Niger Trip October 2015

19 posts

Meningitis Epidemic at the Niamey Primary School

I’m sorry to have to report that Anissa, one of the young girls who attended the Niamey Primary School last year passed away several months ago due to Meningitis. Meningitis is a common disease in Niger that hits during the hot, dry season when food is in short supply and […]

Sunglasses for Students

One of committed supporters and her siblings gave sunglasses to the students of the new schools in honor their late father. As you can see from the photos, the children were pretty excited! See more “Silly Sunglasses Friday” photos on our Facebook page.

Sleepless Nights

What is one of the unexpected challenges of opening a school in Niger? That was the question posed to Daniel, the leader of the new school in Dogondoutchi. The school began this year with eight students in kindergarten. The school committee spent a lot of time renovating an old church […]

19-Hour Road Trip

Our trip by car from Maradi to Niamey took nine hours longer than expected. The first vehicle broke down about an hour and a half into the trip. Someone from the Madaoua school picked us up on the side of the road and brought us to the school. Then the […]

She’s going to be the President of Niger!

Chizoba is one of our sponsored students. I had the opportunity to talk to her mother when I was visiting the school in Madaoua. She told me to tell her daughter’s sponsor and all of our donors and partners “Thank you!” She said, “Parents do not know how thank you. […]

Thank you Rotary!

The Madaoua School will soon have 4 new latrines, thanks to a Rotary District Grant! Specifically, I would like to thank Cindy Carlson who has been instrumental in facilitating this grant through her club in Minnesota: New Brighton-Mounds View Rotary. Other contributing clubs are North St. Paul/Maplewood/Oakdale Rotary Club and […]

Beauty in Madaoua

“Whenever I walk through the gates of the school yard and see the new school and the beautiful hand washing stations I feel so proud that my daughter goes to such a great school.” This is what a young mother told me when I visited the Madaoua Primary School. The […]

Girls can play soccer too – and, they’re awesome!

I would like to send a big thank you to Jennifer Hillman for all of the soccer uniforms she has supplied throughout the past few years. Yesterday evening the girls at the Tsibiri boarding school put the uniforms on and played a competitive game of soccer. Everyone at the school […]

They are hungry

Isti, the director of the Tsibiri Boarding School has a huge heart! Normally only the boarding students are served three meals each day. However, when we were discussing the food program this week, Isti told me that the students from the village were eating with them. Their parents were sending […]

“I want to be something”

Halima is another 6th grade student who will join the Secondary School Scholars next year. When I asked why she likes going to the Tsibiri Boarding School, she said that she really likes the way her friends and teachers help her. Everyone supports one another. When I asked her why […]