I arrived in Niger yesterday, and I finally found an internet connection this evening – which is not an easy task! I’m traveling with Ruth Jones, a Remember Niger board member for the first week. So far, we are having a great time. Yesterday, we went shopping for soap stone nativity sets, animals and masks. We like to use these items at alternative markets and fundraising events throughout the year. On the corner of a busy intersection in Niamey there are around 10 or 12 men who carve soap stone for a living. They display their creations on tarps on the sand in the blazing hot sun. We spent over 2 hours purchasing everything we needed. It takes a lot of time to decide what you want, bargain to the right price and buy at least something from each of the craftsman. By time we finished, it felt like a good morning’s work!
Today, we traveled to Maradi and visited one of the schools we support in the area. This is the same school where I did art projects with the students last year. It was a lot of fun seeing the kids again and talking about all of the fun things we did last year!
Well, I feel like I’m being “bitten alive” by mosquitos, so I better get going. I’ll write more soon and will post pictures with my next entry. Thanks for reading this and, as always, please feel free to leave a comment.