Nigerien Independence Day

As July, the month of our Independence, passes by, we look forward to another celebration of Independence! This time, however, we are talking about Nigerien Independence Day! The formal independence of Niger was declared from France on August 3rd, 1960. To celebrate freedom and independence, Nigeriens enjoy lively festivals and parades. It is also common […]

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Thank you for Laying the Foundation

The Zinder Middle School will be completed this summer thanks to you, our partners and supporters! We raised over $30,000 for this project, which will ensure that the students of the Zinder school will continue to receive a quality education through middle school. Below you will see a letter we recently received from Latifa, a […]

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Exploring Tahoua – Char’s Perspective

We have recently begun some new projects in Tahoua, a city a bit north of where we have built and partnered in the past. Between meetings and school visits, Kara and Char had some time to explore. Check out these fun photos!      

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Enjoying Niamey

One day last week we drove around Niamey in Maman’s taxi, tending to various errands. With the windows rolled down and the wind on our faces, I had a truly enjoyable and interesting day getting to know Ibrahim’s brother. The time seemed to fly by as we traveled around and Maman’s stories flooded my mind with new […]

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A Gracious Welcome

Moments after my plane touched down in Niger this week, I was graciously welcomed with a delicious, traditional Nigerien meal. The opportunity to relax and indulge in lamb stew, rice, couscous, and cabbage triggered my mind and body to fully comprehend that I was back in Niger. What a great way to begin my time […]

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Student Drawings

Art is not a traditional subject in Nigerien classrooms. But, when Kara is in Niger, it is an important part of interacting with the students.  Students in the sponsor program create cards for sponsors, usually using materials that our donors have provided.  The experience is quite new to some students.  In fact, some of the […]

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Where are they now?

What do students of the schools we support do after they graduate? Where do they work? How does a quality education impact their lives? Statistics tell us that a quality education equals an improved quality of life for people in developing countries. This is particularly true for women. According to the USAID website, “When girls […]

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First Day Errands and Nigerien Facts

We were greeted at the airport by Jeremy Beebout when we arrived on Sunday. Jeremy and his wife are missionaries with the Reformed Church in America. Jeremy works in the area of development, which includes setting up medical clinics. Susan works as a medical doctor at one of the clinics and she is a professor […]

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Sunday Worship and Traffic

For us, in the US, a worship service on Sunday morning seems long if it goes over an hour. However, Nigerien Christians expect to be in worship for two hours or longer every Sunday morning. Besides the length of the service, another impressive aspect to me is that everyone in the congregation, even the choirs, […]

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Sunday in Maradi, Niger

We experienced another beautiful day here in Niger! Occasionally, someone will comment to me that they have read about the very cold weather we have at this time. I remind them that we also experience snow and ice and he or she will say they can’t imagine it. This morning, we attended church and experienced […]

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