WE ARE RAISING FUNDS TO HELP THE PEOPLE OF 8 VILLAGES (TABANCAS) OF THE WEST AFRICAN COUNTRY Guinea Bissau, WHERE COVID-19 IS QUICKLY SPREADING BUT ITS PEOPLE DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO SANITATION SUPPLIES, FACE MASKS, FOOD OR WATER GIVEN THE POOR CONDITION THEY SUFFER DUE TO THEIR GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION.
The aim of the fundraiser is to buy and distribute additional relief kits to 8 villages spread across the country, starting from Bissau.
Poverty is affecting the country massively and the lack of resources, water and finances isa problem its population faces on a daily basis. Not to mention the inadequate educational programs and insufficient schooling, which ultimately forces the local youth into premature labor in order to sustain itself and their family.
The local population relies on the country's agricultural resources and scarce work available in order to progress.
As COVID-19 spreads and kills a great amount of people around the world, Africa gets swept to the side once again.
The lack of access to properly equipped medical facilities and sanitation supplies is speeding the diffusion of the virus across Guinea Bissau, tantalizing death and atrocious outcomes for the country.
For this reason, in support to the country and in hope to help its people sustain themselves during these trying times, we decided to ask for a little help to all of you. As our personal donations have already finished and we cannot grant anymore help to the people.
A little back story about the work that has already been done:
Idrissa Camara, a Guinea Bissau national footballer, immigrated to Italy in 2014 after being recruited to play for the fourth division (Serie D) team Avellino.
After jumpstarting his career in European football and birthing a little boy named, Idrissa decided to help more kids like him to change their lives through sport in his home town of Bissau.
So he founded a football academy named after his son "Academia Juzepe".
Despite playing in a lower league and, in contrary to popular belief, not earning an outstanding salary, Idrissa makes it a point to self-fund his academy and donate copious amounts of sporting supplies, shoes, food and necessary items to the families of the kids playing for his academy every year.
When COVID-19 put a stop to the Italian championship at the beginning of March 2020, Idrissa - in accord with his agent and club - decided to pack his bags and go back to Guinea Bissau, not to escape the virus in Italy but to help his people, buying sanitation supplies, food, water and face masks out of his own pocket and with the help of a few Italian friends.
He then went on a quest to redistribute the acquired goods around the southern part of Guinea Bissau.
In total, over a 3 day trip, he reached 10 TABANCAS (village in the local language) and brought the following items:
- 51 x 25LT water barrels, 5 each village
- 40 face masks for each village
- 6 boxes of soap, 10 bars for each village
- 70 liters of bleach for sanitation
- 18 rice sacks
- 10x 50kg rice sacks
- 20 liters of olive oil
- Fuel for round trip for two vehicles
- Food sustenance for 10 people for 3 days
This is where we need your help!
Unfortunately as times are tough for everybody, we cannot afford to donate anymore money out of our own pockets nor buy the necessary food and sanitation supplies for most of the villages and people that need it.
Anything is appreciated!
A little bit of press to support the cause here - unfortunately it's in Italian, but I guess it doesn't hurt to share:
- Tom Armstrong
- Felicia Pennant
- Gabriella Yang
- Tessa Sandberg