The Peace Corps Wiki is a collaborative project whose goal is to create a free, interactive, and up-to-date source of information about serving as a volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps. Anyone is welcome to edit, add, or change any entry, or start a new one. So far there are a total of 260 pages that have been written and edited by (R)PCVs and Friends of Peace Corps from around the world.
Note that the contents of the Peace Corps Wiki are generated by the public, and do not reflect any official position of the U. S. Government or the U. S. Peace Corps. Nevertheless, the wiki has the potential for becoming an invaluable source of information for anyone seeking knowledge about the Peace Corps and the countries of service.
Check out the new wiki here:
The Peace Corps staff in Niger is preparing to celebrate the 45th year of Peace Corps in Niger, including a series of activities and events taking place in September.
Please visit our Peace Corps/Niger 45th Anniversary Celebrations page for more information about the celebrations, and how you can participate.
For questions or more information, please contact Christopher Burns in the Niger Peace Corps office at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!