These become artworks.
Discover our artists, and follow their journey.
Masks are not just for protection; they also say something about who you are. When you buy a mask from the 10MillionMask store, you not only keep a small buisness alive – you also help us to get a mask to someone who needs it, but can’t afford to buy it. Your 10MillionMask says something bold. It shows that you care. Without you saying anything at all.
Where we came from
10MillionMasks started as a citizen movement to empower and inspire Africans to make masks for themselves and the people they care about. We made and donated over 220 000 masks, and we are tremendously proud of that achievement.
Now that lockdown has lifted most of our makers have gone back to work. Yet there are still over 18 million South Africans who need masks, but can’t afford to buy them.
These unemployed South Africans have no option but to live off charity, waiting for handouts.
Let’s rather give them dignity. Support cottage industries based in townships, informal settlements, garages and dining rooms. The money that they make from making and selling these masks will be the only money that their families earn.
When you buy a 10MillionMask mask you keep a small business alive.
10MillionMasks is a registered not-for-profit company.
The Kindness Contagion is spreading
Ten artists. One cause.
Making a difference: Ten underground artists are given a blank canvas of a blank mask. These become artworks. Statements. Stories.
Making meaning: As they work on their masks, each artist records their thoughts on three questions: why kindness counts, why masks matter and why they chose to get involved.
Evolving the thread: The original hand-painted mask is photographed or scanned and brought into the digital space where the design evolves into something new as it is remixed and remastered.
Making money: we have two artifacts: the original art-mask and the digital evolutions. The art-mask is put into a collection to be bought as a set, and the digital copies are sold online. The maker decides what they want to do with these proceeds – they can keep them or donate them to 10MIllionMasks NPC.
Give back in the spirit of Madiba
Mandela spent 67 years making the world a better place – Mandela’s 67 years of service to humankind began in 1942 when he started to campaign for the human rights of every South African.
This year, you can give back in a different way.
We need funds to get masks to school children who can’t afford to buy them. R67 will buy you a ticket and entry for the raffle and that R67 in turn will pay for 6 masks so that 6 children go to school protected.
There are thousands of Rands in prizes. Thank you to our incredible sewing families for their support.
Buy your tickets now.
EFT into our bank account
FNB Account Number 62849154373
Branch Code 250655