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.

RAIN Executive Director to Present on Climate Change and Hunger in the Sahel

February 26, 2023 11:15 am

Our Executive Director, Katherine Kolios, will be the featured speaker on Sunday, February 26th at St. John’s Episcopal Church,100 Chapel Street Portsmouth, 03801. The talk is called “Outside the Box with Katherine Kolios” Please join us in the Philbrick Room after the 10:00 a.m. service for a guest speaker and light lunch. Katherine will share about the good works the organization is performing in Niger (Africa) and the challenges it faces, especially as it relates to climate change. The series aims to gain insight into our neighbors a continent away as we venture Outside The Box. Learn more:

Donut Underestimate the Power of Women!

August 3, 2022 7:00 am

Seacoast friends rejoice! July 31st is Pan African Women’s Day, which celebrates the achievements of African Women & advocates for gender equality!

Celebrate the day with RAIN & Lovebirds’ first ever collaboration on West African-inspired Donuts! You can take a peek at their menu at:
100% of proceeds of our special flavor donut will help provide Nigerien women with the opportunities, skills, and resources to not just survive – but thrive.
Special flavor announcement:
Bissap: a brioche ring topped with a roselle hibiscus glaze, ginger stripe, and mint leaf.
This special event runs August 3rd-7th at Lovebird Donuts in Kittery.
Lovebirds hours are:
Wednesday – Monday // 7am – 1pm
Closed Tuesday
Thank you to Lovebirds Donuts and all who participated. Together we raised over $250 by selling 170 donuts. If you missed out but want to donate in honor of Pan African Women’s Day, you can use this link!

RAIN Dance 2022

June 23, 2022 6:00 pm

Join Rain for the Sahel and Sahara for our 20th Anniversary Event honoring longtime supporter, Jo Lamprey.

June 23rd at the Word Barn in Exeter, NH

At RAIN Dance we gather together to acknowledge the power we have as a community to help people
across Niger live healthier and happier lives.

This year marks RAIN’s 20th anniversary, and we would love for you to be a part of the celebration!

Celebrate in person!
RSVP by Wednesday, June 8th
Your earliest response is appreciated, as space is limited.

Purchase Tickets Here!

Or fill out this form to become a sponsor and your tickets are included!
Sponsorship benefits are listed here: 2022 RAIN Dance Sponsorship Packet

Consider our RAIN Dance 2022 Fund-a-Need

Contact with any questions.


Thank you to our current sponsors!