Amidst the battle against COVID-19 and the lock down imposed to mitigate the spread of the disease, the students at Vogue Institute of Art and Design volunteer to make masks for those who are working for the community. There is a need for every citizen to have access to masks, sanitary products and necessities. While all the students are adapting to virtual learning and social distancing, students like Nikita Kesari, Sundeep Rajan, and Hrutvik Rajhans proactively supported the community in their best capacity.
The students were motivated to address the immediate need for face masks with domestically made masks that were simple yet effective. The faculty suggested the students to work on stitch-less mask designs. The young volunteers came forward and took the initiative to make 1500 masks for shopkeepers, fruits and vegetable vendors, community workers and people who could not afford masks as they were at high risk. The masks were made with the use of cotton and rayon fabrics. The students also extended support to the poor, elderly and blind by supplying daily necessities and food. While executing this, the students took the support of local authorities and policemen to distribute the masks. The students took all safety measures while executing this activity. They ensured to wear masks and surgical gloves, maintained distance, and washed their hands regularly.
Hrutvik Rajhans, B.Sc Fashion and Apparel Design Department student said, “While shopping for groceries, I saw many people without masks. Some of them were just wearing a muffler around their face. That’s when I decided to start making masks using cotton fabric that was available at home. My parents and faculty were supportive of my decision and we distributed the masks to people in our society, shopkeeper vendors and community workers.”