Lagos, Nigeria – My World of Bags, in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, has distributed over 2.5 million free personal protective equipment (PPE) to 334 schools, 1,076 hospitals and 158 NGOs in 10 states from Nigeria via the SafeUp project.
Since October 2020, when production and distribution started, the initiative has led to the creation of 276 jobs along the production value chain with an 80% increase in female employment in these posts.
The SafeUp project is being carried out as part of the Mastercard Foundation’s COVID-19 recovery and resilience program, which aims to provide emergency support to health workers, first responders and students and strengthen the various institutions that constitute the first line of defense against the social and economic consequences of the pandemic.
Speaking on the benefits of the initiative, Rolake Fadairo, Founder of Cute Cuts, said: âWorking with the SafeUp project has improved the skills and capabilities of staff, as well as the purchase of production machinery. essential. Through this project, I have been able to acquire key management skills which have led to greater business efficiency, âshe said.
One of the program participants, Ms. Ogunremi from Fajuyi Primary Health Center, explained that the speed of the initiative meant that PPE was available when it was needed most. âThe PPE we received gave us protection against the coronavirus during essential surgeries and arrived at the perfect time as none were available at that time,â she said.
âThe Mastercard Foundation’s COVID -19 Recovery and Resilience Program aims to ensure our communities are protected from the pandemic, which has affected many communities across the country. Our partnership with Project SafeUp has helped reduce the adverse effects COVID 19 with the production and distribution of PPE so people can return to work and businesses, âsaid Chidinma Lawanson Country Head, Mastercard Foundation.
In her own remarks on the initiative, Femi Olayebi, Project Director and Founder of My World of Bags, noted that the organization is happy to be a critical part of the solution during the pandemic through the partnered SafeUp project. with the Mastercard Foundation.
âOver the past 6 months, our team has worked tirelessly to reach as many Nigerians as possible across the country. Every item of PPE has been manufactured using the highest quality materials and with the utmost care and detail. by hundreds of hands that we have had the privilege of taking responsibility through this project, âhe said.
About My Bag World
My World of Bags (MWOB) is a corporate bag design and accessory manufacturing company, and the parent company of Femi Handbags, a bespoke line of handbags and leather accessories. Founded in 1992 by Femi Olayebi, the company designs and produces a dynamic range of products for businesses and individuals.
About the project SafeUp
My World of Bags, in partnership with the MasterCard Foundation, launched ProjectSafeUp, an initiative that has produced and distributed over 2.5 million items of PPE – masks, face shields, gowns, scrubs, shoe covers and covers -chiefs – free of charge. The initiative aims to distribute these items to health workers and the public in a number of southwestern states and beyond over the next four months.
About the Mastercard Foundation
The Mastercard Foundation works with visionary organizations to enable young people in Africa and indigenous communities in Canada to access dignified and fulfilling work. It is one of the largest private foundations in the world whose mission is to advance learning and promote financial inclusion to create an inclusive and equitable world. The Foundation was established by Mastercard in 2006 as an independent organization with its own board of directors and management. For more information about the Foundation, please visit: www.mastercardfdn.org
About the Mastercard Foundation’s COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Program
The Mastercard Foundation’s COVID-19 recovery and resilience program has two main goals. First, provide emergency support to health workers, first responders and students. Second, to strengthen the various institutions that constitute the first line of defense against the social and economic consequences of this disease. These include universities, financial service providers, businesses, tech start-ups, incubators, government agencies, youth organizations, and non-governmental organizations.
To learn more about the Mastercard Foundation’s COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Program, please visit https://mastercardfdn.org/covid19-recovery-resilience-program/
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Adetoun Ademuyiwa (Operations Manager, My World of Bags)
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