This webpage is for those of us in the Mask Tribe...many of us are beginning to reopen our lives to one another while maintaining the preventive strategies that have kept us well.
These masks, made here in Albany, Oregon, are available on a donation basis to raise money for intervention in the Nhimbe for Progress villages, and beyond, as Covid-19 unfolds in the Mhondoro area. Winter is not far off in the southern hemisphere (Zimbabwe is leaving autumn). Temps are beginning to drop - climate has been shown to affect the spread of the virus. Please see the CHANGE! Project details for more information about our program. Thank you!
You may choose one or more masks, (made in Albany) and your donation directly supports the Change! Project, Nhimbe's Covid-19 intervention!
FABRICS and LINING of the MASKS
All of the fabric used in these masks has been donated by friends of Ancient Ways and is from Africa. Thank you to all who generously have given us fabric to get started on this! All of the time to make these masks is being donated too!
Thank you for your help with our efforts to make a difference in Zimbabwe!
- The fabric has been pre-washed.
- The charts below show which fabrics are available.
- Three of the fabrics are lighter and so have interfacing inside. These are noted on the charts below - #s 9, 11, and 14)
- Any mask can be made with interfacing added to the existing two layers of fabric. Just ask. If you feel you need more protection due to more exposure, ask for interfacing. Otherwise, my experience has been that it makes it harder to be heard when speaking, and has less normal airflow when doing something very active (e.g. playing music or walking).
- ALL LININGS (i.e. inside of masks) ARE NOW BEING MADE WITH A COMPLEMENTARY COLOR OF FABRIC FROM U.S. (i.e. you can always tell which side you've been wearing out).
HOW DO I ORDER?
Please note this is not fancy software but just a list of masks available (Click for PAGE 1 and PAGE 2 and PAGE 3). Write down the code and PLEASE CHECK CURRENT INVENTORY. The pictures shown are pieces which have been cut out for the fitted mask style.
MASKS CAN BE ORDERED IN ONE OF TWO WAYS:
1. Check/snail mail and 2.Credit card/PayPal
In each case, you will order the masks you desire with the number and code, as well as the style you choose - pleated or fitted, and if you want interfacing.
1. By check and snail mail. Look at the masks available on Page 1, Page 2, and Page 3 (above) and select your mask(s). Include a) the code b) the quantity c) pleated or fitted d) request interfacing if wanted. Also include your phone or email if we don't have it, in case of questions.
2. If using PayPal or your credit card: Look at the masks available on Page 1, Page 2, and Page 3 (above) and select your mask(s). Note a) the code b) the quantity c) style as pleated or fitted d) request interfacing if wanted. Go to the CHANGE! Project page and put your choices in the description under Greatest Need (Special Message) at the bottom of that page. Enter the code, quantity, style, and if interfacing needed.
RECEIVING THE MASK
- These masks will likely be mailed from Scio or Albany, and so please consider the package and mailing costs when making your donation. Consider the mail delays we have been experiencing, as well as that these are made-to-order masks.
- Masks can also be picked up in Scio or Albany by calling 541-259-4673.
Now, lets take a look at what the villagers are doing there in Mhondoro, to make their world safer. These women are sewing masks to be able to give 1-2 to each family in Nhimbe. Gathering together in the Nhimbe Community Center Multi-Purpose hut, they have made 286 as of 5/14/20 and expect to have 410 by 5/18/20. We thought ahead and bought fabric in March., and now the fabric stores are still in lock down and therefore closed in Harare.
When the women in the village gather for a sewing project or any project they do together, there is usually much laughter and gaiety. You can see from this video that although many masks have been sewn, the mood is somber and quiet, quite unusual and touching to me.
Thank you for your continued
and amazing support!