Brian Remembrances

Brian “Barke” Nowak passed away in November. Brian was a former RAIN Director of Programs, devoted advocate of Niger, and a beloved friend. As a way to remember and honor him, we’d like to share a few words from some of the many people who were lucky enough to know him.

Brian “Barke” Nowak 1977 – 2021

Bess Palmisciano, …

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RAIN Honors the Passing of Brian Nowak


Dear RAIN friends,

This past month, RAIN, friends, family, and the broader Nigerien community lost our beloved Brian Nowak. In Niger, Brian was known was “Barke,” meaning “blessings” in Fulani. Barke is a name he received in 1998 on his first trip to Niger as an undergraduate student at Boston University.

Brian lived in Niger for over 15 years – …

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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. …

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A Letter from RAIN’s Executive Director re: Security in Niger & RAIN’s Continued Commitment to our Mission

Dear Friend of RAIN,

You may have read that insecurity has worsened in the Tillaberi part of Niger – with significant attacks in January and early March. Most recently, there was a coordinated series of raids earlier this week in which armed men killed 137 Nigerien citizens. Responsibility for the most recent attack has not yet been claimed.  …

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Black Lives Matter

Dear Friends,

Black Lives Matter. That should go without saying, but it needs to be said. 

The most recent murders in the United States are heartbreaking and reinforce how much work is still left to be done to break the hold of systemic racism. As I, personally, seek ways to engage more actively with this ongoing crisis, …

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Ready, Set, Match!

We asked and you delivered!

RAIN’s generous supporters helped meet – and exceed – our matching grant goal with One Day’s Wages.

The goal was $20,145 but we raised $23,578 – which was then doubled for a grand total of $46,404!!!

Thanks to your generosity, 5,762 Nigeriens will receive added support as their communities combat COVID-19 . …

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