For most of us, getting thread through the head of a needle is already a near impossible task, but not for this 10-year-old who is already churning out personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontliners.
Nur Afia Qistina Zamzuri from Kuala Pilah in Negeri Sembilan is already a skillful tailor.
After her contributions to the fight against Covid-19 was highlighted, the little seamstress recently received RM25,000 under the Dutch Lady RM1 million Education Fund.
According to her mother, Hasnah Hud, the money had since been deposited into her daughter’s National Education Savings Scheme account.
“We have never asked for any payment since my daughter started sewing the PPE 16 months ago. Nonetheless, we are grateful for the recognition,” said the 39-year-old seamstress at her home in Kampung Kepis Hilir here.
Hasnah said her daughter was still sewing the PPE on a voluntary basis and Jempol Hospital had recently asked for Nur Afia Qistina’s help.
“The Kuala Pilah district education office will send over between 30 and 50 PPE materials to be sewn. Once, we have completed sewing the PPE gowns, we will send them back to the district education office.”
Nur Afia Qistina said her helping the frontliners was a gesture from her heart.
“I was stunned when I was told that I had won the RM25,000. I wish to learn more about fashion design. I also want to thank those who recognised my efforts,” she said.
– Picture by NST