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Why 5 S’poreans went to haze central in Indonesia to distribute N95 masks

Why 5 S’poreans went to haze central in Indonesia to distribute N95 masks
Relief.SG chief executive Jonathan How helping a child put on a mask while her parents look on. The mission team saw children running around in schoolyards unmasked despite the PSI being 1,500. Photo: Edwin Koo
Published: 4:16 AM, October 16, 2015
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The haze is a complex multi-faceted problem that requires people to come together. More importantly, no solution is going to work without the Indonesian people, especially the man-in-the-street trying to go about his daily life struggling with only a handkerchief amid the thick yellowish haze.

On the ground, our Indonesian NGO counterparts and us continue to work hard to inform the people in Palangkaraya of the hazards of the haze and how the correct use of N95 masks can help them cope. We want to let our Indonesian neighbours know that they are not alone.

More importantly, we hope that each mask that we give out can rally people at ground zero into calling on his or her government to do more. That is the true value of the N95 masks we give out.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Walter Chia is a member of the Relief.sg advisory committee and has volunteered for several of its missions. RSG volunteers are planning more N95 mask-distribution missions to Central Kalimantan and even planning to extend one to Sumatra. The organisation will also be sharing its recent experience in Central Kalimantan with the public at 2pm on Saturday at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs’ public exhibition ‘Haze: Know It. Stop it.’ at the nex shopping mall at Serangoon Central.

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