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Review for Rain for the Sahel and Sahara (RAIN), Portsmouth, NH, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

RAIN for the Sahel and Sahara is dramatic evidence of the power of one. When Bess Palmisciano first visited the Sahara desert of Niger, she didn't just exclaim over the scenery, she wanted to learn how a nomadic peoples lived in such a place. When she saw some of the essential things they needed, she set about her work of recruiting help to dig wells, build schools, enable nomadic children to attend the schools by planting gardens to feed them at school. RAIN now helps to educate women to be economically independent and girls to be educated while not neglecting important support for men and boys in Niger. The work of RAIN demonstrates the transformational importance of two statements attributed to two ground-breaking women: Marilla Ricker, "It had to be done so I did it', and Margaret Mead, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." I am proud to support such valuable work!

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