Oops! You must enter a search term greater than 3 characters.

Invite reviews

Invite friends and colleagues to share their experiences with this nonprofit
28 Reviews
1234.892865
Previous | 1 2 |
Write A Review
October 17, 2013

more

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.

More feedback...

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 11, 2012

more


1 previous review
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.

More feedback...

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

Ways to make it better...

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

Wish they had more money.

March 30, 2011

more

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!

The Great!

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

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

Ways to make it better...

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

This is not my area of expertise.

March 29, 2011

more

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.

The Great!

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

witnessing how RAIN has grown and developed over the years

Ways to make it better...

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

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

March 29, 2011

more

March 29, 2011

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

The Great!

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

life changing support for the individuals who this program helps

Ways to make it better...

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

none

March 25, 2011

more

Review from Guidestar
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.

The Great!

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

The project came to life and Rain rocks...

Ways to make it better...

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

Solicit more sponsors

March 14, 2011

more

March 14, 2011

Bess Palmisciano, the nomads’ advocate

In 2002 a New Hampshire woman named Bess Palmisciano visited the Sahara Desert with her husband. This trip would change her life and the life of others forever.

Bess says, “There’s a mystery at the heart of it, an attraction I don’t
completely understand.”

The mystery lies in the remote Niger region of West Africa. The attraction is the legendary Tuareg and Wodaabe nomads who live in these beautiful and barren lands. Bess and her husband were
introduced to the vast Sahara by their Tuareg guide, Moussa Haidara. Bess saw the school Moussa
had attended as a child. But what had once been a bustling compound housing the residential school and its teachers with a dispensary and a garden to feed the students was now a cluster of
abandoned buildings. Niger’s support for its schools had shrunk with the nation’s economy. This
country is the poorest in the world.

Bess would return several times, digging deep to learn about the intriguing cultures, harsh life, and dire needs of these nomadic people who, in spite of increasing drought and political unrest, share
a sharp desire to improve their conditions.

And here it was that Bess found her calling. Starting with no knowledge of either the official French language or the people’s mother tongue, with no connections in the country save Moussa,
and with only the vaguest idea of how to obtain funding, she would not only help rebuild this school
but, in partnership with nomadic parents, create programs for the sustainable development of school
market gardens with drip irrigation systems as well as programs for community enterprises such as women’s artisan cooperatives and grain-grinding businesses that set aside half their profits for their schools.

That is how Rain for the Sahel and Sahara (RAIN) was born. Now,
nine years later, the non-profit
organization that grew out of a serendipitous journey has made a profound impact on the eduction,
health and food security of Niger nomads in many areas. In a region with a literacy rate under 10%
more and more children are enrolling in school. With Bess’s astute, hands-on guidance as Executive Director, RAIN has created libraries and market gardens, wells and updated irrigation
systems, women’s artisan cooperatives, scholarship and student mentoring programs, and has been tremendously effective in providing HIV/AIDS awareness and education. Parents, mostly women,
serve as mentors, encouraging children to stay in school, teaching after-school classes in traditional
skills, talking to them of opportunities for their futures – opportunities these illiterate mentors never
had but desperately want for their children. Recently the mentors were offered RAIN-designed
and sponsored bilingual literacy classes, learning to read and write in French as well as in their
own language.

The mysterious pull that the desert of Niger exerted on Bess Palmisciano has resulted in deep
friendships, long-term sustainable change, and a permanent relationship with the dunes of the
Sahara and its wanderers.
* * * * * * *

The Great!

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

For nine years I've watched Bess work in Niger always marveling at her steady effort, the creative and positive ways she meets difficulties, her inspired programs which change to meet current circumstances, and the thrilled responses of the nomads, willing to cooperate and work, themselves, to improve their and their children's lives. I

Ways to make it better...

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

Provide Bess with greater financial support.

May 28, 2010

more

May 28, 2010

My husband and I are very active in the international philanthropic community. I think RAIN is unique in many ways- primarily in the way that so much of the organization's budget is devoted to the programs themselves. Another unique aspect is how vested the entire community is in every program: from planning to execution. This seems to guarantee sustainability and success. Niger is the poorest country in the world, but we get positive stories of changes every week. I feel I'm really able to make a difference working with RAIN.

The Great!

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

I have never been to Niger and so cannot say I've directly witnessed the changes in peoples lives there from RAIN programs. Knowing, however, that my contribution helps make positive changes, especially in the lives of girls and women, is a great feeling

More feedback...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing the positive change over time to these villages as they benefit from RAIN programs.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make sure more girls stay in school and get an education, a true rarity in Niger.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 28, 2010

more

May 28, 2010

Throughout the years, I've seen RAIN grow and expand, and it's been very exciting for me to be a part of it. Every year, more girls in Niger are getting the help they need to stay in school- and more women are becoming literate, as well. What impresses me most is that it is all community based-entire families working to help other families, women helping girls, parents building schools, wells and gardens.

The Great!

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

I am not a member of the population that RAIN serves; my exprience has been gratification in volunteering for this organization. I've learned so much about Niger and the nomadic culture.

More feedback...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I have a real relationship with the people at RAIN and feel like I'm truly a part of the team.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Possibly permanently change how nomadic communities create sustainable change in Niger and all of West Africa.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 28, 2010

more

May 28, 2010

RAIN is an outstanding non-profit in that it manages maximum impact for dollar given. It was begun by an energetic and compassionate lawyer who visited friends at the embassy in Niger about five years ago and who was overwhlemed and inspired by the need there and also by opportunity and resourcefulness of the nomadic people. Currently RAIN is paying particular attention to the needs of women and children and is developing a network of mentors that benefits both.

The Great!

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

speaking with visitors from Niger and from Americans who have travelled there. Schools, community gardens, AIDS education, embroidery collectives, mentoring programs are all part of the important work that RAIN successfully carries out.

More feedback...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Previous | 1 2 |
Write A Review

Filter by reviewer role:

Support This Nonprofit

Help this nonprofit get more reviews

5 tips for getting reviews

5 tips for getting reviews...

  1. Sending an email to clients, volunteers, donors, board members, and other partners with a link to your profile page.
  2. Putting a link on your Web site
  3. Including a link in your email newsletter
  4. Putting a link in the signature of your email
    Putting a link on your facebook page and status updates
  5. Tweeting out a link to your twitter followers

3 hours of volunteer time for this nonprofit will...

Assist with our craft sales, host a craft sale, help RAIN with online social networking, marketing and fund raising events.