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Apr 11, 2019

Literacy from the Bottom Up

Dear Amazing Leadership Initiatives and Respective Donors,

 

The high school summer programs are quickly approaching, and we here at Leadership Initiatives are looking forward to working with and shaping the future leaders of the world. Their solutions in our law, business, and medical programs have monumental impacts on an international scale. These shakers of tomorrow transform lives and allow for Nigerian business owners to make lasting change in their communities that can elevate the entire population.

 

In regards to our summer programs, a group of our students during a previous year’s program was able to take the issue of literacy from another direction, coming up with solutions that have proven to be tremendously successful during this past year. A team led by Morgan, one of our top interns at Leadership Initiatives, was partnered with an orphan care company. This Nigerian entrepreneur was looking for ways to teach the orphans English and other basic life skills, but was having difficulty even knowing where to begin. Morgan’s team gladly accepted the challenge, brainstorming ways to create a curriculum that could teach a variety of skills in an organized and clear-cut way. The final result? Morgan’s team created a picture book that taught the basic skills of hygiene through a combination of symbols and English words. Through this picture book, students would be able to learn the basic skills of life while simultaneously learning English and having fun coloring. This team’s ingenuity and unique perspective regarding the challenges of literacy training from the youngest ages was transformative for this entrepreneur. Almost a year later, these orphans are much more fluent in English and have all mastered the skills needed to pursue higher education and opportunities.

 

This solution, however amazing, would never have been funded without your contribution. Without your support, these picture books would never have been created, the orphans would have continued to struggle with English, and classroom time may have been used ineffectively. However, your donation made all this and more possible — by giving these orphans the tools they need to succeed, you played a direct role in their future education and the lives that they themselves will now be able to change as well.

 

Thank you so much for your generosity in helping us continue to empower students, entrepreneurs, and children around the globe. Through your aid, no matter how small, we can work together to make a difference. I thank you again for joining us on this journey!

 

Best,

 

The Leadership Initiatives Team

Apr 8, 2019

Young Leaders Making a Difference

Dear Amazing Leadership Initiatives and Respective Donors,

Because of your generous donations, individuals and communities throughout Bauchi State will be able to forge the connections necessary to solve local problems using existing community resources. This will create a new generation of innovative, resourceful leaders poised to catapult their neighborhoods, regions, and nations forward. Donor contributions make it possible to provide promising individuals with entrepreneurial, leadership and project management training. These young leaders then identify obstacles to development within their own communities, design workable solutions, and create sustainable business models to overcome those obstacles. Leadership Initiatives partners with local government and business leaders to renew democracies on a grassroots level by cultivating self-reliant leadership. Lastly, Leadership Initiatives approaches the problems of underdevelopment by empowering communities to address their own needs, which will and eventually aid in making Nigeria a stronger and more democratic nation.

Our students create novel solutions firmly grounded in principles of social entrepreneurship. We have previously created in Bauchi, Nigeria businesses in: fish farming, welding, tailoring, motorcycle repair & computer education with job placement. Currently this project will help Muhammad, a computer expert in Bauchi who provides repair and education services for his community.

Leadership Initiatives will be regularly providing updates and insight into Muhammad and this team's project as the months progress through GlobalGiving's reporting program. Of course, at any time you can request a project update to learn up to date info on how this project is progressing.

As a supporter of “James Madison High School Fighting for a Change”, Leadership Initiatives would love to have you involved if you ever want to help grow our programs, learn of ways you can participate or have new ideas on how this team could best help Muhammad. Please contact Executive Director Marshall Bailly at mbailly@lichange.org if you have any suggestions, questions, or comments! Your hard work and support is the greatest gift we could receive as we attempt to create a better world.

Thank you once again from the bottom of everyone's heart here at Leadership Initiatives. If you would ever like to speak to our staff in Nigeria or this specific project leader, we would love to communicate with you so you can personally see the change you are creating.

Wishing you, your family and your friends the absolute best!

Sincerely,

Leadership Initiatives

Apr 5, 2019

Falilat's Soap Business

Dear outstanding donor, 

Your support has allowed us to continue to foster the creation of small businesses in Nigeria that have impacted communities in ways unimaginable. We would like to share Falilat's inspiring story with you. 

Passionate about her work, Falilat strives to provide the best service to her clients with quality-
controlled products and prompt delivery. Although many members of the community rely on her
services on a day-to-day basis, Falilat never disappoints. In addition to providing much-needed soaps,
Falilat seeks to improve the lives of others; she currently has 1 employ who is a member of her local
community and seeks to help even more.

Falilat is a hardworking mother of four. She studied chemistry at her local university, where she
placed special focus on the chemistry of soaps. Driven by her newfound knowledge, she decided to open
up her own soap production business in 2015. Falilat heard about LI through a friend and decided that LI
was the missing piece to her business. For the last three years of business, Falilat has been widely
successful, allowing her to provide her children with a strong education.

Falilat makes liquid soap that can be used to wash plates, cars, clothes and any dirty surface; her
products are designed for use in households, hospitals, and even offices. Falilat has established
partnerships with many local hospitals and offices, supplying them with soap and detergent on a regular
basis. Rising demand among communities has also helped Falilat expand her distribution to individuals
seeking quality liquid soaps. LI has helped Falilat by providing her with funds when she first opened her
business, as well as, stickers and flyers. Those funds enabled her to expand her business and hire an
employee. Aside from physical objects, LI gives Falilat motivation to set new goals and to achieve them.

Once again, thank you for your continued support. Together we are all making a positive impact that is sure to last for generations.

Best Wishes,

Your friends at LI

 
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