Newmarket-based non-profit Rain for the Sahel & Sahara Recognized in Gil Garcetti's new book Water Is Key

Respected former LA County Prosecutor and Urban Photographer Recognizes Non-Profit’s Work in Niger

( Newmarket , NH ) In his newbook Water Is Key, former Los Angeles County Prosecutor and respected urban photographer Gil Garcetti recognizes the work of Rain for the Sahel & Sahara in one of the world’s poorest countries – Niger . RAIN, a Newmarket NH-based non-profit, with three offices in Africa , is recognized by Gil Garcetti for their school-based well and garden programs. Further, RAIN will receive a share of the proceeds from the books profits to advance their work in Niger .

Water Is Key  The 80 black and white photographs vividly illustrate the need for clean water and the difficulties many, especially women, struggle to find and carry to their families. The book also includes essays by former US president Jimmy Carter, former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan, and former Irish president and UN high commissioner for human rights Mary Robinson — all addressing the challenges of providing clean water in an increasingly arid and polluted environment. Water Is Key was a finalist for a 2007USA Best Books Award from US Book News.

"Gil Garcetti is an acclaimed photographer who was hooked by the beauty of Niger and its people. He repeatedly visited Niger and neighboring countries in west Africa to capture the juxtaposition of dire poverty with the pride and determination of the people," said Bess Palmisciano, RAIN's founder and executive director. "He has succeeded beautifully."

Contact: Bess Palmisciano (603)674-8479

About RAIN: RAIN 's mission is to improve the lives of children and adults in Niger , West Africa through locally developed programs in education, water resource development, agriculture and AIDS awareness. These programs promote literacy, health and economic security while sustaining vital nomadic traditions.