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Rain for the Sahel and Sahara

Rain for the Sahel and Sahara (RAIN) partners with rural and nomadic peoples in Niger to improve livelihoods through education, sustainable agriculture, and skill-building programs. Since RAIN was founded in 2001, we have grown to serve 19 communities and created unique programs that lead to educational advancement, improvements in health and well-being, and financial self-sufficiency.

RAIN’s programs tackle the interconnected problems of poverty, lack of education, and food and water insecurity that plague many rural and nomadic communities in Niger.

  • Our Education Programs create a pipeline enabling rural and nomadic children to attend and succeed in primary school and beyond. Our mentoring program pairs elementary and middle school students with local mentors who advocate for their continued education. In addition, our Agadez Learning Center provides a residence with tutoring, mentoring, and meals for students who lack the resources or ability to pursue secondary education in a larger city.
  • Our Sustainable Agriculture Program provides clean water, 3-season drip irrigated community gardens, and training in sustainable agricultural techniques, business practices and nutrition. This approach not only makes clean water available but ensures it is used efficiently to maximize food production and minimize waste.
  • Our Skills Building Programs empower women to establish Savings & Loans groups and implement herding initiatives that teach basic economic principles, develop entrepreneurial skills, and support women in creating their own opportunities to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. 

RAIN is a grassroots organization working in and with the communities we serve. In our 15+ year history, we have developed committed partners and created successful programs, all with the aim of supporting rural and nomadic peoples across Niger in their pursuit of sustainable livelihoods.

2017-2018 was a highly impactful year across program areas with 100% repayment of loans made to women entrepreneurs and 3x the agricultural yield of 2016-2017. Additionally, 100% of exam-year students in our pilot middle school program passed their exams on the first round! 

Visit us at http://rain4sahara.org/ and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NigerNomads/ to see our updates.

Still have questions? Send us an email at info@rain4sahara.org or give us a call at 603-371-0676. We're always happy to talk about our work!

Posted on: Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Peace of Mind Medicaid Consultant

Peace of Mind Medicaid Consultant supports the Elderly and Disabled Adults within NH who need to apply for the State of NH Long Term Care or Independent Choices Medicaid Programs.  But due to poor health or low support individuals have difficulties completing the State of NH Application Process.   Peace of Mind Medicaid Consultant is here to support our clients and their families through the long length "RED TAPE" process of the application.

Our Mission is to bring "Peace of Mind" to our clients during a very difficult and life changing time.  By supporting them and helping them through the application process of the State of NH Long Term Care and Independent Choices Medicaid Programs.

Peace of Mind Medicaid Consultant was started back in April of 2011 as a For Profit Business.   Over the years it was clear that the need for this service was in high demand; however, the individuals who really needed this service could not afford to pay the private fee.   In July of 2017 Peace of Mind Medicaid Consultant changed from a For Profit to a Non Profit we have just received our 501 C 3 status.

When a client and their families sign up with Peace of Mind Medicaid Consultant they feel a since of relief.   Knowing that they have someone doing the leg work and gather of information for them.   Knowing that they do not have to attend the DHHS appointment.  Finally knowing that they can contact Peace of Mind Medicaid Consultant any time and knowing that someone will get back to them within 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Peace of Mind Medicaid Consultant has recentily been approved our 501 C 3 status with the IRS.

Most of the local Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities are familar with Peace of Mind Medicaid Consultant

Please check out our website: www.medicaidconsultant.net

Posted on: Monday, September 17, 2018

Axuda, Inc.

Have you ever wondered if there is a way to help either the clients, members, or employees in the community you serve make ends meet?

If so, then the Axuda program might be a great fit for you!  Read on to learn more…  

Axuda is 501(c)3 non-profit organization providing small interest free loans up to $600 to working individuals and families that need a helping-hand. Through its online platform, Axuda provides a forum for Borrowers to submit a loan request that can then be crowdfunded by several Axuda Lenders.

Watch this quick two-minute video to learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JROJVqvhDhk​ 

 WHAT IT MEANS TO BE AN AXUDA SPONSOR ORGANIZATION

Axuda Sponsors are non-profit organizations that are active in the community or businesses with employees who might be struggling financially.  Sponsors essentially help identify Borrowers, assess the Borrower’s character, propensity to pay back and provide Borrowers a source of counseling and ongoing support (non-financial).   Sponsors therefore must have the infrastructure and capacity to be this key partner to Axuda and its Borrowers.

Sponsors are not cosigners and are not financially responsible for the funding or repayment of loans.

Axuda currently works with organizations or businesses located in communities across Central and Eastern, MA and Southern New Hampshire so that Axuda can continue to be a resource to those with emergent needs.

