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Leave Amenities Behind to Help Africa

Wyoming, MI – Johan Kazmirczak, a 25 year old native of Itaipulandia, Parana, Brazil is a person who has many reasons to be thankful.
He has shelter for a good night rest daily, a great job as a pharmacist in a hospital and a loving family who supports him in everything he does. For these reasons and many more, Kazmirczak has put his life on hold for an 18 month period to help others who are less fortunate.
In February 2013, the Brazilian man will travel to Africa, where he will spend six months participating in training programs to help local farmers, as well as projects to prevent the spread of AIDS.
For the past three months he has been preparing for the trip, taking classes, and learning about how his role will play into the African communities, at the Institute for International Cooperation and Development located in Dowagiac, MI, approximately 85 miles west of Wyoming.
On Friday November 30, 2012 Kazmirczak was at the entrance of Mexico Supermarket, located at 3355 Avenue S. Division seeking donations for the trip. From what we witnessed during our visit, the area’s Hispanic community is a caring community filled with great heart and compassion. Customer after customer, paid for their purchase and without saying a word, deposited their donations into the box the man was holding.
“My parents were volunteers in the church; they set the example for me to help others” Said Kazmirczak. “I have the time and desire to help those in Africa, there is much need there” he added. When asked about the date of his departure, he replied “I feel happy; it is a reality of a dream. When you help somebody, you are giving back twice.”
He is part of a team of likeminded people from various countries who will make the trip. This will be the first time he travels to Africa. While he has waived his salary to be a volunteer, he said he is very secure with the commitment he has made.
“I am ready,” said Kazmirczak “anxious to get to Africa and help with whatever I can.”

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To see the original article in Spanish visit El Informador ⓒ 2012


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