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Jun 5, 2012

GlobalGiving Matching Day June 13th

LI transforming lives through fish farming
LI transforming lives through fish farming
Dear Leadership Initiatives Donor,
In just a few days, Leadership Initiatives (LI) has the opportunity to significantly increase our funding and expand our global impact through the Global Giving Matching Day campaign.  We hope you will make your next donation on June 13, 2012 at www.LImatch.org. All donations made will be increased by 50% as long as matching funds matching funds are available. Because of this we are asking all donations be made by noon at www.LImatch.org

Before asking you to make a decision, we’d like to share the words of those lives you have changed.
  • Sani Abdu Fish Farming Business Owner "LI has given everyone in Bauchi so much, I can afford to send my children to school because of my business, my eldest son has become an LI Leader himself and owns a market stand and I have gone from a small farmer to a community investor!"
  • Lydia Shehu the first female poultry farmer in Bauchi “To me what I think of Leadership Initiatives, is to plant a seed of development both in your life and the life of others, so leadership initiatives is about building a small idea into greater perspective.” Lydia now employes several women and men and is helping other women become business owners in Bauchi. 
  • Hamza Ya'U welding business owner "LI has lifted me out of poverty and made me a community leader and I hope to return the favor through their Orphan Care Program, I want youths to be able to provide for their familes and build something better for our community and through Leadership Initiatives we will do just that!" Hamza is now training several orphans as skilled welders so they can soon earn money to support their families and one day own a businesses.
Established LI leadership trainees are now re-investing their earnings in their communities, providing education to family members, expanding their businesses, training new employees, and even loaning money to assist new LI trainees in launching their own businesses.  This is lasting change!

Global Giving Matching Day Details

 Date:  Wednesday, June 13th from 12:01 AM until 11:59 AM

Match:  50% matched through Global Giving.

Where:  www.LImatch.org

Leadership Initiatives has been able to expand and develop its programs through generous donations from individual supporters like you.  By making your contribution on the morning of June 13th at www.LImatch.org, you will increase the impact of your next donation by 50%. 

This will be the only time Leadership Initiatives asks you for a direct donation in 2012. 

Please join us in making a difference that lasts.

Sincerely,

Marshall Bailly and Khalifa Lawan

Executive Director and Nigeria Country Director 

creating jobs through tailoring initiatives
creating jobs through tailoring initiatives
building up skilled jobs like motorcyle repair
building up skilled jobs like motorcyle repair
creating new infrastructure with welding business
creating new infrastructure with welding business
creating affordable furniture  for Bauchi
creating affordable furniture for Bauchi
new computer education businesses
new computer education businesses

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May 3, 2012

Leadership Initiatives 2012 Transformation!!!

Signing Agreement for Kogi State Expansion
Signing Agreement for Kogi State Expansion

Dear Phenomenal Leadership Initiatives Supporters,

Leadership Initiatives Expansion has begun! It is with great pride to announce Leadership Initiatives has finalized its first partnership with the A3 Foundation run by Chief Aisha A. Auda-Emeje to expand our programs to Kogi State, Nigeria. This partnership will fund Leadreship Initiatives expansion to three new locations over the course of two years within Kogi State transforming hundreds of lives while creating new and innovative businesses that will in turn change thousands of lives throughout the State. 

Because of your kind and generous support our current programs in Bauchi State have become a shining example of how local development can be acheived throughout Nigeria and has attracted individuals from USAID, the State Department, GlobalGiving, Kogi State, Kaduna State and Oyo State governments. Every group that has visited our programs have walked away astonished by what we as a family and organization has acheived. 

In 2011, Leadreship Initiatives established that our programs can do what few if any other Nigeria development programs have ever acheived; community development through locally owned and sustained businesses that in turn are investing in new local leaders, businesses, and ideas that build better lives for all those involved.

In 2012, Leadership Initiatives will start to transform lives across the Globe, besides our current expansion into Kogi State Nigeria, Leadership Initiatives expansion committee is taking open applications for expansion into new countrires across the world who want to invest and support programs similar to the projects in Bauchi State. Current applicats include, Ghana, Kenya, Angola, Egypt, Burma, Romania and Jamica. If you have thoughts, connections or know of nations that would be ideal and would like to support Leadership Initiatives expansion into their country please contact me at mbailly@leadershipinitiatives.org 

 

2012 will also push how Leadership Initiatives impacts US students at the high school with our Business Alliance Program or BAP.  US students in high school will now receive SAT/ACT training, guidance during the college application process, and scholarship assistance while raising funding for business training in Nigeria. Each school will also be responsible for working with one business to help identify and solve one major infrastructure problem. These exchanges have already led to improved fish farming techniques (in turn raising capital and feeding more people then ever before), and better welding and tailoring techniques. Several U.S. students received scholarships for their efforts. This project is transforming our nations future leaders by giving them experience in business managment, creation and problem solving at an internatinal scale pushing them years beyond their peers. 

