Portsmouth Athenaeum Discussion

May 8, 2024 5:30 pm

A conversation with Proprietors John Lamson and Lou Salome (Board of Directors) about the work of Rain for the Sahel and Sahara, a local non-profit that benefits women and children in Niger. John and his wife Lee are being honored by RAIN for their support.

Discussion begins at 5:30 in the first-floor Sawtelle Reading Room. Space is very limited. To reserve your seat(s), please call (603) 431-2538.

Rain Dance 2024

May 23, 2024 5:30 pm

Join Rain for the Sahel and Sahara

in honor of founding supporters & RAIN Champions

Lee and John Lamson

May 23rd 2024 at Alnoba, Kensington NH

Sponsorship opportunities are available!

Learn more about our work and sponsorship opportunities here

Tickets available now!

Learn about the Honorees and meet the Hosts here

*Past Events*

February 29, 2024 12:00 pm

Strategic Plan Info Session

Join our community discussion featuring RAIN’s new Strategic Plan!

Come learn about the process behind building our new strategic plan from our board members Susan Fine and Rebecca Black. You’ll get the chance to hear some updates about our programs and delve into the key initiatives and goals that will help shape the future of RAIN’s efforts.

This is a great opportunity to gain insight into how RAIN plans to continue building resiliency and opportunity with rural and nomadic communities in Niger. We hope to see you there!

RAIN hosts a Screening of African Apocalypse with discussion at 3S

November 12, 2023 1:00 pm

African Apocalypse: A Cinematic Exploration and Discussion of Colonialism, Racism, and Responsibility

Rain for the Sahel and Sahara (RAIN), in collaboration with 3S Artspace and Green Acre, is hosting a film screening of Rob Lemkin’s African Apocalypse followed by a panel discussion. Join us in sparking a conversation about colonialism, the progression of racism and racial equity, and our role and responsibility as global citizens to engage with these matters in a responsible and productive manner. Hear from our panelists Ali Sekou, Najee Brown, and Victoria Carrington on the role of the creative arts in exploring equity and injustice and the importance of bridging global divides through inclusion.

Film Synopsis African Apocalypse tells the story of a young man’s profound journey across Africa driven by his quest to uncover the legacy of colonial horror. Armed with a copy of Conrad’s classic novel, “Heart of Darkness”, British-Nigerien Oxford University student and activist Femi Nylander goes in search of the meaning and legacy of colonial horror in West Africa. He discovers the unknown story of a French army captain, Paul Voulet, who descended into unspeakable barbarity in the conquest of Niger at the very moment Conrad wrote his book. Femi’s exploration sheds light on how Voulet’s damaging actions continue to affect present-day Nigeriens, whose country has been described as the world’s least developed country dates from the moment of Voulet’s arrival in their land. But amidst a tragic history, Femi also encounters a beautiful spirit of hope: young people learning to find a way out of colonialism’s darkness, and a country determined to harness the power of its most precious resource: the light of the sun. He returns to Britain just as a new global confrontation of the legacy of empire and racism emerges in the Black Lives Matter protests, determined to contribute to this global movement against oppression.

Please be advised – this film contains sensitive content and violence and is for mature audiences only.

3S Artspace is located at 319 Vaughan St, Portsmouth, NH 03801.

Tickets are available through eventbrite

2 Screenings with WACNH

The Great Green Wall

October 24, 2023 6:00 pm

World Affairs Council of New Hampshire is partnering with RAIN to show two films on climate change in Africa – “The Great Green Wall” on October 24th from 6 PM and running until about 8 PM at the Portsmouth Public Library and on November 16th they will screen “Thank you for the Rain” from 6 PM – 8 PM.

WACNH will partner with several groups to facilitate discussions after screening each film. The audience will be broken into small groups to provide an opportunity to talk about specific topics and what the audience saw in the films.

Learn more:

Virtual Discussion of Thirst

May 2, 2023 6:30 pm

A virtual discussion of K.L. Barron’s debut novel Thirst,
the Tuareg nomads, and how Niger has (and hasn’t)
changed from the 1980s to today.

Join us on May 2nd

6:30-7:30pm ET on Zoom. Register here.

About Thirst:

Betrayal forces a young woman to flee a relationship and forge a new life in one of the most brutal landscapes in the world.

A diverse cast of displaced westerners and local nomads converge in this story of love, personal and cultural identity, and what it takes to survive. The main character eventually adapts to the culture and her job while recognizing her part in the threatened dissolution of a nomadic culture

Featuring Author: K.L. Barron

K.L. Barron is a writer of place: poetry and prose. Her prize-winning fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction has been published in New Letters, The Bennington Review, Little Balkans Review,, ChickenBones (Library of Congress), among others, and in several anthologies.

She teaches writing and literature at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas and lives and writes in the Flint Hills. This is her debut novel.

Hosted by: Nick Krakoff

Nick served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger from 2008-2010, where he lived in both Niamey (the capital) and Badaguichiri (Tahoua). He worked with community based organizations to develop income generating opportunities and taught in elementary and middle schools.

Nick currently lives in Concord, NH where he works as an environmental and energy lawyer for a New England-based non-profit. He also serves on RAIN’s Board of Directors.