A Letter from RAIN’s Executive Director re: An Update on the Political Situation in Niger

Dear Friend of RAIN,

Niger is once again in the news as an attempted coup was thwarted last week. The coup was stopped quickly and is being handled appropriately. Things have been calm since then and President Bazoum’s inauguration on Friday proceeded peacefully.

President Bazoum’s inauguration marks the first successful, democratic transition of power between two elected Presidents since Niger’s independence in 1960. This transition is a historic landmark for Niger. President Bazoum has indicated that in addition to security, the major focus of his time in office will be education, particularly girls’ education. We wish the incoming administration the best of luck and look forward to seeing how their education initiatives improve opportunities for the girls and boys in RAIN’s partner communities.

RAIN staff and partner communities remain safe and our work is ongoing. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me directly at 603-371-0676 or katherine@rain4sahara.org.

With gratitude for your continued support,

Katherine Kolios

Executive Director of Rain for the Sahel and Sahara