Nomads move around alot–the camel was always the best means of transportation in their desert land–then for the “wealthy” the Toyota Land Cruiser took its place. For the average nomad a 4WD Toyota is way beyond their means, but a motorcycle costs about the same as a camel–and moves a lot faster–of course the down side is the motorcycle doesn’t eat pasture which is free and doesn’t give milk to feed the family, The main problem is that wear and tear in the rugged terrain requires constant maintenance, a skill no nomad has developed. Seeing this need we asked Rotary Club to fund a motorcycle repair program at the Tamesna Center. We initially planned for 20 people, but the word spread and 30 showed up–with many more calling to apply. We allowed for the 30 to watch and participate, but we intended to supply tools to each student to be able to continue this work and start a small enterprise. We only had enough tools for the original 20.
What a great project! Hope rest of the stay goes well 🙂
This is fabulous. To present alternative ways of earning a living (other than human trafficking) to the people of the north is exactly what is sorely lacking. No organization understands the needs and aspirations of people of the north more than the Nomad Foundation.
Thank you Sue. You certainly know the situation in Niger. Appreciate your support and help.