Shwapno super shop will sell face masks manufactured by specially-abled individuals under 'Amra Shikhi, Amra Pari'—a joint project by Prerona Foundation and PFDA Vocational Training Center.
In this regard, Prerona Foundation has signed an agreement with Shwapno on September 30, at the Prerona Foundation head office in the capital's Mohakhali area, read a press release on Thursday.
The surgical and fabric masks made by the trainees follow all the safety guidelines provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) and meet all the parameters set by Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) in Bangladesh, read the press statement.
Coming at a price range of BDT220 to BDT300, the unique fabric masks are washable and reusable up to 20 times.
Amra Shikhi, Amra Pari is an initiative for the specially-abled members of the society, which aims to provide training facilities to help them become employed, financially solvent, and also overcome social stigmas.
"Prerona Foundation is proud to be able to extend its hands to the specially-abled people of our society, right when they need it the most. We are especially thankful to Shwapno for partnering with us in this initiative," said Anowarul Amin after the MoU signing ceremony.
Sabbir Hasan Nasir, executive director of ACI Logistics Ltd said Shwapno is the first retail chain in the country to provide employment opportunities in its outlets to the specially-abled individuals. Hence, we will continue to support these individuals in showcasing their handmade facemasks.
Dr AM Pervez Rahim, chief coordinator (joint secretary) of Autism & NDD cell at Ministry of Health & Family Welfare; Mustafiz Shafi, editor of The Daily Samakal; Mubina Asaf, director at the governing body of Prerona Foundation; Sajida Rahman Danny, founder chairman of PFDA-Vocational Training Center; Khalid Hussain, business head of commodity and GM of ACI Logistics Ltd; Anowarul Amin, chief executive officer (CEO); and Tasneem Tayeb, Manager of Partnerships and Communications at Prerona Foundation were present at the MoU signing ceremony along with other higher officials from all the organisations. Besides, Sabbir Hasan Nasir, executive director at ACI Logistics Ltd was connected online.