National Public Radio has produced a few short but informative videos on climate change, with one video featuring Niger, and focusing on a recent well-known story about how trees are finally returning to the desert:
Another feature on NPR‘s web site looks at the effect of climage change on Tuareg nomads in nearby Mali:
Membership Coordinator Needed
We at the Friends of Niger are looking for someone who can volunteer their time to help build our membership base.
Join us, and be part of a small organization seeking to make a difference in the lives of Nigeriens. The more members we have, the more we can accomplish. We need your help now!
For more information, pleace contact email@example.com
Mercy Corps is giving special attention to Niger’s ongoing cycle of hunger in their fundraising efforts, calling it one of the world’s “Silent Disasters”.
From their web site, http://www.mercycorps.org :
Long months of hunger between meager harvests hold Niger’s families in a brutal grip. Mercy Corps is helping them break free.
Successive poor harvests put more than 3.5 million Nigeriens – about 20 percent of that country’s entire population – at risk for chronic malnutrition and other dire health problems. Children, already Niger’s most vulnerable population, have been most affected of all. Today, Mercy Corps is working to help determined Nigeriens build locally sustainable, resilient health and nutrition networks so that communities can cope with crisis – and mothers can provide a healthier future for their young children.
Please take some time to look at the work Mercy Corps is doing in Niger and around the world.
See Mercy Corps’ focus on Niger here:
Grass roots organizations impacted by rate changes; sign the petition to bring back Surface Mail!
On May 14, 2007 the USPS eliminated International Surface Mail which was used by many organizations and individuals to support meaningful, humanitarian projects around the world.
A movement is underway to petition the US Congress to reverse this change. Please join us and sign the petition so that our collective voice can be heard.
Recently Boston University students Magali Carette and Sarah Garton spent some time with Habsou Aboubacar, who runs Tin-Hinan, a non-governmental organization supported in part by Friends of Niger.
Sarah sent us the following report, along with a few pictures, after their stay in Niger. Read the Tin-Hinan Update:
A Nigerien who was a language teacher for PC Niger (1990) is currently in the US on a fellowship for foreign journalists. He sends the following message – please contact him if you are interesting in helping.
Since 1990, I’ve been a journalist and a communicator, owning a communications agency called Les Echos du Sahel, and dealing [with the] rural world and development (printing, broadcasting, training, advising, etc.).
I arrived in the U.S. last June on behalf of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. One of the aims of this fellowship funded by the State department of the USA is to allow mid-careers professionals from the developing world a year of rewarding experiences and studies in the U.S. so that they can benefit academically and professionally.
One of my projects is to make a video documentary about RPCVs who are still involved with Niger in one way or another. But all my attempts to reach these folks have been unsuccessful.
The idea is: after 45 years of a successful presence in Niger, some RPCVs have kept contact with their host country, in the spirit of the program created by President Kennedy. Whether they work in civil society or as individuals, I want to portray them in their daily life and show how they continue to impact and improve the reality or the image of Niger.
My host university is the Philip Merrill school of Journalism (University of Maryland – College Park) where I am currently enrolled in Broadcasting and International Development studies. I will be staying in the US until next June. Please feel free to contact me for questions. I look forward to hearing from you.
Sai An Jima!
Ibbo Daddy Abdoulaye
Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow
Philip Merrill School of Journalism
1117 Journalism Building
University of Maryland-College Park
Maryland, MD 20742
A welsh teenager was so moved by her experience in visiting a Médecins Sans Frontières project in the world’s poorest country that she has set up an online account with justgiving.com so that people can finance the project.
18 year-old Ysgol Dyffryn Teifi sixth-former, Siriol Teifi visited Niger in February of 2007 to see for herself the situation 16 months after the terrible famine of Autumn 2005.
Back in November 2005, Siriol raised 2000 UK pounds for Christian Aid’s Niger appeal by fasting for a week at school.
Now Siriol has set up a web page and an online account with justgiving.com so visitors can make donations online toMédecins Sans Frontières with all the funds raised going to the Project in Maradi in the name of the people of Wales.
Click here to read more and donate to the cause: http://cymorthniger.com/ (Click the “English” link on the new page to read it in English.)
Now is the time! Friends of Niger is now offering a free year of membership for first-time members.
Together we can make a difference in the lives of Nigeriens. Click here to join FON today!
The New York Times has a nice article discussing the progress Niger has made against desertification over the past few decades, while continuing to deal with a fast growing population.
Full URL: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/11/world/africa/11niger.html?ei=5094&en=1162f89bceeed3d4&hp=&ex=1171256400
Virginia Emmons is the co-founder and director of Educate Tomorrow, an international non-profit organization seeking to provide equitable access to education for all people
Virginia is also a Niger RPCV, and is helping to organize fundraisers in San Francisco and Washington DC whose main goal is to raise money for a boarding house in Kirtachi, Niger.
When the Peace Corps left the Kirtachi region, the Peace Corps and the Nigerien government agreed to donate the former Peace Corps hostel and land to the project. Now, money is needed to convert and operate the hostel so that middle-school students from the region who live in far away villages can stay in the hostel, enabling them to attend school regularly. Students from Kabey Fo, a village 25 kilometers away from the nearest middle school, will be the first beneficiaries of the project.
The fund raisers will include wine tasting and silent auctions. Items to be auctioned include a cruise, a week at a beach house, art work, wine, and more. Organizers are still accepting donations for the silent auctions.
- San Francisco: August 18, 2006
- Washington DC: September 8, 2006
To volunteer, make a donation, or for general information, please contact Virginia Emmons firstname.lastname@example.org.