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!



“In Tahoua I came upon this woman who walked out of her way in 114 degree heat to say hello. The open warmth to foreigners is overwhelming and very much appreciated. Climate and life may be harsh here but the people are extremely kind.” – Char


“There is an ancient government system that is still culturally adhered to in Africa – without the Sarki nothing will be accepted or done. These [listed above] are the council positions.” – Char


“Meeting the Tahoua Sarki (Hausa King) Yup – Kara even got her own thrown!” – Char (Hausa is the tribe most prominent in Niger. Most of our students are of the Hausa tribe.)



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  1. Dunia birgima bankaka, en ka ga fari ka ga bakki. “The world is full of changes and chances.” Hausa Proverb.

    I learned some sad news that happened a few short hours after my departure from Niger. In the early morning of Friday, March 31, 2017 as the Sarki and his companions completed salat-Fajr in the mosque out front of the Sarki Palace in Tahoua. The praying group heard a loud electrical pop in the direction of the Palace and by the time they reached the house to open the door, it was too late. The entire Palace was in flames.

    The Sarki Palace, where Kara and Ibrahim are photographed, was built long ago with some renovations completed several years back with the assistance of Germany. The Palace meeting room contained many pre-colonial and colonial artifacts. The pictures of previous Sarki’s on the wall are now lost as they were the only ones in existence. Only the memories are left in the hands of the older generations.

    Thankfully – no one was hurt. However, the situation confirms that important history is lost with each passing catastrophic event and passing of the 60+ generation. As they are the people and the traditional institutions who carry the ancient knowledge in their caring hands and fought to decolonize. Stories, artifacts and photos that everyone, everywhere can learn from. It is good that RNC had the opportunity to visit and see some of this history.

    I posted a photo on my Instagram #harounamom

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