Eidgah, Khayam Chowk, Nowshera and Hawal . and other places.
CKI records it’s gratitude to all the organisations whose members voluntarily for hours together stood at their centres and provided free masks to children, women, old and young.
The masks were arranged by the organisations from their own internal resources. The programme was not funded by anyone.
The civil society is also urged to provide spare surgical masks to auto, sumo and other public transport drivers and also to keep spare surgical masks in our own vehicles for giving to people on road not wearing the masks. It would save our people from their worry and anxiety in these trying times.
The organisations assure the people that they have not been forgotten and that help will be extended, to the extent possible, as and when situation so demands.
CKI appeals all other social organisations and civil societies of the Valley to come forward and urge people to follow three steps aforesaid and to carry out such programmes within their respective areas.