The Smith Boys’ “Far-Away Sister”

Matthew (12) and Austin (10) Smith’s family has been sponsoring Halimatou for almost four years. These boys have corresponded with Halimatou and they think of her as their far-away sister! We sent them a few questions to learn more about how their family’s sponsorship has influenced them. Why is it important to you that your […]

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A Letter from a Sponsor Family

Written by Leah DeYoung I am a parent of a child in the United States where my child wants so badly to go over to Niger to help. It makes me so proud. Lydia wants to make a difference and I couldn’t be more proud of that. I think she wants so much for other […]

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Meningitis Epidemic at the Niamey Primary School

I’m sorry to have to report that Anissa, one of the young girls who attended the Niamey Primary School last year passed away several months ago due to Meningitis. Meningitis is a common disease in Niger that hits during the hot, dry season when food is in short supply and children are often malnourished. Last […]

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Sunglasses for Students

One of committed supporters and her siblings gave sunglasses to the students of the new schools in honor their late father. As you can see from the photos, the children were pretty excited! See more “Silly Sunglasses Friday” photos on our Facebook page.

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Sleepless Nights

What is one of the unexpected challenges of opening a school in Niger? That was the question posed to Daniel, the leader of the new school in Dogondoutchi. The school began this year with eight students in kindergarten. The school committee spent a lot of time renovating an old church building, and creating a wonderful […]

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19-Hour Road Trip

Our trip by car from Maradi to Niamey took nine hours longer than expected. The first vehicle broke down about an hour and a half into the trip. Someone from the Madaoua school picked us up on the side of the road and brought us to the school. Then the vehicle we rented from Madaoua […]

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She’s going to be the President of Niger!

Chizoba is one of our sponsored students. I had the opportunity to talk to her mother when I was visiting the school in Madaoua. She told me to tell her daughter’s sponsor and all of our donors and partners “Thank you!” She said, “Parents do not know how thank you. Unless we have this help […]

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Thank you Rotary!

The Madaoua School will soon have 4 new latrines, thanks to a Rotary District Grant! Specifically, I would like to thank Cindy Carlson who has been instrumental in facilitating this grant through her club in Minnesota: New Brighton-Mounds View Rotary. Other contributing clubs are North St. Paul/Maplewood/Oakdale Rotary Club and Roseville Rotary Club as well […]

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Beauty in Madaoua

“Whenever I walk through the gates of the school yard and see the new school and the beautiful hand washing stations I feel so proud that my daughter goes to such a great school.” This is what a young mother told me when I visited the Madaoua Primary School. The construction of the first block […]

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Girls can play soccer too – and, they’re awesome!

I would like to send a big thank you to Jennifer Hillman for all of the soccer uniforms she has supplied throughout the past few years. Yesterday evening the girls at the Tsibiri boarding school put the uniforms on and played a competitive game of soccer. Everyone at the school had a great time! I […]

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