Linda Lamb, Doctor Bob and wife Louine finally arrived today so there are no more scattered volunteers wandering the planet trying to hone in on Agadez.
Before Linda left California, she received a donation from Sherrill Asador-Waters (a teacher and garden club friend) who wanted to help out–especially in education.
This very first day of Linda’s arrival a group of Wodaabe from Foudouk with whom we have worked for along time, came to me saying that they have a group of students boarding in Agadez to go to high school. This is a very dynamic group of nomads who have seen to it that their children have collectively reached a higher level of education than any other Wodaabe. They said that because so many of their former sources of aid have pulled out–whether due to economic difficulties or security concerns, they had a group of 37 students in Agadez, far from their homes in the bush, trying to attend school, but not enough to eat. Although we could not come up with the $700 monthly budget we were able to help them through this difficult time and tried to give them some ideas of how better to organize and require the participation of parents to keep these kids fed and their education from coming to an abrupt halt. Linda felt this was exactly the kind of thing Sherrill would like to support. So here is Linda giving the the check to feed the kids. Thank you Sherrill and Linda.