WHAT A SPONSOR DOES

  1. Sponsor webpage  - Sponsors will create and maintain a simple webpage on Axuda’s website to include: 
  • Background information for the Sponsor organization,
  • A link to the Sponsor’s website,
  • The Sponsor’s logo,
  • A summary of the Sponsor’s criterions for referring Borrowers to Axuda, and
  • A history of the Sponsor’s open and closed loan requests which will be maintained by Axuda.
  1. Help Identify Borrowers – Sponsors assist in identifying individuals with financial needs that a one-year interest-free loan of up to $600 could help address.  

           Sponsors meet with the potential borrowers to verify that the individual’s contact information within their Axuda profile is real and current.  

 Assess Borrowers for Character and Propensity to Pay Back – Before choosing to sponsor a Borrower, a Sponsor should talk to the individual to:

  • Explain how Axuda works and what the Borrower’s responsibilities are to the Sponsor and Axuda,
  • Obtain reasonable assurance that the need is real,
  • Learn how much they need (maximum loan is $600 and maximum loan term is one-year),
  • Understand how the Borrower will have the resources to pay the loan, and
  • Understand when the money is needed. Loans can be live on the Axuda site for up to 30 days to allow for funding to occur. Loans have potential to be funded and dispersed before the 30 day mark.

We suggest informing borrowers to plan that loans may take up to one month for funding.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming an Axuda Sponsor, please reach out to Michelle Blake, Program Representative, Axuda. ​Contact information is below.

Vist our website: www.axuda.org

Michelle Blake
Foundation Coordinator | Axuda Program Representative
Digital Federal Credit Union
220 Donald Lynch Boulevard
Marlborough, MA  01752
(Direct) 508.263.6424
Email: mblake@dcu.org

Posted on: Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Epilepsy Foundation New England, Inc.

Epilepsy Foundation New England is a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization that serves the 100,000 people in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island who have epilepsy, and their families.  Whether you are newly diagnosed, a long -time advocate, a young person, a parent, a doctor, a teacher - Whether you are looking to hold a fundraiser, donate, attend a walk, or donate clothes - and Whether you want to volunteer, go to a support group, get help with employment, or go to camp, know we are here to help you every step of the way. Our vision statement is Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow.

One of our proudest accomplishments was welcoming the Matty Fund into EFNE and launching The Matty Project in January. The RI‐based Matthew Siravo Memorial Foundation was created by Richard and Debra Siravo in 2003 after their five‐year‐old son, Matty, passed away from a prolonged seizure.The Matty Project programs are now being offered to the EFNE community throughout New England. Camp Matty, The Matty Memorial 5K Run/Walk, and the “My Friend Matty” epilepsy awareness program are just some of the successes of The Matthew Siravo Memorial Foundation’s legacy that we are grateful to be able to offer. 

Thanks to the kindness of more than 4,500 donors (up 60% from last year), we have doubled the size of our camp programs, started retreats for Young Adults, and Adults, launched an Employment Services program, and much more! 

Because of the generosity of our donors, last spring, we awarded six $2,500 scholarships to people with epilepsy pursuing higher education and training.

Since launching targeted Athletes vs. Epilepsy®, Teens Speak Up®, and Leadership Councils at EFNE last fall, more than one-hundred and fifty 13-29 year olds have gotten involved. We are connecting young people to each other and encouraging our next generation of leaders. 

Our Advocacy and Public Policy experts engage in constant, behind the scenes, systems advocacy to create or change laws or regulations to support people with epilepsy (e.g., access to health insurance). The backbone of this work is our grassroots network of people willing to share their personal stories of how policies affect them. Last year, we saw a 20% increase (to 3,425) joining our Speak Up Speak Out network.

Call or Visit the Foundation's Headquarters

335 Main Street, Unit 8
Wilmington, MA 01887
Phone: 617-506-6041
Fax: 617-506-6047

Office Hours: 
Monday – Friday: 9AM – 5PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Posted on: Thursday, September 6, 2018

WFK Ice House Foundation

The Ice House Museum in New London, NH it is an extraordinary collection of icing tools and antique machines, toys and automobilles...plus many great examples of "Yankee Ingenuity".  The museum consists of eight buildings filled to the rafters with tools, machinery, automobiles, bicycles and items of historical significance.  It is open to the public Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from Memorial Day to Columbus Day.  

The Ice House Museum is located at 91 Peasant Street, New London, NH  Visit our website at wfkicehouse.org or on Facebook.

Posted on: Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Deaf Open World

Deaf Open World (DOW) was founded in 2016 by a small team of devoted individuals interested in changing the landscape of deaf education in Swaziland (now known as Eswatini). In 2016 we enrolled our first students at De La Bat School in Western Cape, South Africa, where they began their high school education. The following year we were able to support four more students on their journey to receive a high school education. That year we also enrolled one student at Gallaudet University’s English Language Institute where that same student is now into her third semester at the school.

