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By kay christiansen ingalls on Tuesday, January 07, 2003 - 1:00 pm: Edit Post

Hello RPCVs from Niger or West Africa. I am trying to make Kilishi, a jerky like dried meat that we had in Niger a lot. It had peanut residue and piment (cayenne) and was very good... anyone have a recipe, or has anyone made-up a recipe that is similar? Thanke for your help. Would love to hear from Niger RPCV's, especiallly from 1976-1978. Kay Christiansen (Ingalls).

By cfox on Monday, June 30, 2003 - 11:34 am: Edit Post

Does anybody have well-recorded music from Niger? I'm doing a radio story of something that happened to me and some other Peace Corps friends back in 1988 near Maradi, and was hoping to find some instrumental Hausa music to use in the piece. If anybody has any suggestions, please contact me at or 212-669-7017. Thanks! Curtis Fox

By Admin1 (admin) on Monday, June 30, 2003 - 2:36 pm: Edit Post

Give a listen to Hausa Voices for Hausa music in Real Player format.

By Ibrahim Moudi on Sunday, August 03, 2003 - 8:05 pm: Edit Post

My name is Ibrahim. I am looking for peace corps volunteer who was in service in Niger Republic in 1991-1992. In Tamaske Commune. Keita Tahoua Department. Her name was AMINATOU.

By Eileen Cozzaglio (cozzaviolin) on Saturday, September 20, 2003 - 10:08 pm: Edit Post

My name is Eileen Cozzaglio and I'm a violinist from the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts. I'm wondering if anyone here can help me. I am currently organizing a project in Niger with the American NGO, Project Trobador.

Please bear with me......

In October 2002 I had the honor of performing at The Millennium Peace Summit for Women Religious and Spiritual leaders at The United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. To make a long story short, I was simply stunned by what I learned and experienced there. There were Buddhist nuns, Hindu swamis, Indigenous women from New Zealand, West African women, Jewish women, Christian women, and Muslim women from Palestine, Afghanistan, and Northern Africa. Each woman was so beautiful and seemingly so different from each other! Some were quietly passionate, others loud and outrageously articulate. There were more than a few tense moments during the summit, especially when the Israeli / Palestinian situation was discussed.

Anyway, we arrived in Geneva on Sunday and scheduled to perform on Wednesday. We had full access to all of the conferences, services, and prayers. Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, I attended every event I could and was literally thinking "what in God's name am I doing here with all of these inspiring and wise women?"

On Wednesday, it became clear.

We approached the stage very apprehensively, very humbled at the idea of performing for such a large and distinguished audience. We nervously began the song "Amazing Grace" and an incredible thing happened. I looked out at the audience and was blown away by what I saw: a colorful collage of Pakistanis, Cambodians, Palestinians, Israelis, Germans, Saudi Arabians, Indians, Africans, Iranians, Syrians, and Americans - all singing TOGETHER!

To this day I do not have words to describe it, it was profound and utterly moving. For me personally, in that single moment, I knew without out a doubt that music DOES build bridges across cultures and DOES bring peace! I saw it with my own eyes! Needless to say, I returned from the Summit with renewed hope for the world, committed to continuing my involvement with Project Troubador, and devoting myself to sharing this miraculous truth.

Which brings me to Project Troubador's exciting new project, Operation World Harmony. In January 2004, myself and two other American musicians will travel to Niger. We will work closely with the Niger chapter of Le Centre Afrika Obota, (CAO), a West African non profit organization devoted to development and peace. During our two week stay, CAO will introduce us to Nigerien musicians. We will rehearse together for the first two days and develop a music program which infuses Nigerien and American styles of music. We'll then "take it on the road," present the program to schools and villages in various areas of Niger. A full day will be spent in each location, working with young musicians and connecting with people on an individual basis.

Why Niger? It seems clear that the United States is finding it difficult to convince the Muslim world that the American attacks on Afghanistan in October 2001 and the invasion of Iraq in March 2003, are not part of a great holy war against Islam and the Muslim people. The population of Niger is between 80 and 90% Muslim. The people of Niger are extremely poor. Niger is located in a very tough global neighborhood. Four of the seven states on its borders, Algeria, Libya, Chad and Nigeria, are countries famous for various types of anti-western sentiments.

We believe that it is far easier to induce people to hate an abstraction, an ugly American or Muslim stereotype, than to hate people you talk with, eat with, travel with, and make music with. Rejecting the inevitability of a "clash of civilizations," we envision a "community of civilizations" by encouraging dialogue and exchange.

