Train 320 Zimbabwean students on social innovation

 
$7,550
$2,450
Raised
Remaining
Dec 2, 2013

Hear about your growing impact in Zimbabwe!

KG VI Memorial LUT students brainstorming project
KG VI Memorial LUT students brainstorming project

Dear Lead Us Today supporter,

 

Since your generous donation months ago, Lead Us Today has grown in tremendous ways. Today, we work with close to 1,000 high school students in 20 schools across three of Zimbabwe’s 10 provinces, providing them with one of the country’s most innovative and practical leadership and entrepreneurship training. Before sharing more specifics about our progress, we’d like to let you know of a unique opportunity to stretch your donation. Today, December 3, we are part of a matching campaign starting at noon, EST. Microsoft will match your donation to Lead Us Today, 100%! Please donate from as little as $10 on our active project page: http://goto.gg/12608.

 

Thank you for your generous, continued support!

 

An update: In the last four months since the beginning of our 2013/4 programs in August, Lead Us Today has been off to a really great start. I’d like to share with you some of the highlights from the last few months, which set a promising precedent for the rest of the year:

  • Our first big undertaking as we started the year was celebrating the great successes of the 2012/3 programs cycle through a student project expo, which was attended by eighty of the students in our program. During the expo, our students reflected on their experience of the program and shared the process of designing and implementing their community development projects. The impressive projects, which they presented on include:
    • A catering business in Mpopoma High School with an enrollment of 2,000 students. Lead Us Today students recruited unemployed youth and arranged for them to receive catering lessons from professional caterers. Thereafter, our students helped the unemployed youth to open a canteen in the school that provides hot, nutritious meals to student and staff for only $1 – a much healthier alternative to the junk food students usually bought.
    • A community recycling project in the Nkulumane area, in which Lead Us Today students partnered with a recycling company in Zimbabwe, the National Waste Collectors (NWC). NWC regularly collects recyclable waste that students gather from schools in their area.
    • A business that makes and sells educational blocks that develop children’s analytical skills. The students make the educational blocks from scrap wood, which they cut into different shapes and sizes, and paint with different colors. The students sell these blocks to underresourced Early Childhood Development Centers around Bulawayo at very affordable prices.
  • In August, we recruited a deeply committed and diverse team of nineteen facilitators who went through a rigorous two-week training program. The team of facilitators includes a jazz artist, young businesspeople, recent high school graduates, college students and professionals. We are excited to see how this diversity enriches our students’ learning. During the training, the facilitators learnt extensively about leadership, social innovation, teamwork, monitoring and evaluation and how to communicate their ideas for social change through pitches and comprehensive project proposals. I invite you to meet our facilitators whose profiles are on our website:

http://www.leadustoday.org/our-people/zimbabwe-team/programs-staff/bulawayo/

http://www.leadustoday.org/our-people/zimbabwe-team/programs-staff/esigodini/

http://www.leadustoday.org/our-people/zimbabwe-team/programs-staff/gweru/

 

  • For the first time since our founding in May 2010, we are expanding! This year, we have increased the number of schools we are partnering with from eight to twenty. We are very confident making this leap especially because we have spent the last three years developing and refining our model. Our expansion has made it possible to reach groups of students who have great need for our programs. For the first time, we are working in rural schools where young people face challenges that greatly diminish their opportunities for leading innovative and entrepreneurial lives. Also, we are working in one of Zimbabwe’s very few schools for the disabled, King George VI Memorial School. Indeed, through working more with underserved young people, we are increasing our impact and transforming many more lives in unprecedented ways. Through this expansion, we are working with close to 1,000 students in twenty schools across three out of Zimbabwe’s ten provinces.

 

  • At the beginning of the school term in September, our facilitators began training our students in the schools where we operate. Over the next year, facilitators will meet with students every week for up to two hours and share our curriculum and their experiences, using the workbooks we have developed as a guide to students’ learning.

 

Please take time to look through pictures of our facilitators, students and staff which demonstrate their passion for our work.

 

In the coming year, we are excited to share with you how your support is making an impact in our students’ lives.

 

For us to be able to continue our work and scale our impact, we need to effectively deliver our programs this year. Please support us today and stretch your donation, which will be matched 100% if you donate a few moments after noon, EST. Donate here: http://goto.gg/12608.

 

As always, thank you for your continued, significant support. It is changing so many lives in Zimbabwe!

 

With deep gratitude,

Dalumuzi H. Mhlanga

Founder and CEO

Maranatha LUT club discussing social innovation
Maranatha LUT club discussing social innovation
Lead Us Today 2013/4 facilitators
Lead Us Today 2013/4 facilitators
The colorful 2013/4 LUT student training workbooks
The colorful 2013/4 LUT student training workbooks
Dalumuzi with 2012/3 LUT project beneficiaries
Dalumuzi with 2012/3 LUT project beneficiaries
2012/3 Sizane LUT students with educational blocks
2012/3 Sizane LUT students with educational blocks
May 28, 2013

The impact you have made in Zimbabwe in a year!