As an emerging nonprofit, Deaf Open World seeks to advocate access to quality education for deaf youth in Eswatini through equipping youth with the skills, opportunities and mentorship needed to succeed beyond the classroom. DOW’s vision is for deaf Swazi youth to have equal access to a diverse portfolio of opportunities that will support their long-term academic and individual growth. When we say, “diverse portfolio” we intend that deaf youth will have opportunities that challenge their learning, build new knowledge and pursue careers that align with their personal interests, talents and identity. 

To support this, DOW’s mission is to advance the holistic development of Deaf youth in Eswatini through increasing their educational opportunities. We are carefully designing our interventions and activities to support deaf youth in accessing quality education that compliments the current educational system.

DOW has identified four key objectives that will support us in achieving our mission and vision:

  1. Expand educational opportunities and support networks;
  2. Promote the use of SiSwati Sign Language;
  3. Engage stakeholders through advocacy trainings and infrastructural development; and,
  4. Establish a robust career guidance and job placement program. 

These objectives are achieved through our current and planned interventions through which we seek to nurture an environment where deaf youth can freely access the world without being restricted by these impediments. Our Theory of Change is an 8-step model that is designed to support deaf youth in advancing their education and career opportunities; the area identified by parents, students and educators as the entry point for deaf youth to lead independent and fulfilling lives.

These 8-Steps include: 

  1. Promote the Use of SiSwati Sign Language as the language of instruction for deaf youth 
  2. Award scholarships to ensure continued educational growth 
  3. Facilitate leadership and career development trainings 
  4. Engage parents and families through advocacy and education policy workshops 
  5. Provide ongoing career guidance counseling and job-placement assistanc 
  6. Partner with local buisnesses and organizaitons to establish a robust apprenticeship program 
  7. Support human resource development to foster inclusive workforce environments for deaf youth 
  8. Coach deaf youth to serve as mentors and resources within the deaf community 

Over the past two years we have been fortunate enough to celebrate several achievements as an organization. Our seven students at the De La Bat Skool in South Africa continue to thrive in the school environment and maximize on every opportunity presented to them. Not only are they deeply committed to their academic advancement, but are engaged in a variety of extracurricular activities that nurtures positive self-image and fosters independence, guiding our students to become responsible citizens in the world. In October 2017, Bongani and Mbeketeli were selected to represent De La Bat Skool in the Zwakala Deaf Drama Competition held in Johannesburg, South Africa. The young men left their hearts on the stage in their performances, with Bongani acting in a mime routine based on Charlie Chapman’s “Barbershop”, and Mbeketeli producing an original dance routine. They both walked away from the competition with first place in their categories, earning 8,000 Rand (~$800) to put towards their education, while also winning prize money for their school. To say that we are proud of their accomplishments would be an understatement. We are thrilled that their school environment provides them the space and support to cultivate their talents, as well as the platform to display their gifts to the world.

At Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., Tiphelele experienced similar success as she completed her third semester at the English Language Institute (ELI). She was incredibly busy as she focused on her studies and also participated in ELISO, the ELI’s student organization. As a member, Tiphelele supported various events and fundraising activities that the students organized throughout the semester, including cultural events that featured the cultures and heritages of the ELI program’s many international students. This was also the third semester in a row that she was nominated for, and received an academic award. Tiphelele is the first student from Eswatini that has ever been enrolled at a program at Gallaudet University.

To learn more about Deaf Open World, and our work to support deaf youth in Eswatini, please visit our website at www.deafopenworld.com or feel free to contact us at deafopenworld@gmail.com

Posted on: Monday, August 20, 2018

NH Farmers Market Association

The mission of the NHFMA is to educate the general public on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle acquired through locally grown agricultural products. We are dedicated to helping consumers understand the economic, social and ecological benefits of this lifestyle for themselves as well as for local farmers, growers and producers. The association seeks to educate local producers on best management practices and common operating procedures through a variety of means including workshops, seminars and multi-media. 

The NHFMA will work to provide the educational assistance, support and training that local producers need to provide healthy food in an ecologically sound manner. Through education and member participation, the NHFMA strengthens New Hampshire agriculture.

