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They say that the only cure against coronavirus is solidarity. If so, in this terrible contention, women missionaries make us run with advantage. Misiones is historically a solidarity province. Women and men, many immigrants, have moved forward this region on the basis of mutual aid. Good and bad. Now, the coronavirus once again tests the missionary solidarity spirit. This time, it was the women who showed how solidarity always starts at home first.
Villa Lanús Women's Correctional Center is located in Villa Lanús, 5 kilometres from the city of Posadas. There, inmates of the women's prison make more than 500 solidarity barbijos per day . They do this in the middle of the activities they carry out within the Laborterapia Sewing Workshop. After having specially trained for this, the inmates join in the fight against COVID-19 . The barbijos are distributed in prison units throughout the province and annexes. For both prison staff and the penal population.
Currently, about 15 women work in the sewing workshop respecting the protocols indicated by the specialists. A very difficult task, taking into account the limited space available. However, the inmates of the Misiones Penal take the first solidarity goal.
In Colonia Aurora, a town in the province of Misiones, it all started with 3 women. Maria Levis proposed to make chiskers to two of her neighbors, Delia Endler and Lucia Lorenzon. “They automatically told me yes and, with what little we have at home, we are doing, with the help of our children. A short family and the others made,” said Maria.
In order to carry out solidarity action, women were informed about how to create beards. “ We read and watched tutorials online. The first thing to consider is which fabric is ideal. Fiseline or tnt . A water test is done to verify that it does not cross the fabric and we started to make”, added Maria. Colonia Aurora's wife works in the farm and in her spare time designs masks.
The ready-made barbijos are sent to Colonia Aurora Hospital and the Gendarmerie Squadron. They are also donated to grandparents and people at greatest risk.
The coronavirus continues to recede in the face of the thrust of women missionaries. Maria Levis has a daughter in Posadas who is a gardener teacher, is pregnant and quarantined. “In order not to be bored, I told him our initiative and he joined. She donated the barbijos to employees of the Aguas de Misiones service (Samsa),” said the neighbor of Aurora. And, as solidarity also becomes contagious, Mary invited her niece to join the project. In Santo Pipó, his niece works in a yerba mate company. “They are cutting out the eco-friendly bags and manufacturing for employees. It is beautiful that we can help and to become aware that we can from the house,” concluded the missionary.
Publication Date: 27/03/2020
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