H.D. Stafford Middle School teacher Djiba Camara is beaming from ear to ear this week.
The container he needed to ship to his home country of Guinea leaves this weekend.
“I am very happy,” said Camara on Monday.
Camara has dedicated the year trying to raise money to ship a container full of sports equipment, learning tools, bikes, computers, clothing and more to impoverished children in his native Guinea, one of the most corrupt, poverty-stricken countries in the world.
He’s seen amazing donations but has lacked financial help until recently.
He estimates the cost to get a container shipped is around $15,000. He got the container on July 22 and worked for two days straight to fill it to get it ready to go.
“My school gave me $1,500, my church gave me $1,500, as did Mrs. Blaauw (fellow teacher John Blaauw’s mom) and I borrowed $2,900 myself. It will leave this weekend but will take around two months to get there,” he said.
“I will meet the container there in October. But I hope I will make it back. I hope for my security.”
By returning to the impoverished and corrupt nation, Camara risks being robbed or worse while he makes sure the container’s goods arrive to the African children in need.
He hopes to organize local media to meet him alongside local police to help ensure his safety there.
Fellow teacher John Blaauw’s mom Ann arrived at the school in early July with quite a haul of goods she had collected to donate to Camara’s cause.
“Mom brought eight or nine bikes of all sizes, mens shoes and clothes, her computer and she went to the dollar store and bought pencils, pens, skipping rope, tennis rackets,” said Blaauw.
But then Blaauw met Camara and was so touched by what he is going to do, she wrote him a cheque for $1,500.
“I was speechless,” said Camara. That is saying a lot for the outgoing P.E. and French teacher.
Camara has set up a website where people can donate. Donors will receive a gift made by the people of Guinea.
Go to http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-the-people-of-guinee-conakry-africa-to-help-themselves. Or contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.