The benefits of eating and buying local

  • Locally grown and produced food is fresher (if asked, consumers know and agree with this) 

  • You know where your food comes from and who grows it

  • By buying locally you help support local farmers and keep working farms profitable

  • You help preserve working farms and our rural landscape (productive farms preserve our high quality of life in NH)

  • Your money stays in and supports your local community

Visit www.nhfma.net or email info@nhfma.org

Posted on: Thursday, August 2, 2018

Liberty House

Liberty House helps homeless and struggling Veterans. We operate a food and clothing pantry that regularly serves over 130-Veterans from the community. We also provide a safe, substance-free transitional house for Veterans focused on recovery, mental and physical wellness, meaningful work, and transitioning to independence. Since 2004, Liberty House has helped more than 300-homeless Veterans.

Visit our website: http://libertyhousenh.org or contact us by phone at (603) 669-0761.

Posted on: Monday, July 30, 2018

TLC Family Resource Center

TLC Family Resource Center was founded in 1992. The mission of TLC Family Resource Center is to promote the optimal health and development of children and families in west central New Hampshire. To that end, we strengthen and support children, youth, and families with a wide range of free programs, parent education, support groups, and events. There are several programs under our umbrella. We have child and maternal home visiting programs that provide support through pregnancy and, in one program, up to the child's third birthday. In addition to providing critical information on child development from prenatal to three years and developmental assessments, we can also provide free cell phone service and a free rocking chair to qualifying families. We also have a program that serves families with children of any age.

These famlies may have short-term challenges and need some case management to help them get needed services and resources. TLC also has a teen pregnancy prevention program called SHINE (Sexual Health Information Network and Education) providing a comprehensive, evidence-based, inclusive, and medically accurate sexual health curriculum to young men and women, 16-21. Rural Outright is another program of TLC which supports the LGBTQIA+ community and their allies, especially LGBTQUIA+ youth.

In 2018, TLC took on the responsibility for the community's only peer recovery center, The Center for Recovery Resources, providing peer recovery coaches, community education, peer recovery groups, and a safe place for those who are striving to be successful in their recovery from substance use disorder.

Our recent exciting accomplishment has been the founding of The Center for Recovery Resources in 2018. In the last couple of years, we have been designated as the state's first Family Resource Center of Quality and we have completed the necessary work to be an officially accredited Healthy Families America center.

TLC Family Resource Center has an extensive website at www.tlcfamilyrc.org as well as several Facebook pages that highlight our work. Interested folks can also call the Executive Director at 603-542-1848 x 322 for a personal conversation about our services.

Posted on: Friday, July 27, 2018

St. Vincent de Paul Exeter

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Exeter (SVdP), NH Conference was formed in 1989 with a simple mission: provide emergency food and assistance to those in need when other available resources have been exhausted.

In 1833, scholar and advocate, Frederic Ozanam and five student friends founded the Society of St. Vincent de Paul to assist the poor in Paris, France. The organization expanded to the United States with the foundation at the Basilica of St. Louis in St. Louis Missouri in 1845. Since the inception, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul has grown to include conferences in 150 countries and more than 4,400 conferences in the United States alone.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Exeter began serving the poor and hungry in Exeter in 1989 out of a building provided by St. Michael Parish. In 2011, SVdP purchased the vacant bank building located at 53 Lincoln Street. After 22 years, of service to the less fortunate, SVdP acquired the independent building that allowed us to serve our clients more efficiently, with dignity and respect. With the new space, SVdP was able to become the Community Assistance Center.

With the Center collaborating with and housing many local agencies such as Rockingham Community Action, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, Families First medical and dental care and Medicaid application assistance, and NH Employment Security, SVdP quickly ran out of space. In 2015 it was clear that the new building had become too small and an expansion was built with the help of the community. Three new offices, a conference room, and an expanded pantry area were added to the building.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Exeter offers food and emergency financial assistance to residents of Exeter, Stratham, Newfields, Brentwood, Kensington, and East Kingston. Services at the Community Assistance Center, such as dental care and homeless support, are available to anyone in need.

In the year of 2017, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Exeter distributed over 354,720 pounds of food with a retail value of over $1,064,000. That is over 307,420 meals including a full selection of meat, poultry, dairy, produce, bakery, packaged food and personal care items. We provided emergency dental care and preventative dental hygiene care to 435 people, and assisted 136 homeless families by providing emergency food, supplies and referrals to shelters. We saved 8 households from eviction and helped 42 families and individuals with various crisis assistances including overdue utility payments, medical assistance, emergency housing, vehicle repairs and payments so people could continue to work. Lastly, we have 170+ volunteers provide 16,240 hours of support with an in-kind donation value of $392,000.

To learn more about the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Exeter please visit our website https://www.svdpexeter.com/ or come in to visit us at 53 Lincoln St., Exeter, NH, 03833 Monday through Friday 8:30am - 4:00pm. You can also find us on Facebook by looking up Society of St. Vincent de Paul Exeter NH. 

Posted on: Monday, July 9, 2018

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