These success have also lead to our first BAP program at the University level with Georgetown University. Students within Georgetown have helped Leadership Initiatives refine our Orphan Care Program to meet with international standards that will protect and help grow orphans in the projects care while ensuring they receive skills training so they can one day provide for their family. Other Georgetown Students created new fish farming methods for Bauchi State fish farmers, brought Leadership Initiatives to the attention of the Nigeria Caucus from the United State Congress and are currently working with Leadership Initiatives Board Members to create even greater accounting and transparency measures for projects. This has lead to Leadership Initiatives being named Georgetown Universities Partner of the year from the Georgetown University Center for Social Justice. 

In the coming weeks Leadership Initiatives Bauchi State Program will begin taking new applicants for its fall 2012 class, current interested applicants include both a son and daughter of previous Leadership Initiatives Leaders who if accepted will be the 2nd and 3rd second generation leaders for LI. Last year we accepted Hamza Musa son Mohammad of our Fish Farming programs who went on to create a new market business to sell fish and other farming products to the local community giving them greater access to affordable and healthy food.

I look forward to announcing even greater achievements later this year because of supporters like you. So thank you from the bottom of everyone's heart here at Leadership Initiatives. If you would ever like to speak to our staff on the ground, a project leader, one of our Business Alliance student participants, we would love to set up a Skype chat for you.

We would also love to 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. 

Wishing you, your family and your friends the absolute best from your family here at Leadership Initiatives!!!!

Sincerely,

Marshall

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Marshall Bailly II
Executive Director
Leadership Initiatives
4410 Massachusetts Ave., NW #236
Washington, DC 20016
(p) 202-465-4796 (f) 202-280-1221
www.LeadershipInitiatives.org

Group Photo from Signing
Group Photo from Signing
Previous State Department Visit to LI Programs
Previous State Department Visit to LI Programs
Tailor
Tailor
Binghamton Business Alliance Program Students
Binghamton Business Alliance Program Students
Car Mechanics at work
Car Mechanics at work
Khalifa & Ambassador Jeter former amb to Nigeria
Khalifa & Ambassador Jeter former amb to Nigeria
Tailor at work
Tailor at work
Feb 7, 2012

LI Gala February 17th at the Nigerian Embassy

Gala Invite
Gala Invite

Dear Friend

I have exciting news: Leadership Initiatives will be hosting our sixth annual Gala for Global Change at the Nigerian Embassy on February 17th celebrating Nigeria’s 51 years of independence. This is the first time Leadership Initiatives history that we have been selected as the opening event for the Nigerian embassy’s event season. 

In 2010, Leadership Initiatives hosted the largest attended event at the Nigerian Embassy with over 300 participants, a record we plan to beat in 2012.  

This year, Leadership Initiatives has tapped diverse talents to create a beautiful showing of local and professional artists and artisanal producers from around the world to enhance this special event. Join international dignitaries, US officials and local celebrities at the Nigerian Embassy for a dazzling night of artisanal food and cocktails, a silent art auction with several surprise live auction items, and Leadership Initiatives 1st Annual Service Awards ceremony.

Leadership Initiatives Sixth Annual Gala For Global Change

 Date: February 17th, 2012

Time:  6 p.m. V.I.P. Preview $100

7-9 p.m. General Admission $35

Where: Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 3519 International Court NW Washington, D.C. 20008 

Please bring friends, dates, parents, potential supporters and professionals. Your attendance will help Leadership Initiatives expand on the successes of 2011, notably the launching 24 new business initiatives in the fields of mechanics, carpentry, electronic repair, tailoring, farming and transportation. New leaders were created as graduates reinvested in Leadership Initiatives programs along with our first orphan care program, providing the communities’ first outreach, job training, care and education program for disadvantaged orphans. 

This year's event is being hosted by the Nigerian Ambassador to the United States, the honorable, Dr. Adebowale Ibidapo Adefuye, who will be in attendance. V.I.P Preview tickets are available to allow a small group of attendees to have a more intimate experience with the attending diplomats and artists. 

More information and tickets are available on the Art Gala website at: 

www.LIgala.org

We hope you will join us as we celebrate a momentous year of growth and development both here and in Nigeria. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Marshall Bailly, Lynsie Hall and  Khalifa Lawan

Executive Director, Gala Committee Chair and Field Programs Manager-Nigeria

Gala Invite 2
Gala Invite 2
Hamzi Graduate
Hamzi Graduate
 
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