Our garden plot is next to a dry river bed where water flows for a short time each year, but is accessible only a few feet from the surface. Agriculture is becoming a profitable venture for the Air region.We had time for one more visit to our garden to see the new plantings and get […]
We returned to Agadez to finish up the office. The military required that we leave a week earlier that I wanted to we had to go before the office was ready, but our new secretary Ramatou will finish up and move in. And it should all be ready when we return in September.
We not only had 20 special forces of the Nigerian army, but our own Tuareg drivers/body guards. Alhassane and Abunguel were best friends and comrades during the rebellion. They provided another level of security for us …we called them Delta Force.
After all the hard work of the past six weeks we took two days to relax in the dunes about an hours drive outside of Agadez in Tiguidit. Alhassane played the guitar and the girls sang under a full moon.
We gathered all the Foundation vehicles together and went in convoy to Agadez.Mission accomplished…almost.
In our time visiting communities in the bush we were also letting them know that our medical mission was about to start. Unfortunately, Dr. Bob Skankey, his wife Louine and Rachel Phillips a volunteer, had to cancel because of passport/visa problems, but we decided to go ahead with a local staff. After leaving Foudouk we […]
The wodaabe women of Foudouk are the master embroiderers. They gathered to show me their latest work which I could not buy since there are few sales in America at the moment. I told them that we had to figure out what they could sell here in Niger. We purchased them a sewing machine a […]
I have not visited our little community of Ojai for some time. We named it Ojai when Peroji and his family moved there because we built a well for them. The wives were there, but Peroji and his grown son were not. Peroji’s family used to be all girls, but they are all married now… […]
Through the pasture rich north, which suffered a catastrophic drought last year. I have seen more cattle than ever before. They are apparently owned by rich Arab businessmen, but not by nomads unfortunately. But there are still camels We stop to talk and listen to all the communities…Figure out what what their problems and tell […]