What you need to know:
- A sewing machine she hardly uses came in handy.
- She bought using part of her first salary four years ago when she joined the service.
- The officer hopes to make some 10,000 masks for the locals.
An officer based at the Isiolo GK Prison has warmed the hearts of many residents for using her free time to produce free masks for the vulnerable as part of her contribution towards the fight against Covid-19.
Worried over the huge number of locals not wearing face masks, Victoria Namunyack, locally known as ‘Model Officer’, resolved to start sewing the masks to help stem the spread of the deadly virus in the county which had four reported cases by May 30, 2020.
A sewing machine she hardly uses, and which she bought using part of her first salary four years ago when she joined the service, came in handy.
The officer, who has been deployed to assist her colleagues in enforcing the dusk to dawn curfew, spends at least three hours daily outside her house within the correctional facility making the masks that she distributes in the afternoon before preparing to start her official duties.
“I realised that our people were not keenly observing the health guidelines and I felt with the county having four confirmed cases, I should contribute towards the fight so that we do not get more cases,” she said during an interview with the Nation.
Ms Namunyack started by first distributing 200 masks to her colleagues enforcing the night curfew who are at a high risk of contracting the coronavirus.
The officer, who had dreams of becoming a fashionista, has become the talk of town for the kind gesture with many residents praising her for going out of her way to assist in combating the disease.
“I sourced the material from Isiolo town and started off. We all can take part in the Covid-19 fight by using the little we have to assist those who don’t have,” said Ms Namunyack who learnt tailoring and dressmaking skills in high school.
Simon Mwenda, a casual labourer in Isiolo town is among those who have benefited from the police officer’s masks donations.
“When I saw her dressed in police uniform coming towards where I was standing, I almost vanished as thought she had come to arrest me for not wearing a mask. But she instead gave me two masks,” said Mr Mwenda.
While distributing the masks, the officer educates locals on how to observe personal hygiene and social distancing. She also educates them on proper wearing of masks.
The officer has so far distributed close to 500 masks in Isiolo town and Chechelesi.
What gladdens her the most is that some of her colleagues have agreed to team up with her to help her reach the 10,000 face masks target.
The police officer, who usually entertains inmates while also taking them through modelling classes, hopes the pandemic is contained soon to allow her do what she loves most.
“I feel happy teaching them how to dance and model. I feel for them now that we can no longer hold such [events] due to the social distancing rules,” she notes.