January 2011 Niger Trip

I leave for a month long trip to Niger next Monday. Please follow my adventures by checking back to this page every few days. Also, you can click on the “follow” button to the right of this entry in order to leave comments and messages. I plan to write about all of the interesting things […]

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December 2010 Update

Among this year’s exciting news is an extremely generous gift by an anonymous donor. With this donation Remember Niger started an endowment for the schools in Niger and is building a new primary school in Aguie. The current school structure in Aguie has walls made of sticks and grass; the new brick school will be […]

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Food Crisis

Niger is facing its worst food crisis in its history with almost half the population – or 7.3 million people – in desperate need of food.  While famine is a chronic problem for Niger, it is particularly dire this year because of the poor crops last fall and the summer floods that displaced nearly 200,000 […]

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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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