Nomadic Notes

Oyster River Student Raises Funds for Books in Niger

Posted in Student Fundraising by rain4sahara on July 22, 2010

The Benefit of Books Sale - customers browse books.


Two Customers: RAIN Founder Bess Palmisciano and Niger Director of Programs Michel Boubacar!


Anna Genes, a 9th grade student at Oyster River High School,  has spearheaded a booksale to benefit RAIN as part of a Power of One project for her World Cultures class final.  The Benefit of Books fundraising goal was to provide a better school for children in Niger by starting libraries of non-academic reading material.  Schools in Niger often lack books for the children to read for pleasure.  Anna came to us with the idea of bringing the wonderful world of reading to these students. Together, we brainstormed different ideas of how to raise funds. She decided to have a used book donation drive in her school and community, then held a book sale at the Lee Church in Lee, New Hampshire on May 22nd.  

Anna felt that selling books for books would be a great way to underscore the importance of literacy for children. Through her efforts, Anna raised nearly $200, which will be used to purchase age appropriate titles in French to be shipped to RAIN partner schools.  (Harry Potter books and “The Little Prince” are some favorites).  Through her efforts, Anna experienced firsthand the empowered feeling of making a difference, while learning anad sharing a great deal about the culture of the nomadic people in Niger and their steadfast commitment to an education for their children in the face of many challenges.  

RAIN is honored to have partnered with Anna in her efforts, and we look forward most of all to delivering those books to the students in Niger, who will be excited and thrilled to receive them.   

Kudos to Anna, Oyster River School, and the Lee community. Thank you!


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