Giving During the Holidays

by Stephanie Coles If you are like me, you may occasionally find yourself facing an overwhelming feeling of helplessness in times of great crisis. Watching the news or reading the morning’s headlines can leave me paralyzed, unable to think of a response that could possibly make a difference. It’s so easy to feel small during… Read more »

Girl Power: Courting In Niger & The Annual Gerewol Festival

by Shayna Watson Gorgeously colored gowns, perfect face paint and enough gold to outshine the West African sun. All the trappings of a typical beauty pageant, except the women in the village are dressed in all black and standing in line waiting for the event to begin. Many cultures around the world follow the heteronormative… Read more »

Tourism Potential in Niger

by Jennifer Dees Picture a place rich in natural beauty with sunny, clear days and brilliant stars lighting the night sky over desert cities. High sand dunes glow golden; beneath them, dinosaur bones have rested for millions of years. Think of herds of giraffes and elephants, and lions prowling in the savanaa. Imagine millennia-old engravings… Read more »

Preschooler’s Water PSA

A quick PSA from blogger Andrea Levin’s daughter Lily: Back in 2010, two years before the California drought officially started, we had already attempted to teach our then 4-year-old daughter the importance of water conservation. Apparently, it worked because one day my husband turned the camera on her and she launched into this unscripted water… Read more »

More Than We Know: Discovering Nigerien Culture Through Art

By Jennifer Dees As a writer, I feel that identity is tied to art.  I’ve wondered at the painter’s mind while staring at furious strokes of color. I’ve watched musicians lose themselves in a powerful song. And I’ve seen dance movements that express more than words ever could. So I set out to discover female… Read more »

What Sets Wells Bring Hope Apart

by Andi Claman In my community, there are many opportunities to get involved. So why did I choose to dedicate my time to Wells Bring Hope? At Chadwick High School, we call our Club Fair “Clubaganza.” It consists of dozens of tables decorated with posters and baked goods lined up along our main lawn, each… Read more »

Drought Differences: California vs. Niger

by Andrea Levin Everything was parched and brittle. Once lush and green, yards turned brown and eventually gave way to swaths of dirt and swirling dust. As California entered its sixth year of drought, groundwater evaporated, reservoirs dried up, and water restrictions were implemented. For citizens, it meant not watering your lawn, except on pre-approved,… Read more »

Bringing Clean Water to Niger

by Michelle Wolf It’s difficult to imagine living a life without clean water. In First World countries, clean water is a basic need that is accessible and taken for granted. Clean water is an assumed right. Cities are held accountable for collecting and filtering water before that water enters homes. In places like Niger, clean,… Read more »

Water, Taken for Granted

by Rita Brhel I live in the middle of America’s heartland — Nebraska — surrounded by a sea of corn and soybean fields, most of which are irrigated for the entire growing season. Even the crops that aren’t irrigated still yield enough to provide the farmer with ample income to live on. I live atop… Read more »

Empowering Villages One Well at a Time

by Rita Brhel Africa is a huge land mass, made up of 54 nations, 1.1 billion people, and some of the most iconic wild regions on earth. Yet, as mind-blowingly beautiful as the pictures in our minds are of the savannas, the Sahara, the rainforests, and the pyramids, our thoughts often turn dark when they… Read more »