Dear Lead Us Today Supporter,
The year 2014 has been off to a great start and we would like to share this with you.
At the end of last year, our students completed the first part of our curriculum, which has a strong emphasis on training them on adaptive leadership and strategic thinking and planning. They also began the project brainstorming process in which they identified community development projects they would like to implement. Additionally, we held student seminars in Bulawayo, Gweru and Esigodini at the end of the 2013 academic school year, in which student representatives from our partner schools met to share and exchange ideas, experiences and thoughts on Lead Us Today and community work.
Continuing from this foundation work, students have started compiling project proposals and reaching out to various stakeholders in preparation for the socially innovative projects they will implement over the next few months. Some potential projects include equipping physically challenged individuals with arts and crafts skills and empowering orphans. The former involves teaching physically challenged individuals to make unique bags using natural resources such as reed grass. These green bags will be sold and the profits will be used to sustain the growth of the project while providing income flows for the physically challenged. The latter will see students teaching orphaned children how to make candles and sell these in order to finance their education. The candles are in great need in many areas due to the frequent power outages experienced in many areas in our country.
We established the Alumni Association for former Lead Us Today students to stay engaged even after they graduate from high school. They had a training session in which they gained basic skills on project management and problem analysis. In their efforts, they will continue with community work and have also started identifying activities to initiate in and around their communities. A few initiatives include generating alternative energy sources for high density areas which are most affected by power cuts; and teaching pre-teens in less privileged communities critical thinking skills through playing chess.
The most exciting news we have to share is that Lead Us Today was invited to participate in the 1st Global Forum on Drug Use Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The Forum which ran from 10-14 February was organised by the Colombo Plan Advisory Programme and the National Rehabilitation Centre and was created to address the ever growing risk of drug experimentation, use and abuse among the youth. There were 47 countries represented with over two hundred delegates in attendance.
Lead Us Today’s representatives were the CEO and Founder, Dalumuzi Mhlanga; one student from Nkulumane High School, Priviledge Nyathi and one of our leadership facilitators from Gweru, Philip Ndaba.
Most exciting, Lead Us Today came first place in the project proposal competition, which was part of the forum. For us to come top in a competition of such global scale speaks to the high quality of our work and our potential to develop many more young leaders and entrepreneurs. The proposed project aims to engage young people to lead enterprising lives and to steer away from using illicit drugs. Youths will undergo a series of trainings that educate them on the negative effects of drug and substance abuse.
Lead Us Today’s participation at the event is a means of demonstrating that engaging youth in various initiatives will build a generation of engaged and socially responsible citizens, who will steer away from irresponsible behaviour and adopt positive attitudes and to lead personal and community development efforts.
All of this would not be possible without your continuous support. Thank you for helping us raise close to $5,000 in the month of December. We greatly appreciate this support.
If you would like to donate to our project, please do so here: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/train-1000-zimbabwean-students-on-leadership/
Dear Lead Us Today supporter,
Building on your generous donations, 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: since our last report to you in October, our team of facilitators has worked diligently to deliver our training program, every week in our partner schools. This year, we are especially excited about expanding our programs so that they impact underserved youth with disabilities and those living in rural Zimbabwe. Here are two key highlights from some of our work:
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
In the last two months since the beginning of our 2013/4 programs cycle and financial year, Lead Us Today has been off to a really great start, all thanks to your generous and significant support. I’d like to share with you some of the highlights from the last two months, which set a promising precedent for the rest of the year:
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.
We are still campaigning to raise $25,000 to fully fund our key programs for the year 2013/4. We have raised over half of that and we need to raise an additional $12,000. Your contributions are key, every dollar counts and we invite you to donate what you can here: http://goto.gg/12608.
As always, thank you for your continued, significant support. It is changing so many lives in Zimbabwe.
A few months 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. We are very grateful for your contribution towards our 2013/4 programming. As I mentioned to you, we have not yet used your generous contribution – we will begin to at the start of our next fiscal year on August 1st, 2013.
I would still like to update you on our progress in our current fiscal year. As you might know, last year we raised $7,550 through GlobalGiving! These contributions made up a significant 38% of our $20,000 budget for 2012/3 programs. Doubtless, your contribution is key in enabling us to deliver on our mission and helps 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:
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. Indeed, thanks to your increased support, we will accomplish twice this in our next programs cycle!
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.
In June, we will extend our campaign to raise $25,000 for our 2013/4 programs cycle through GlobalGiving. I hope you can consider making another contribution 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,
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