While COVID-19 restrictions have started to lift in parts around the world, that doesn’t mean everyone is back to life as “normal.” Refugees and those who have been displaced during the pandemic are still struggling with high infection rates and lots of uncertainty. World Refugee Day was just a few days ago and to do their part, Fast Retailing Ltd., the parent company of mall fave Uniqlo has just donated 3 million AIRism masks along with a substantial monetary donation of approximately $123,000 CAD to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees which will be put towards refugee support in Afghanistan, Iran, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Myanmar.
Covid-19 Relief Assistance
In a release, Tadashi Yanai, Chairman, President & CEO of Fast Retailing, said, “The COVID-19 pandemic highlights why corporations must leverage all resources to support society in times of need. Through our long-term partnership with the UNHCR, Fast Retailing understands that refugees are among the world’s most vulnerable people, and so we embrace our responsibility to continue aiding. As a global company, we have called on our core strength-apparel -to make this donation of AIRism masks possible. Together with our previous donations, we wish to provide three million items of human health security, protecting refugees as they rebuild their lives.”
This generous donation will help UNHCR respond to the pandemic with essential supports and services. This includes support for child refugees who have been deprived of educational opportunities due to COVID.
Many refugees are being forced to live in conditions where there’s inadequate medical care and non-existent sanitation. Not to mention that vaccines have yet to reach these communities. Safe to say that this will be money well spent and for a very good cause.