SMDF starts Masks for the Masses Project

April 20, 2020 2:42 am

PHILIPSBURG – The St. Maarten Development Fund (SMDF) launched a Masks for the Masses project to produce around 1000 face masks for adults and children with the help of over 20 local seamstresses and tailors.

These masks will be included in the care packages being distributed by the Government of St. Maarten via ESF-7 and various Community Service Organizations.

With the long-term goal being to supply masks to as many persons as possible, SMDF will also be introducing a Buy1-Give1 program for the masks. Through this Buy1-Give1 Social Enterprise program, businesses and individuals can purchase a mask for ANG 5 and in turn provide a free mask to another person. This nominal amount will cover the costs of production of the two masks, including materials.

As this project is being led by skilled volunteers, SMDF would like to publicly thank the seamstresses and tailors who offered their assistance in this initiative and also the businesses that donated the appropriate fabric and filtration material for the construction of the masks.

For more information about SMDF and the Masks for the Masses project, please e-mail and visit the website