Fulani pastoralist from birth, Ali Bety grew up in nomad camps near Diffa in Eastern Niger. Outside of school, Ali continued to help his family herd their livestock from one green pasture to another up until age 25. These pastoral roots defined Ali and guided his life path as he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture and Veterinary sciences in Morocco, and a Master’s Degree in Agro-economical Engineering in France.
Debra Kahn founded Wells of Love, the service-learning component of Amman Imman, upon meeting Ariane Kirtley in October, 2006. Deeply moved by Ariane’s stories about the people of the Azawak and her urgent plea to bring them water, Debbie’s life took a new direction. She began uniting Montessori schools after Ariane presented Amman Imman at a Montessori conference.
Ariane, joined by her husband, Denis and children, Fassely, Soriya and Indima, as well as other fabulously committed family and friends, has devoted her life to improving the living conditions of the Azawak Valley of Niger. She founded Amman Imman: Water is Life in February 2006 to bring life giving water to her brothers and sisters in the Azawak.
Joyce grew up in Connecticut and has lived in the Connecticut shoreline area for over 25 years. Joyce has worked in the travel industry ever since she earned her degree at the Business Program Travel Institute in 1974. She has also extensive training in marketing and business.
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