FROM THE FIELD

Bringing communities together to address threats

Hello SoA supporters, We are supporting efforts to empower local governance and bring communities together to address security concerns in Diffa, Niger. Diffa has been affected by the scourge of Boko Haram since the first cross-border attacks in February 2015. Bombings, kidnappings, and looting have become commonplace in the entire Lake Chad Region and have … Continued

Bringing Boko Haram in from the bush

Hello supporters, I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on a project you previously heard about here. As efforts to degrade the Islamic State in West Africa – more commonly known as Boko Haram – throughout the Lake Chad Basin bear fruit, the problem of safely and accurately communicating information to would-be defectors … Continued

Save lives in Guatemala alongside SoA and US troops

Dear supporters, Natural disasters, firefights with drug traffickers, and IED explosions are just a few of the perils faced by Guatemalan units on patrol near the Mexican border. To better address life-threatening injuries and the lack of training, equipment, and supplies needed to handle these medical emergencies, US troops are helping educate their Guatemalan counterparts … Continued

SoA update: on the ground in the Middle East

Dear supporters, I’ve been all over the Middle East checking in on our latest projects and looking to see how Spirit of America can better support US troops and diplomats, help save lives, ease suffering, and increase stability. Here are just a few of the recent projects we’ve been working on: In Syria… SoA is … Continued

Niger state of mind

Bonjour from Africa, I recently had the privilege of traveling to Niger with a few of my Spirit of America colleagues to support Flintlock 2018. Flintlock is an annual, African-led, multinational military and law enforcement exercise that has strengthened key partner nation forces throughout North and West Africa, as well as western special operations forces … Continued