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Intern Spotlight!

Over the past two weeks, Ashley Hall junior, Natalie Smith, has been interning with us. She’s visited with over 10 different classrooms of students of all ages to educate them about Niger and share about our mission. We are so thankful for her efforts to encourage excitement and support within […]

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!      

Scholarship Recipients: Hear Their Stories

We had the opportunity to meet with three scholarship recipients today. These young ladies are wonderfully intelligent and so friendly. It was truly a pleasure to get to know them on a more personal level. When we asked them why they wanted to stay in school, they said they are determined […]

Meet Our New Friends at the School for the Deaf

We have slowly developed a strong partnership with Capitol School for the Deaf during the past two years. It began when a mutual friend took us to the school for a visit. We were so impressed with the director, teachers, and students during the visit that we committed to supporting the […]

Celebrating Your Big Results!

Starting on September 24th through October 9, hundreds of supporters from Michigan, Minnesota, DC, and South Carolina rallied at bike races, runs, walks, and held a pancake breakfast, to raise over $32,000 to send children to school in Niger. At the same time, they also introduced our mission to over […]

Feeling Inspired

Last month, we had the exciting privilege of visiting a school on an old French military base, Mirriah. This school uses the base’s remaining historical buildings as its classrooms. You may remember that Niger was colonized by the French from around 1922 to 1960. So, it was as if we […]

That Middle School Update You’ve All Been Waiting On

The middle school looks great, feels great, smells great… well you get the picture! It’s exciting to see it already taking shape and progressing since we completed the Laying the Foundation Campaign in June. Here’s a cool update for you, that even I have just learned: our partners in Niger […]

Incredible Exam Results!

I’m so excited to report to you that the sixth-grade exam pass rate for the schools we support is nearly 100% again this year! The exam I’m referring to is the one students must pass in order to exit primary school and continue on to middle school. This year, 144 […]

A Passion for Education

The challenges of running a middle school are universal. Mariama is the headmistress of a middle school in the midst of rural of Niger (see previous blog post). Special education programs do not exist in Niger, so students with special needs and difficulties attend classes with traditional students. Mariama has developed […]

Bonne Voyage

We left at 6am to drive from Maradi to Niamey. Our plan was to visit the new school at Madaoua and meet with the school committee at Dogon Doutchi on the way. There is a two-lane road that traverses the southern part of Niger from West to East. Maradi is […]