Leadership Initiatives

Leadership Initiatives (LI) renews democracies on a grassroots level by cultivating self-reliant leadership. We help individuals and communities forge the connections necessary to solve local problems using existing community resources. In the process we train a new generation of innovative, resourceful leaders poised to catapult their neighborhoods, regions, and nations forward.
Sep 22, 2014

Thank you for helping support orphans in Nigeria

Jamil
Jamil

Dear Leadership Initiatives donors,

This report is to let you know just some of the good that your donation is letting Leadership Initiatives do. Out of the 54 businesses Leadership Initiatives has active in Bauchi Nigeria over 67 business owners and employees participating in our Orphan Independence and Skills Program. Because of you classes will continue and grow teaching business owners and they employees how to care for Orphans and LI staff will continue to monitor their development. 

Our skills training portion of the program will also expand allowing more Orphans of age to take on apprenticeships of participating business owners. 

I would like to introduce to you one family that this program has helped form and through your donations an example of the families that will continue to be created in the future

Jamil is a 16 year old orphan who is a part of our Independence and Skills Program. Jamil lost his father five years ago and last year started an official apprenticeship with Danliti (owner of the Adbullahi’s Shoemaker Shop). Jamil has been under Danliti's care for about 4 years, Danliti took him in about a year after Jamil lost his parents. 

Jamil was hanging outside of Danliti's cobbling shop looking to help out and earn some extra money to survive. Danliti began to inquire about his family, his future plans and the challenges he faced. After Jamil had told him he had to stop attending school because he lost his father who had been paying for his tuition, Danliti opted to pay for his fees and give him some extra money for his welfare.

Danliti took notice of Jamil because of his commitment and dedication to hard work (he tried to work in Danliti's shop without Danliti even asking him to), giving Jamil a  special place in Danliti’s heart.

Jamil has since graduated from his apprentichip and now has a job at the cobbling shop, learning more about the skill while attending school during the day and helping his paying for his brothers and sisters care.

Danliti started his business as a small shoe shine shop, and through the help LI provided, he was able to expand his business not only a shoe repair facility but actually produce footwear himself. 

The fact that he is a local business with a community presence has allowed him to successfully complete with international companies.  Because he has a physical shop and has worked to develop relationships with the community, he has been able to offer repair services to his customers.   

He has also reinvested in his community.  He has been able to bring on several employees.  He also has agreed to take care of several orphans, and to teach them the cobbling trade so they can earn a living in adulthood. 

If you would like to learn more about Jamil, Danliti, or any of the other LI business owners, visit our new website at www.lichange.org.  There you can find out about their personal stories, meet members of the community, view photo galleries, or even set up a skype call with a business owner! 

Also if you had a moment could you tell us why you donated and how you heard of us, we are always trying to better refine our message and reach more people with our call to change. Thank you for also helping us, understand amazing people like you better!

Wishing you, your friends and especially your family the absolute best this Autumn!

Sincerely,

 

Marshall and the entire LI family

Danliti
Danliti

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Jul 17, 2014

Thank you for providing year-round vegetables

Dear Leadership Initiatives donors,

This report is to let you know just some of the good that your donation is letting Leadership Initiatives do in northern Nigeria.

I would like to introduce you to one of the lives you have helped change in Nigeria- Muhammadu Shehu.  Muhammadu works the same farm as his father.  Most farms in the area can only get one harvest during the rainy season.  Muhammadu had an idea- with irrigation, he could bring in harvest all year.

Leadership Initiatives helped Muhammadu install an irrigation system on his farm- now not only does he have multiple harvest each year, but the community has year-round access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

As we would love have you involved with Leadership Initiatives if you ever want to help grow our programs, learn of ways you can participate or have new ideas on how to develop our programs please contact me at mbailly@leadershipinitiatives.org. Your hard work and intelligence is the greatest gift we could receive as we try and create a better world.

Thank you, for your support and donation from the bottom of everyone's heart here at Leadership Initiatives. We would love have you involved with Leadership Initiatives if you ever want to help grow our programs, learn of ways you can participate or have new ideas on how to develop our programs please contact me at mbailly@leadershipinitiatives.org. Your hard work and intelligence is the greatest gift we could receive as we try and create a better world.

Also if you had a moment could you tell us why you donated and how you heard of us, we are always trying to better refine our message and reach more people with our call to change. Thank you for also helping us, understand amazing people like you better!

Wishing you, your friends and especially your family the absolute best this Summer!

Sincerely,

Marshall and the entire LI family

Jul 17, 2014

Thanks for improving diets in Northern Nigeria

Dear Leadership Initiatives donors,

This report is to let you know just some of the good that your donation is letting Leadership Initiatives do in northern Nigeria.

I would like to introduce you to one of the lives you have helped change in Nigeria- Sani Abdu.  Through working with Leadership Initiatives, Sani has been given the chance to both help his family and his community.  Through start-up money provided by Leadership Initiatives, he was able to open a fish farm to improve the diet of the community.

Through your generous donation, Leadership Initiatives has been able to help Sani track the yield of his fish crops to help decide when to send his fish to market.

As we would love have you involved with Leadership Initiatives if you ever want to help grow our programs, learn of ways you can participate or have new ideas on how to develop our programs please contact me at mbailly@leadershipinitiatives.org. Your hard work and intelligence is the greatest gift we could receive as we try and create a better world.

Thank you, for your support and donation from the bottom of everyone's heart here at Leadership Initiatives. We would love have you involved with Leadership Initiatives if you ever want to help grow our programs, learn of ways you can participate or have new ideas on how to develop our programs please contact me at mbailly@leadershipinitiatives.org. Your hard work and intelligence is the greatest gift we could receive as we try and create a better world.

Also if you had a moment could you tell us why you donated and how you heard of us, we are always trying to better refine our message and reach more people with our call to change. Thank you for also helping us, understand amazing people like you better!

Wishing you, your friends and especially your family the absolute best this Summer!

Sincerely,

Marshall and the entire LI family

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