This collection of photos comes from the West African country of Niger. With 80 percent of this country consisting of Sahara Desert, the people of Niger have adapted to survive in this harsh climate where temperatures remain around 120º F for much of the year.
My wife and I spent a year as aid workers at Kirker Hospital, a 147-bed facility in Southeast Niger, in the small, remote town of Maïné-Soroa. The hospital grew out of the medical work of Dr. Bill and Barbara Kirker, a legendary couple who served there for many years with the Peace Corps in the 1960s. Adventist Health International organized a team including my wife, myself, acting as Development Director, Derrek and Kari, serving as administrator and teacher, and Kari B., a nurse. We worked to expand and refine the services available at the hospital.
I was impressed by the colorful culture and the friendly people that I encountered in Niger. I hope this book will reflect the beauty I found.