Will our work in Niger put a halt to war and terrorism and bring about world peace? No, certainly not. Yet, if in our travels we touch just one person who may at some point be vulnerable to the advances of groups that promote war and violence, if we give just one person the opportunity to make an informed decision based on personal experience, rather than information from the media, George W. Bush, or Osama Bin Laden, then it will be worth every penny, every mile, every sacrifice.

I need your help. I need you to spread the word about this exciting project. I need your ideas and input. I need your financial contribution.

Please contact me for further information about Project Troubador and Operation World Harmony.

I thank you very sincerely.

All the best,
Eileen Cozzaglio

Project Troubador
374 Taconic Road
Salisbury, CT 06068
Phone/Fax: (860) 435 0501

By ibrahima moudi ( - on Friday, January 23, 2004 - 1:36 am: Edit Post

i am looking for jody w baker peacecorps volunteers serving in tamaske begin service 1990 and completed service in 1992 please contact me at as soon as possible

By Henri TAMATA ( - on Saturday, June 05, 2004 - 6:20 am: Edit Post

I am looking for friends named Sharon LAI,Tanya ENGLBERGER and Delorah who served in Niger(2001)
please contact me at as soon as possible.Thank you

By robandtina7 ( - on Saturday, June 25, 2005 - 1:49 am: Edit Post

Does anyone know the recipe for spicy mayonnaise
served at the bouvette in Niamey for brochette?

By Clark E Kerr ( - on Saturday, October 22, 2005 - 2:55 am: Edit Post

Souloulou! Right on the border with Nigeria, about 100 kilometers west of Maradi. Hi. I and Paul Lubeck were the first PCV's to serve there (1965-66). We were followed by Dave Shapiro (1967-68). The three of us met together just over a month ago and were under the impression that we were the first, and last, volunteers in Souloulou. Yesterday I read an article that PCV health agents have been serving in Souloulou at least in the latter 90's and more recently. Did you serve in Souloulou or know someone who did? We would like to be contact with anyone who has worked there. Please contact me at Thanks! Clark E. Kerr

By sue ( - on Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 4:20 am: Edit Post

please how can i make kilishi Can u send me the proceedure

By David ( - on Saturday, July 01, 2006 - 3:28 pm: Edit Post

Dear RPCV's,

I am an academic seeking anyone who served in Niger and visited the American Embassy in Niamey in 1968.

Thank you.

David Casavis

By sheridoyel ( - on Monday, September 18, 2006 - 10:16 pm: Edit Post

I am looking for Mike Kelly, in Niger in the early 90s. Please have him contact me, Sheri Doyel, Thanks! (we studied in Ghana together)

By Barb Olufs ( - on Tuesday, January 23, 2007 - 11:55 am: Edit Post

How are you, Where are you Linda Galloway Hettersheid ??? Let me know, Barb Olufs

By Jessica Schweiger ( - on Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 6:18 pm: Edit Post

Looking for RPCV/ Niger Lauren Caister: I currently work on the Niger Country Desk at PC headquarters. The PC/ Niger staff have asked for my assistance locating a Niger RPCV named Lauren E. Caister (96-99) who wrote a thesis on giraffes that PC/Niger would like to reproduce (they are currently working on follow-up research). Can anyone help me get in touch with her?

By Emma Devine ( - on Thursday, August 02, 2007 - 9:09 am: Edit Post

Hi. I'm looking for three RPCV's that served in the Mid 70's in Niger.

Jay Lincoln (Village of Tabalak)
Bill (William) Brown
Terry Hanson

We are trying to locate these individuals because they have been requested to attend a 45th anniversary celebration highlighting the work between Niger and Peace Corps Volunteers over the past decades.

If you have any contact information or any ideas on the whereabouts of these individuals please contact Jessica Schweiger at Peace Corps Headquarters in Washington DC. Her e-mail is:

Thank you!

By Cheryl Eddy Benn ( on Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 11:10 am: Edit Post

I am looking for RPVCs from COS 1986. I was posted to Dosso 1984-1986

By e.joanwuehler ( on Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 3:48 pm: Edit Post

Any pc volunteers who were in Niger late 88 to early 91, I am still alive and living in MS, US. Would love to hear from any one. 2282977306. I still work so wkends good. E Joan Wuehler. Several countries since then so have lost touch with you all.

By Alkassoumi Amadou ( on Thursday, March 23, 2023 - 8:00 pm: Edit Post

Good evening! I am looking for a volunteer friend of Peace Crops Niger, her name is Maria as the name of Niger, she made Niger in 2003, in a small village located in the region of Dosso, she is from Chicago, her own name is Kathy Rowan , she is a twin. Me
my name is alkassoumi amadou, i am from bassi, in 🇳🇪 niger my whatsapp number is +22774328418

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