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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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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.

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I have watched RAIN grow from a small seed.

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

None. Great work.

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 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 25, 2011

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March 25, 2011

RAIN fills an incredible void in development in the Niger. They communicate regularly with their donors and spend their money efficiently. I personally love the local-solutions focus and mindset of the organization.

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

watching videos about RAIN's impact and reading newsletters about their successes and challenges.

Ways to make it better...

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

ensure a country director is hired asap (this is happening!!)

March 25, 2011

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March 25, 2011

I've known Bess Palmesciano for many years and have followed her dedicated path to develop RAIN from it's inception. I've also written 2 major public tv series about Water - The Drop of Life, and A Dollar A Day, inspiring stories about escaping poverty, and know the value that RAIN brings to the people of the Sahel and Sahara deserts. In my support of this mission, I had the pleasure of hosting a benefit for RAIN in my living room, joined by several Tuareg and members of my community who were thrilled to learn about the culture and witness songs and artifacts that in turn support the endeavors of RAIN. I'm grateful to Bess and John Ahlgren, who have brought so much hope and sustenance to a people in grave need. This is a precious gift to humanity that needs to be nurtured and cultivated.

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I've followed the growth of this organization and promoted it among my family and friends.

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

get greater press and recognition toward its continued growth.

March 11, 2011

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March 11, 2011

RAIN operates in a region of Niger where you find the poorest of the poor. Already Niger is ranked as the poorest country in the world according to the UN's Human Development Index and if you are working in the poorest of the poor area, you are reaching some of the neediest people.

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

working with young girls in school programs in the Air.

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

expand their activiies

May 12, 2010

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May 12, 2010

I have worked with many international development organisations and the results and impact achieved by RAIN is the best I've seen, A clear focus on community ownership, and respect and participation by RAIN for the Tuareg people especially the women is the future for programs trying to address the poor.

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i have met and talked to staff and beneficiaries over past 5 years and have heard first hand some of the wonderful stories

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

increase the profile and tell the story to more people p

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

meeting the beneficiaries

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, intelligent and results orientated

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

expand

Ways to make it better...

...very good - hard to improve

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

keep going

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 10, 2010

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May 10, 2010

Having know RAIN's Founder, Bess Palmisciano, for more than 30 years, I am most confident in reviewing RAIN. RAIN is a worthy non-profit for the following reasons: INTEGRITY & transparency of use of funds: The money gets to the people through food, education and work mentoring programs to improve the economics of the people. Committment to HELPING OTHERS HELP THEMSELVES: The goal is for the recipients of RAIN's assistance to become self-sustaining. Assistance to a community WITHOUT ATTEMPTING TO CHANGE THE CULTURE: No one is looking for converts here. Respecting the native culture of those they are trying to help is a critical part of RAIN's program. RAIN volunteers and programs work WITH the existing culture not against it. PURITY Oof SPIRIT: RAIN was created to help Nomads in the Sahel and Sahara regions, the poorest on the planet,feed themselves and educate their children in hopes of expanding the opportunities for future generations. It all began when Bess fell in love. Founder, Bess Palmisciano, along with friends and family, hired a guide to take them through the Sahel and Sahara. She wasn't setting out to change the world but to simply explore a land and its people. Experiencing first hand how the Tourags of Niger lived simply within a coopertaive, kind, peaceful culture, Bess fell in love with that culture. When she realized that educational assistance from the Nigerian govt. was all but negligible, Bess realized that she could help. By raising funds for seeds....really, seeds...to grow vegetable gardens and use these gardens to feed the school children or sell to pay for books, RAIN was born. Today, RAIN is one of, if not the only, NGO in the region with simple programs to help these people solve their own problems: hunger, education and economy. Thank you for taking the time to review why RAIN is a worthy non-profit. In a time when there ae so many organizations looking for assisatance, I hope you are now most comfortable with participating in RAIN and helping a people in the poorest part of the world help themselves to a less dependent and more vibrant future.

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I saw the initial stages of dining room table mailings, calling on friends to donate, etc. When Bess first approached Paul Newman for a Newman's Own grant, the passion for others was expanded and RAIN's "legitamcy" in the non-profit world was born.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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