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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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Laying the Foundation

Laying the Foundation: One of the most significant stumbling blocks to obtaining a quality education in Niger is the lack of educational infrastructure. It is in response to this need that Remember Niger established our Laying the Foundation program. Each year, we seek to “lay the foundation” for education through grants and a capital campaign. We typically respond to the most pressing infrastructure needs of our partner schools – usually a need for more classrooms, but also latrines and resource centers.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth

Remember Niger supports girls to pursue their education by creating an education pipeline for access to and support in pursuing secondary education. We collaboratively partner with communities and schools to build this pathway to success for girls who would otherwise faulter and be forced to perpetuate the dangerous cycle of poverty. Remember Niger’s Girls’ Advancement program provides critical access to education for girls, uplifting them from poverty and oppression by providing the opportunity to enroll in and stay in school through our scholarship program. Their chances of success are bolstered through the targeted tutoring and mentorship that is included in the program. We also work to educate parents and communities regarding the value and importance of girls’ education. This three-fold approach – scholarship, tutoring, community – addresses many of the barriers that girls in Niger face when it comes to moving Niger toward breaking the cycle of poverty.

Population(s) Served

Only 62% of primary school teachers in Niger have 1 year of post-high school training. We close the gap between minimally trained and high-capacity teachers through our annual Teach-the-Teacher seminar programming for primary and middle school teachers. We work collaboratively with the local Ministry of Education to develop and present the seminar curriculum, which includes: Curriculum planning and pedagogy, Inclusive education; School administration; Hygiene and sanitation; Computer training; and additional topics, as requested by the Ministry of Education. Each primary and middle school teacher from our partner schools is invited to participate in the training.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Economically disadvantaged people
Women and girls
Economically disadvantaged people
Men and boys
Nomadic people

While there are many elements involved in making quality education in Niger a reality for all children, one area that is oft overlooked are the “essentials” – Classroom furniture, chalkboards, and books; Fans in classrooms (and the accompanying solar power needed to run them since schools outside of the cities do not have access to the power grid); and latrines. Remember Niger works collaboratively with our partners to build infrastructure and capacity that enables teachers and students to gain the most benefit from each school. These basic resources play a significant role in improving the quality of education, creating inclusive learning environments, and supporting the overall development and well-being of students in Niger.

Population(s) Served

Remember Niger's Equipping Elementary Students and Teachers for Success through School Resource Centers programming seeks to ensure that each of our partner primary schools is equipped with a resource center. This programming is multi-faceted, and provides: Computers and trains teachers on their use as classroom tools; Learning tools, such as manipulatives, and trains teachers on their benefits and use in the classroom; RACHEL systems, where appropriate, to give teachers greater access to resources, and; Physical space to house the resources and furnishing those spaces (infrastructure).

Population(s) Served

Funded entirely through individual donors, Remember Niger provides sponsorship for up to 10% of the students at our partner schools. We have found that this program provides vital stability for new schools as they grow from Kindergarten through High School (typically adding one grade per year).

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Non-adult children
Non-adult children

Remember Niger’s strategy for health and wellness is to: Provide nutritious daily meals; Establish school gardens; Facilitate health and hygiene learning for teachers, school leaders, and key community members; Construct sanitary latrines with hand-washing stations; Construct solar powered wells that provide clean water and electricity to the school communities. We also respond to the acute medical needs of students, when there is immediate need, and no other options exist.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Women and girls
People with disabilities
Women and girls
People with disabilities
Women and girls
People with disabilities
Women and girls
Men and boys

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.

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Remember Niger Coalition

Board of directors
as of 10/24/2023
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