Remember Niger Coalition

Unifying people and mobilizing resources to expand quality educational opportunities in Niger, Africa.

aka Remember Niger   |   Holland, MI   |  www.rememberniger.org

Mission

Remember Niger Coalition is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that works to expand quality educational opportunities in Niger. We accomplish our mission by partnering with local Nigerien organizations. They in turn build and furnish schools, provide school or medical supplies, provide scholarships for girls, sponsorships for student tuition assistance, provide teacher training scholarships, and funding for meal, garden and health programs. We also facilitate volunteer mission trips to Niger.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Kara VanderKamp

Marketing and Communications Director

Julie Frye

Main address

430 E 8th Street #146

Holland, MI 49423 USA

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EIN

26-3500898

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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Our programs

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Student Sponsorship Program

The Remember Niger Coalition Student Sponsorship Program is a one-to-one program that connects supporters in the United States with individual students in Niger who are in need of financial assistance to attend school. Funds raised by U.S. supporters go to the students' administrators and are intended to cover the costs of tuition, daily meals, health programs, and school supplies. Remember Niger encourages communication between students and their sponsors through letters and crafts.

Population(s) Served

The Remember Niger Coalition works with partners in Niger to provide desperately needed education opportunities to the children in Niger. The objective is to provide high-quality education in well-supplied classrooms with well-trained teachers.

School construction is completed in phases with each phase consisting of a three classroom block. Once the classrooms have been completed they must be equipped with desks, chalkboards, shelves, computers and supplies. The schools also must have a wall surrounding the property, latrines, and water and electrical connections.

Population(s) Served

There are too many Nigerien women whose dreams have yet to be realized because of lack of education opportunities. Instead of becoming teachers, doctors, school directors, and so on, they were forced to marry at a young age. We are providing scholarships to girls and young women so they are able to continue their education beyond primary school, which includes secondary school, vocational education, professional school, and university. Also, we are partnering with a local association to create a girls’ education center that will include secondary school, vocational and job training and a recovery program.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Remember Niger Coalition seeks to effect sustainable change throughout communities in Niger by working with Nigeriens to establish high-quality, self-sustainable, and resilient school campuses that are available to children of all financial situations.

Remember Niger plans to accomplish the organization's goals by focusing on school construction and academic enrichment programs.

Classroom infrastructure is pivotal to our mission to create quality educational opportunities in Niger. Construction allows each grade to have its own classroom, resulting in increased student registration and higher educational quality. The planned progression toward multi-level educational complexes in our partner schools provides permanent space for thousands of students to receive quality educations, pre-k through high school, in preparation for university and professional level degrees. Ultimately, individual student lives are shaped by an education that provides the necessary foundational elements and opportunities to become fully engaged citizens who are empowered to pursue their dreams.

Creating self-sufficient and sustainable educational communities is an essential component of our mission mission. Solar Power and Water Security Programs produce ideal campus environments, increase teaching time, and contribute to the health and financial autonomy of schools. In Niger, the price of these integral commodities is rising, and the public cannot afford them.

Once the physical infrastructure is established at our partner schools we are able to develop programs that support the core components of an education like filling seats with engaged students, curriculum enrichment, providing books and computers, and encouraging parent-teacher communication.

Each Remember Niger Coalition partner school is in a different stage of development, which begins with construction and continues with the addition of enrichment programs. With continued support, all of our partner schools will reach full student capacity through our student sponsorship program and build community confidence, which leads to higher enrollment.

Remember Niger has partnerships both in Niger and in the U.S. that will help ensure its goals are met. In Niger, RN is connected with many groups and individuals who are passionate about spreading the word of RN's good work and helping in any way the can, whether that be by referring reliable and high-quality contractors, offering to feed, house, and transport members of the RN team, or using their network to secure licensing and funding. RN's Nigerien partners' hard work also ensures accountability and sustainability.

RN has developed strong partnerships with faith organizations civic groups, and individuals across the world, and more partnerships are being made weekly. Because of these connections, RN's capability to accomplish the goals they've set is growing larger and more sustainable.

To date, Remember Niger has helped establish and develop 9 educational communities, impacting thousands of students. On these campuses, it has 7 primary schools, 1 middle school, 1 girls' center, 2 preschools, 4 secondary school girl residential education programs, 3 computer labs, 5 wells, 2 libraries, and 2 community gardens. It has not yet connected all of its campuses to solar power, but it has obtained the materials and training to do so.

Financials

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Remember Niger Coalition

Board of directors
as of 5/22/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Anne Davis

Art Consultant, Washington, D.C.

Lee DeYoung

Words of Hope, Grand Rapids, MI

Robert Bell

Hughes Hubbard & Reed, Washington, D.C.

Michele Wilson

Cabi Consultant, Arlington, VA

Chris Chatelaine-Samsen

Georgetown Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No