Lead Us Today mentors after training in July 2012
Lead Us Today mentors after training in July 2012

Dear Lead Us Today supporter,

A year ago, you joined the Lead Us Today family by donating and supporting our mission to inspire, empower and mobilize young Zimbabweans to make an impact in their communities. Through your generosity, we have successfully provided leadership and entrepreneurship training to hundreds of high school students. As I write, our students are all working hard on community development projects that they have designed together with their communities.

Thanks to your contributions, we raised $7,550 through GlobalGiving! Your contributions made up a significant 38% of our $20,000 budget for 2012/3 programs. Doubtless, your contribution made it very possible for us to deliver on our mission and help build the future of a whole country, Zimbabwe. Our students are deeply grateful to you for your incredible support.

We are pleased to report that we have accomplished all of our goals for the 2012/3 programs cycle. In the past year we:

  • Trained a spirited and engaged team of sixteen mentors who received intensive preparation for their year-long commitment to train and mentor students on leadership and entrepreneurship.
  • Refined our leadership and entrepreneurship training curriculum so that it adapts concepts developed by the world's leading scholars such as Ronald Heifetz, Richard Hackman and Marshall Ganz while simultaneously infusing locally specific approaches to teaching those concepts.
  • Recruited, trained and mentored 320 students over the course of ten months.
  • Supported students as they designed and launched community development projects. The impressive projects students are currently working on include:
    • Establishing a catering business in Mpopoma High School, which has an enrollment of 2,000 students. Lead Us Today students have recruited unemployed youth and arranged for them to receive catering lessons. Soon, they will open a canteen in the school that provides hot, nutritious meals to student and staff.
    • Building a culture of recycling in the Nkulumane community by partnering with a recycling company in Zimbabwe, the National Waste Collectors, which collects recyclable waste that students gather from schools in their area.
    • Making and selling educational toys that stimulate young children intellectually to Early Childhood Development programs in primary schools around Bulawayo.

Please take time to view the attached pictures that bring our progress to life.

Our 2012/3 programs cycle ends in July 2013. We are excited to see what students accomplish through their projects and look forward to sharing the end products of your financial support, in the coming months.

This report comes as we celebrate our 3-year anniversary, which is on May 29th. We have come a very long way since our founding and we are excited for what the future holds for us. We hope that you can continue to be part of us by supporting our work. 

On June 1st, we launch our campaign to raise $25,000 for our 2013/4 programs cycle through Global Giving. I invite you to contribute today on GlobalGiving by simply following this link and donating from as little as $10: http://goto.gg/12608.

Once more, thank you for your continued support!

 

With warm gratitude,

Dalumuzi Mhlanga

Founder and CEO

Lead Us Today students in training with a mentor
Lead Us Today students in training with a mentor
Students in our program meeting together
Students in our program meeting together
City of Bulawayo mayor visiting our students
City of Bulawayo mayor visiting our students
External speaker motivating Lead Us Today students
External speaker motivating Lead Us Today students
Students writing a proposal for their project
Students writing a proposal for their project
Lead Us Today students with collected recyclables
Lead Us Today students with collected recyclables
Unemployed youth in catering training through LUT
Unemployed youth in catering training through LUT
Aug 13, 2012

The difference you've made in Zimbabwe in 100 days

In the 100 days since the end of the April 2012 Global Giving Challenge, you have made a significant difference in the lives of hundreds of Zimbabwean youth. Over the last three months, Lead Us Today has laid a solid foundation for its programs for the next year, starting in September. Also, we have wrapped up operations for our 2011/2 programs cycle with great projects from the clubs. Here are some of the highlights:

  • We recruited a committed, vibrant, diverse and experienced group of sixteen mentors who will train, guide and support the 300+ students in our  2012/3 programs cycle.
  • During the entire month of July, mentors went through an intensive training program that equipped them with the skills to work effectively with students.
  • The current group of students worked tirelessly on their projects.
    • On the 7th of July, students from Nkulumane High School made a presentation on recycling to over forty older members of their community and Bulawayo’s mayor. Building from that presentation, they will bring together young and old people to recycle.
    • On the 28th of July, students from Sizane High School organized a sports gala that attracted over 75 youth from the school’s surrounding community. The teams that participated committed to start more sports teams that will provide unemployed youth with productive means of using their time and a platform to organize them so they can devise sustainable community projects.
    • Students from Christian Brothers’ College assisted in the running of a night school that teaches 120 students every night of the working week and sourced audio material worth $500 for the city’s only library for the blind.
  • In recognition of the caliber of students that we train, Jonathan Davies and Tatenda Madzorera were selected to represent Zimbabwe at the Global Young Leaders Conference in the US from the 29th of July 2012 to the 8th of August 2012. We are proud of them and look forward to what they will contribute when they return from their rich experience.
  • All of this is thanks to you. To date, we have raised $7,300 of our $10,000 goal on Global Giving. If you would like to donate and help us reach our target, please do so today by following this link: http://goto.gg/10145

 

Please make sure to check out a special message for you from Lead Us Today students, all the way from Zimbabwe right here: http://bit.ly/LUT_GGreport_1.

We are truly grateful for your continued support and look forward to the results of our partnership with you going forward.

 

Thanks,

Dalumuzi H. Mhlanga

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Dalumuzi Mhlanga

Bulawayo, N/A Zimbabwe

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