On April 8 - 10, ARROWS delivered 54,800 masks to 274 welfare facilities in Tokyo where the spread of the virus is accelerating.
The masks were delivered to welfare facilities in Suginami, Setagaya, and Katsushika Wards. Peace Winds Japan, a member of ARROWS, has a disaster assistance agreement with the three Wards. Smaller welfare facilities were facing a critical shortage of masks. Staff members had to take care of their elderly clients while worrying about when they might run out of their supplies. ARROWS distributed 200 masks per facility and received many heart-felt thank you messages.
"If it [COVID-19 infection] happens here, it would be a matter of life and death. We have been going by three mottos: not bringing in infections; not taking the infections outside; and not spreading the infections. We are taking all preventative measures including monitoring the staff's health and restrictions on their movement, limiting visitations by family members, and disinfecting the facility. We did not even think masks and alcohol-based disinfectant would disappear from store shelves this quickly and we were getting anxious. That was when we received the masks from ARROWS. Thank you so much." - Nursing home in Suginami Ward, Tokyo.
"We cannot thank you enough. Our staff is working very hard every day and as a manager, I have been trying to secure masks and disinfectant. This assistance was a great surprise and we will use them with great care." - Group care home in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo.
ARROWS also distributed 7,500 masks to 15 medical faciltiies through the doctor's association in Chiba Prefecture. One of the hospitals sent us a thank you note with a picture below.