July 2, 2012
To the donors and friends who helped fund this project:
We are pleased to report that Yasser Alaa, the student photographer in Alexandria, Egypt, has received the equipment that your money purchased. The $406 covered the cost of this Nikon Nikkor Zoom lens:
It also paid for this Nikon bag:
These are the items that Yasser said would be most helpful to him as he continues to take photographs in his hometown. They were purchased in the United States, where they were much cheaper, and delivered directly to Yasser in Alexandria by an Egyptian college student in Youth Journalism International who was returning home for the summer. A small amount of leftover cash was used to buy a small Flip camera that will wind up in the hands of a YJI student in Egypt to produce video reports, if everything goes according to plan.
At Youth Journalism International, we are grateful to the many people who contributed to help Yasser, who lost his camera and equipment during a protest in Alexandria last fall. We know that many of the donors are connected to PBS NewsHour and its PBS NewsHour Extra. But a number of other donors also stepped forward. We appreciate the generosity of all of you.
Yasser himself said, "Thanks YJI and everyone who helped me," Yasser said. "Thanks a lot really for everyone. I appreciate everything. :)"
He is, of course, extremely happy to have this new lens and bag. For those who are interested, you can see some of his pictures on his Flickr site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/yasseralaa.
We hope that Yasser will use his photographic skills to take many pictures to share with the world. He has great potential.
If anyone would like a detailed accounting of how the donated money was spent, please ask. We're happy to provide it. And with that, let's close up this project, another successful one. Thank you to GlobalGiving for making it possible.
-- Steve Collins
Board President, Youth Journalism International
Youth Journalism International is in the process of ordering the photography equipment that injured shutterbug Yasser Alaa needs. He has requested the money be used to buy a lens and a particular camera bad, both of which YJI is attempting to purchase with donated funds for this project.
It appears there will be enough funding for it -- though shipping remains an unknown expense until a package is ready to go out. We anticipate, though, there will be enough to provide some extra to help another Egyptian student journalist. That's our hope anyway.
We will have a full update by early June, when we anticipate successfully closing down this project.In the meantime, there is no need to donate any more money.
We appreciate the patience shown by donors and promise a full accounting soon. We will tell exactly where the donated money was spent.
Progress Report – February 12, 2012
Door to the Unknown -- Photo by Yasser Alaa/youthjournalism.org
We are still working to ensure that Yasser Alaa gets the camera and equipment he needs in Egypt.
Since posting this project Yasser has managed to get another Nikon camera, which is wonderful. What he still lacks are the lenses and protective bag that go along with it. We nearly have enough money for them now.
We have overcome one of the big hitches with regard to providing Yasser with the equipment he seeks. A Youth Journalism International senior reporter who is traveling from the United States to Egypt in May 2012 has offered to bring whatever we purchase for him directly to him then. That solves a major headache of how we can safely and securely ensure the items GlobalGiving donors paid for actually reach him. It also allows us to buy them in the U.S., where camera equipment is much cheaper than in Egypt, which will stretch the dollars that we have further.
Contributions above and beyond Yasser’s needs will be used to furnish other Egyptian students with still and video cameras they can use to tell their stories.
We are grateful to all of you who have helped Yasser with financial donations and moral support. Thank you so much. – Steve Collins, Youth Journalism International board president
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