Residents have come together (at a safe distance) to aid 250 refugee women and girls during the Movement Control Order. Over 500 reusable sanitary pads were delivered via Express Post to vulnerable refugees identified by the Rohingya Society in Malaysia (RSM), the Somali Refugee Centre (SRC) and members of the public.
"The need for sanitary pads is even greater during this crisis because we know that refugees don’t have enough money to stock up on pads and this is further exacerbated by the fact that they now cannot leave their homes and have lost their income."
"This COVID-19 pandemic affects everyone, regardless of their nationality and gender. Refugees are especially vulnerable because they don’t have rights to work and cannot move around as freely. Limited access to menstrual hygiene products is not just a female problem, it is every family’s problem."
"Not being able to return to my home due to the MCO gives me a taste of what it is like to have my freedom restricted. Unfortunately, this is the everyday reality of refugees and their situation is now made worse by the pandemic. I want to make a valuable contribution to the Malaysian society while I am here and there is no better time than now to help refugees who are badly affected by the crisis."
Packages were prepared in their respective rooms to ensure social distancing and were dropped off at the Helpdesk for delivery pick-up. Inside each package are two reusable pads for each refugee, an instructional card to use and care for the pad, and a personalized message from the residents.
This initiative is listed on#KitaJagaKita (http://www.kitajagakita.com) that compiles civil society initiatives to help those in need during the MCO. Taylor’s Hostel Management is very proud of our residents for their selfless efforts to care for the community during this pandemic.
Credits: Taylor's Hostel Team