Last Days Of This Trip

On Thursday, a power surge ruined the power cord to my computer. While the computer is fine, I’m unable to use it, and therefore haven’t had the opportunity to keep up with this blog. A kind friend is letting me use her computer tonight, but unfortunately, I can’t seem to download my pictures. I’ll put […]

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My Travels to Aguie

Yesterday, I traveled an hour east to visit the Aguie Christian School, another Remember Niger Coalition supported school. It has a very encouraging and interesting history. It began as a preschool in a storage room at the church’s Bible School (the denomination we support). The picture below shows the outside of the very first classroom. […]

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A Nigerien Meal

I had dinner with Ibrahim, Hadiza and their son Samuel yesterday evening. Ibrahim is the president of the education committee and the permanent secretary of the EERN (the denomination the Remember Niger Coalition partners with). Ibrahim and Hadiza, who are around my age, live in Maradi. They were two of the first people I met […]

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Teacher Training Scholarships

One way the Remember Niger Coalition supports the schools in Niger is by giving teacher training scholarships to future teachers. I met with two of the scholarship recipients this morning. It’s always a lot of fun to talk with the new students because their stories are so interesting. Alissa is 21 years old and just […]

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Art and Art Auction

One of the reasons I’m in Niger is to collect art from the students at the boarding school, which the Remember Niger Coalition supports.  The art will be auctioned off at an Art Auction Benefit in Ada, MI (just outside of Grand Rapids) on April 16. Early on it became clear to me that in […]

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Friends and Buses

I left Washington DC on Monday afternoon and arrived in Niger on Tuesday evening. There was at least 3 feet of snow in DC when I left, and upon arriving at 5pm in Niamey (the capital of Niger) the temperature was well over 100 degrees! Normally, the cool season lasts from December through the end […]

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Coup

I just wanted to give a quick update regarding the coup in Niger. I’ve received quite a few emails regarding my safety. I can assure you that everything is peaceful in Niger, and life seems to be continuing on as normal. I was fortunate to get into the country a couple days before the event […]

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Niger Trip – February 2010

I leave for Niger this afternoon and will be posting new entries as often as I am able. Unfortunately, the internet connection in Niger is very slow and not reliable, so I probably won’t be able to upload as many pictures or post as many entries as I would like. However, my hope is that […]

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Why We Act

Children begging for money with rusted tin bowls offers insight into the extreme lack of educational opportunities in Niger. These children are trying to collect enough money to attend a Koranic School. For West African parents, sending their children to a school where the Koran is studied is an Islamic tradition that goes back many […]

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