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Rain for the Sahel and Sahara (RAIN)
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.

Donor & My wife and I have been donors to RAIN for most of its existence.