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October 17, 2013

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October 17, 2013

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 mission and promote fundraising events. I am confident that this is time well-spent and that RAIN will continue to grow and affect positive change for the women, children and communities they serve.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

March 29, 2012

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March 29, 2011

I am proud to be a RAIN donor. Their work in support of children and women (and therefore all of the region's people) in Niger is inspiring world work. The organization and its leadership is efficient... more

March 29, 2012

Congratulations on another year, and thank you for your work in the world.

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

March 29, 2011

I am proud to be a RAIN donor. Their work in support of children and women (and therefore all of the region's people) in Niger is inspiring world work. The organization and its leadership is efficient, well-run, and hopeful.

The Great!

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I have watched RAIN grow from a small seed.

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None. Great work.

March 11, 2012

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March 11, 2011

I volunteer for Rain for the Sahel and the Sahara and believe in its goals and integrity. more

March 11, 2012

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.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

March 11, 2011

I volunteer for Rain for the Sahel and the Sahara and believe in its goals and integrity.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Rain's newsletters constantly update their results.barb

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Wish they had more money.

March 30, 2011

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March 30, 2011

My wife, Jennifer, and I have had the pleasure of knowing Bess and following the evolution of RAIN since her first visit to Niger about ten years ago. Bess is truly devoted to finding effective, grassroots solutions to challenges affecting vulnerable populations in Niger. From the very beginning, she and her team have always been conscious of being good stewards of scarce donor funds, doing her best to minimize unnecessary overhead and make every dollar possible reach those who need it most. She and her team are also quite conscientious in trying to ensure that approaches are developed in a participatory fashion so that they empower rural populations while ensuring that they respond to real needs.

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We appreciate the lean structure of RAIN, as well as the personal passion of Bess and her team, and we are confident that resources are used in an effective and efficient manner.

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We appreciate the efforts that Bess and the RAIN leadership have made to professionalize the board and ensure that the RAIN staff receives strong oversight and guidance. We encourage them to continue in this vein.

March 30, 2011

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March 30, 2011

All of our family members have been Rain supports almost since its founding! We've watched RAIN grow and increase the help particularly to women and children in Niger, and have met some of RAIN's Nigerian volunteers. So amazing what a few people can do to bring about real change!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

viewing films of their work, hearing stories from Bess and others.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

This is not my area of expertise.

March 29, 2011

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March 29, 2011

One day a week, I volunteer in the RAIN office in Portsmouth doing a variety of things such as computer work, helping with mailings, filing, and sorting and organizing goods for our sales of African made items. It is such a pleasure to be involved with an organization that is making a difference in the lives of so many people, especially in the lives of women and girls in the Mentoring program. Our office walls are full of pictures of smiling men, women and children of Niger that help me feel connected to them in this splendid effort of education.

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witnessing how RAIN has grown and developed over the years

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I would like an office where I didn't have to climb 2 flights of stairs to get there!

March 29, 2011

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March 29, 2011

This terrific organization touches the lives of individuals in Niger, Africa by providing positive and sustaining support.

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life changing support for the individuals who this program helps

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

March 29, 2011

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March 29, 2011

I have been impressed by Rain from the very first news article I read about this great organization. Rain focuses on the very root of poverty. Rain works with some of the most overlooked people in the world. I am especially happy with Rain's effort to not only help with food but also to help a people sustain their culture, history and language.The idea to enable sustainable gardening at school locations is nothing short of brilliant! Their empowerment of women is a key force enabling their partners to survive in a hostile environment and a world of shrinking resources. Our family chose to make Rain one of charitable partners in our family's effort to eliminate poverty from the world's people! Let there be Rain wherever it is needed!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing children getting a good education.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

grow it!

March 28, 2011

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March 28, 2011

RAIN's work in Niger is a great example of how local community initiative with an organization's clear vision and commitment, can plant seeds that can bring new forms of life to a community in need. By working in a variety of fields, such as gardening, education, artisan co-ops, animal husbandry, for example, RAIN works with many different aspects of life in a community. Working with people with a plan for the future is an inspiration in a time when too much of the development work in Niger addresses rapid crisis intervention without a deeper understanding of of the long-term needs of rural communities in Niger. RAIN's understanding of Nigerien communities also included the idea that women are important and powerful sources of social change in their communities. Women's participation in RAIN activities provides a firm base of motivated community members that demonstrate their initiative by participating in activities which have a direct impact on them individually as well as on the community as a whole.

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I helped to develop a bilingual literacy curriculum and organize a teacher training. The women and other members of the villages with literacy programs are so excited about RAIN's interest in their community and the opportunity they have to learn to read and write. The idea is not only to educate the adults in order to help them, but also so that parents and family members can understand and encourage their children after experiencing the importance being literate in contemporary Nigerien society.

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RAIN's larget obstacle is their lack of funds. The amount of work that they do is amazing. Many of the projects are ready to be implemented in new target areas and there are many new ideas that I hear about that are just waiting for the funds to get them started.

March 25, 2011

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March 25, 2011

Exeter NH Rotary joined with Portsmouth NH and Newburyport NH and Rotary District 7780 and Rotary International to support Rain in building a sustainable garden and well in Niger for 250 children of nomadic tribes.

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The project came to life and Rain rocks...

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