Back to School in Niger: Nomadic Parents Struggle

 A dispatch from Bess in Agadez. 

Foudouk girls at the Agadez compound.

Right up the street from the RAIN Agadez office is a compound with a few run down adobe buildings.  It has been rented by the parents association from Foudouk to provide a place to live while they attend grades 6 – 12 in Agadez.   …

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A Message from Bess in Niger

To: RAIN Partners and Supporters
A Message from Executive Director Bess Palmisciano in Niger
AGADEZ – October, 2011

Right now, the world news of Niger is all about former Libyan officials hiding somewhere in the desert.  The true story, though, is in the food crisis here.  Last year we had excellent rains, and this year the season started well. However, …

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RAIN and The Prem Rawat Foundation School Food Aid in Agadez: One Year Later

In 2010, RAIN and  The Prem Rawat Foundation teamed up in response to the drought induced food crisis in Agadez – read more of  this TPRF blog article about the positive impact for our nomadic partner communities!



The Prem Rawat Foundation was created in 2001and is a U.S 501(c)(3) public charity based in California. …

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RAIN Partners with MAZON and the Global Hunger Foundation to Create Long Term Solutions to Food Insecurity in Niger

The food crisis in Sub Saharan Africa last summer may have abated in fierceness, but is not completely gone. Rains have since come, relieving the ravages of drought, but food prices remain high, crops are diminished, and essential livestock vanished.  One could safely say that in regions so remote, so arid and harsh as is rural Niger, communities are more or less always facing a crisis of food insecurity.  …

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RAIN Kicks Off 10th Anniversary with “Stars Over the Sahara”

Wow, what a way to celebrate our 10th Birthday!
Stars Over the Sahara, our 10th Anniversary celebration hosted by Dan Philbrick at Three River Farms in Dover, NH, was a great success!   RAIN friends and supporters enjoyed African music, purchased Niger crafts, and laughed along with New Hampshire’s favorite writer and humorist, Rebecca Rule.

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New tote bags are here!

Beautiful Tote Bags from the Wodaabe artisan cooperative

RAIN is excited to announce that the bright, beautiful, colorful tote bags featuring hand embroidery by Wodaabe women in our “Metier Chance Vivre” cooperative are now available to buy!

Contact us to order!

The tote bags sell for $40 each. 100% of proceeds go to the women, who donate 50% to the care, …

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