Nomadic Notes

Bombino featured on BBC

Posted in Uncategorized by rain4sahara on September 26, 2011
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The BBC interviews Bombino and has him perform in their studio to feature his message of peace for Agadez and Niger.




The new tote bags from the Wodaabe artisan cooperative are here!

Posted in Women Artisans by rain4sahara on May 24, 2011
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RAIN is excited to announce that the bright, beautiful, colorful tote bags featuring hand embroidery by Wodaabe women in our “Metier Chance Vivre” cooperative are now available to buy! 

The tote bags sell for $40 each.  100% of proceeds go to the women, who donate 50% to the care, feeding and education of their children in school.

Contact us to order!

Some members of the Wodaabe co-op

Article: “In Libya you face bombs, but in Niger you face death”

Posted in Niger Food Security,Niger News by rain4sahara on May 20, 2011
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IRIN Africa | NIGER-LIBYA: “In Libya you face bombs, but in Niger you face death” | Libya | Niger | Conflict | Economy | Food Security | Migration | Urban Risk.

Communities across Niger already vulnerable to food insecurity after a devistating drought and rising food costs are facing the new burden of thousands who had left to work in Libya fleeing the conflict and returning to Niger.  Click the link above to the article by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs learn more.

Please post your thoughts and reactions on this new development.

RAIN Spring 2011 News

Posted in Uncategorized by rain4sahara on April 14, 2011
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Recently, RAIN partnered with Rotary Clubs around the seacoast of New Hampshire to create a sustainable garden in Bonfeba, a village located on  the Niger River. The garden aims to provide villagers with a source of clean water as well as crops. Also included is an interview with Fatima Rhissa, a woman whose daughter has benefitted from RAIN’s mentoring program.

And don’t forget to catch RAIN at the Portsmouth Farmer’s Market!

RAIN will be selling authentic Taureg jewelry along wih hand made crafts from our artisan cooperatives- including purses, cell phone cases and more! Dates for this event are May 21, June 18, July 23, August 20, and September 10. You can also purchase RAIN items by visiting us on eBay! Check back as new items are added!

Click here to read Spring 2011 News

RAIN friend Brigi Rafini new Niger Prime Minister

Posted in Niger government by rain4sahara on April 12, 2011
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 The new President of Niger, Mohamadou Issoufou, has named Brigi Rafini, a Tuareg, as Prime Minister. M. Rafini is a former member of the Niger National Assembly, as well as the former Mayor of  Iferouane, in the Air Massif.

Brigi Rafini, pictured here, at right, meeting with RAIN’s program assistant, Mohamoud Mouta, is a good friend of RAIN.

This picture was taken in 2009, when Mr. Rafini was Mayor of Iferouane.  I took the photo during one of the regular meetings between the Mayor and RAIN, discussing ways to collaborate to improve development in the region.

We are pleased to congratulate Mr. Rafini on his new post and look forward to continuing our fruitful collaborations.

-Bess Palmisicano

Food Crisis in Niger Featured in the New York Times

Dear Friends,

There is an article featured today’s New York Times by Adam Nossiter about the scope of the food crisis in Niger, including a slideshow.

 [See the article here:]     

Prayers in Danganari. Half of Niger’s 15 million people face a food shortage, officials said.

Nossiter deftly captures the cause and scope of the crisis; the severity of need, the displacement with the endless search for food, how hunger disrupts children’s education.  He also highlights the active role the new government has been playing in giving more of the population access to food, in sharp contrast to the previous
administration.  This is great news for RAIN and our circle of donors, that the new government may possibly become a partner in aid instead of an obstacle. 

We are hoping this article increases awareness of this very pressing need and can help ignite the passion to give a helping hand to our friends in West Africa.

To donate online to the RAIN Emergency Food Aid fund, please visit:

Checks can also be sent to: RAIN/PO Box 545/Newmarket, NH/03857.

We will continue to keep you posted on our progress in bringing relief to these communities!

Bess Palmisciano

Niger Food Crisis

Signs of Drought in Niger