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Phone: 603-371-0676
PO Box 1503
Portsmouth
New Hampshire 03802
USA
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Target demographics: Rural and nomadic communities achieve access to education and enduring livelihoods.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 15 communities

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Assist with our craft sales, host a craft sale, help RAIN with online social networking, marketing and fund raising events.

Geographic areas served: Niger, West Africa

Programs: School Market and Women's Co-operative Agriculture, Mentoring for at-risk girls, Small Enterprise investment such as artisan and herding co-operatives, Adult Literacy, wells, Savings and Loans Groups, agricultural and business education.

Mission:
Rain for the Sahel and Sahara (RAIN) forges partnerships with underserved rural and nomadic desert peoples of West Africa to realize their ambitions for education and enduring livelihoods.
Results:
Development of replicable programs for over a decade allowed us to achieve steady growth and will continue for years to come. RAIN school market gardens are self-supporting and generate cash crops as well as food for students. RAIN community enterprises, such as women's artisan, agricultural and herding cooperatives, generate livelihoods for members who put aside 50% of profits for their schools. We are improving school attendance through mentoring, offering literacy to adults and bringing measurable changes in quality of life while preserving traditional lifestyles.

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10/17/13
Bess and the team at RAIN For the Sahel and Sahara are dedicated, smart and effective. They accomplish a great deal with the funds they receive and truly make a difference to the nomadic people of Niger. I've volunteered with the organization for the past 3 years, helping to communicate their ... more »
03/29/12
Congratulations on another year, and thank you for your work in the world... more »
03/11/12
I have been volunteering for Rain for about five years and I continue to do so because I know that this organization helps the people of Niger in the way that they want help - that is in educating their children, in empowering their women and in teaching methods of agriculture to a nomadic people... more »
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