Feb 12, 2010

RAIN School Supporting Programs

Women of the Wodaabe Cooperative
Women of the Wodaabe Cooperative

RAIN’s Wodaabe Women’s Artisan Cooperative has earned over $800 for their children's school in Foudouk. They will use the funds to support a school food program.

The women put aside 50% of all profits from RAIN’s sale of their unique embroidered goods to help their school.

We are always looking for more ways for communities to support schools. This is durable development that brings parents and teachers together for better education for all.

Well done women of the Wodaabe Co-op!

Beautifully embroidered tee shirts by the women.
Beautifully embroidered tee shirts by the women.
Jan 18, 2010

Mentors Receive Letters from Rain Donor Larry Cassidy

Mentors in Arlit are uplifted by Larry's letters.
Mentors in Arlit are uplifted by Larry's letters.

One of RAIN’s core programs is the Literacy Loop — illiterate women volunteer to encourage girls to go to school and help them succeed there with counseling and advocacy. They also teach the girls traditional practical skills such as sewing and leather work that can provide future incomes.

As the mentors become more comfortable at school and learn the value of education, they enroll in RAIN literacy classes — and learn French, the national language of Niger, along with their girls. It is a touching and productive relationship for both girls and women!

Recently, a RAIN donor — having read about our mentors — sent letters to six of them, congratulating them on their good work for the girls. They were so thrilled to hear from an American, appreciative of their efforts. We all thank Larry Cassidy for this extreme act of kindness.

I’m sharing some photos of the mentors receiving their letters.

All the best, Bess

Mari Jasmine, president of the mentors, with letter.
Mari Jasmine, president of the mentors, with letter.
Mentor Tarbane receives letter from RAIN's Rabi (left)
Mentor Tarbane receives letter from RAIN's Rabi (left)
Dec 24, 2009

Thanks to all for helping us meet the Global Giving Challenge!

Hadiza Chaibou and her mentor Foutchoukou Sidahmar
Hadiza Chaibou and her mentor Foutchoukou Sidahmar

......."This is Hadiza Chaibou. She is an orphan. Since she’s been in the mentoring program she has become very content and courageous. She has progressed very well in all her activities and she truly loves her studies."

This is one of many stories that come in from our volunteer mentors about the girls in our Scholarship and Mentoring Program.

Thanks to your support during this Challenge, RAIN can now potentially reach more donors than ever before to create new stories of hope and success for girls in Niger.

We are excited to be a part of the GlobalGiving community. Look for some of the other programs RAIN has in Niger- school market gardens, HIV/AIDS education, women artisan cooperatives, and more!

Bess is in Niger now, meeting with parents and teachers in tweleve new communities to lay the foundation for more Scholarship and Mentoring programs. We will keep you updated on Bess' progress!

On behalf of all of us at RAIN, "Tanemeert" and Happy Holidays!


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