Founded on, inspired by, and existent because of the vision and efforts of MoCo Mask Makers, The Makana Project’s mission is to mobilize and empower individuals in the fight for public health through education, advocacy and the distribution of free handcrafted protective wear.
Makana is the Hawaiian word for gift, reward, or donation. It also signifies the act
of giving or donating. It is common in Hawaiian culture to give a gift when visiting
someone’s home. The act of gift giving exemplifies the “aloha spirit,” which is
founded on mutual respect, taking care of one another and reciprocity. It is in this
spirit that The Makana Project continues MoCo Mask Makers’ mobilization of
caring individuals who donate their time and effort to make durable and
beautiful masks for anyone in our community in need of one.
The making and distribution of cloth masks for no charge remains at the center
of our work. We are committed to staying true to our origins as a grassroots,
non-profit community organization. Going forward, we will focus on streamlining
logistics, outreach increasing community support and expanding the resources
available for makers, including teaching beginners to develop their skills.
We welcome all volunteers to join us and rise to the challenge together! Mask On!
Montgomery County, Maryland