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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