Mar 22, 2021

5 Ways You Can Support Us to Build a Virtual Institute

Dear Donor,

 

We hope you are keeping safe, even as we all continue to glide through the realities of the pandemic. 

Since we announced the ground-breaking of the LEAP Institute in 2019 in Lagos, Nigeria, there has been quite a significant shift in approaching the launch of this Leadership centre for Africans.  

With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have recently redesigned the approach to the LEAP Institute’s offerings to reflect a blended approach. Essentially, LEAP Institute will now offer both virtual and onsite services. 

LEAP Africa’s Virtual Leadership Institute is a proposed hub of excellence for advancing the knowledge and practice of youth development and transformative leadership, engaging practitioners, researchers, and policymakers on the African continent. It is poised to be a world-class institution that would drive cutting-edge thought leadership and advocacy on youth development issues.  

According to the World Bank Youth Report, young people cannot transition in five key areas; Education, Employment, Healthcare, Social mobility and Active citizenship. The LEAP Institute exists to bridge the research and existing learning gaps in five thematic areas affecting young Africans. LEAP Institute will provide evidence-based research and solutions shaped by African realities and unlimited reach by leveraging digital technology. Ultimately, the Institute will contribute to the Global 2030 Agenda by equipping youth enablers to support the youth population’s positive contribution.

To achieve the vision for the LEAP Institute, we are seeking partnerships in five key areas:

Technology – Online learning software/learning management system, data management systems, internet and communication tools

Strategic collaboration in the areas of institutional and legacy support

Technical expertise and partnership with programme delivery organisations

Resources on entrepreneurship, employability, citizenship and peacebuilding

Sponsorship for youth enablers to access training in any of the courses, fellowships, programmes offered by the Institute.

 

The estimated cost to set up the virtual Institute is N250M ($623 441). The LEAP Leadership Institute is a legacy for Africa and Africans, and we are seeking your collaboration to make it a reality. We appreciate your support and acknowledge your donations in the past. We call on you to partner with us and invite more people to join us on this journey of raising ethical leaders that will transform Africa. Together we can do this!

 

“Legacy is not what I did for myself but what I did for the next generation”. Vitor Belfort. Together we can do this!

Mar 11, 2021

Giving hope to the vulnerable in a pandemic

Dear Donor,

Happy New year.

The LEAP Africa COVID-19 Response launched out with a goal; to work through our network of social innovators and alumni members to reduce the pandemic's impact on the most vulnerable communities across Nigeria. Below are some of the actions we took:

Mamamoni is a Fintech social enterprise in Lagos to empower low-income rural and urban women with instant money loans to support/start small businesses. Nkem, the founder of Mamamoni, supported her network of women who depend on their daily income to survive and support their families. Their livelihoods were threatened, with their families at the risk of starvation.

Hope behind bars Africa provides access to justice for underserved inmates in Abuja. At the onset of the pandemic, with the restrictions placed on prison visits by the prison authorities, Funke, the founder of Hope Behind Bars, supported the inmates with food, toiletries and other essential daily needs.

Working with twelve social innovators across different states in Nigeria, sharing hope and love in bags of goodies, the vision for LEAP Africa COVID-19 response was to ensure that no family went to bed hungry. Mrs Agnes, a 65-year old widow who depends mostly on gifts from people to survive, lamented that the hope of receiving gifts from visitors was almost non-existent due to movement restrictions, and she had resigned herself to fate. However, during one of the outreaches, she happened to be a beneficiary.

After receiving her package, with her grandson's help, she was moved to tears and prayed fervently for the donors. The echoes were the same everywhere; Lagos, Kwara, Abuja, Kano, Nasarawa, Osun, Ondo, Delta, and Rivers.

Many community dwellers said they were weighed down not just by the fear of the virus itself but also by the uncertainty of where their next meal would come from. With 3,933 households and 17,588 individuals, we are grateful for your support on this journey, and together, we can do so much more.

Thank you for your donations.

Mar 10, 2021

We are LEAPing beyond Limitations

Dear Donor,

Our theme as an organization this year is ‘LEAPing beyond limitations’. What this means for us as an organization is that we are delighted to be LEAPing beyond the challenges of 2020 and looking to 2021 with so many possibilities. We are excited to see that schools have reopened, and our students and fellows have new aspirations.

First, we want to say thank you for all your donations in the past year and your continued support on this journey; the work we do in education with underserved students and youth. Second, our work in the last ten months has been altered due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we have continued to utilize digital innovations to keep our students and fellows in the iLEAD programme inspired as they continue to learn and impact their communities.

As you may remember, towards the end of 2020, we had a virtual graduation ceremony for some of our fellows in the programme and some were awarded for their outstanding contributions and dedication during the programme. Due to the pandemic, our fellows were unable to complete the programme cycle, and early in January 2020, we launched a programme extension, inducted a new set of youth peer educators who are passionate about community development to complete the cycle with the iLEAD students. In the last few weeks, these youth peer educators have been assigned to schools in the most marginalized neighbourhoods in Abuja, Nigeria, and also assigned to professional mentors to help them navigate their career as they serve their communities.

As you read this report, the iLEAD students with the support of the volunteers have commenced community change projects, contributing to the reality of the communities even in the face of the pandemic.

In the coming months, we will be glad to share the impact stories of the students and volunteers, and transformative agents in society.

 
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