9-year-old Malaysian schoolgirl volunteers to sew PPE gowns for healthcare workers

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Nur Afia Qistina Zamzuri , a 9 year old Malaysian school girl has been sewing PPE kits for healthcare workers. She began on the work when she heard that a local hospital was looking for people to sew protective gear.

“I felt bad, so I told my mom I wanted to help,” Nur Afia told Reuters at her home in Kuala Pilah, a town in Malaysia’s southwestern Negeri Sembilan state.

Nur Afia learned to sew at the age of five. Still, fasting has not stopped her, and she often starts sewing after the suhoor pre-dawn meal. Nur Afia picked up an interest in sewing after watching her mother Hasnah Hud, a tailor, making clothes in her home business.

As Nur Afia’s skills improved, she began earning her own money stitching together pillowcases and patching up torn clothes for the family’s neighbours and relatives.