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Jul 20, 2020

Supporting a Small Business in Bauchi

Dear Amazing Leadership Initiatives and Respective Donors,

Your donations will empower individuals and communities across Bauchi State, Nigeria, giving them the opportunity to form connections and address local issues using community resources. This will create a generation of leaders given the platform to encourage progress that starts at the local level but impacts many more. Contributions from donors give promising individuals access to entrepreneurial, leadership and project management training. These leaders then identify developmental obstacles within their communities, design practical solutions, and create sustainable business models to overcome those obstacles.

Our students create novel solutions firmly grounded in principles of social entrepreneurship. We have previously created in businesses northern Nigeria businesses in: fish farming, welding, motorcycle repair, and computer education with job placement. Currently, Winona Senior High School will be partnering with one such business in Bauchi to provide its staff with solutions that will help expand the business by increasing profits and employing more community members. The Winona Senior High School students will be prompted to develop effective approaches financial management, advertising, and branding. Your encouragement of this project will truly help change lives across the globe, as these small businesses act as models of public service and centers of change.

As a supporter of Winona Senior High School's project, 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 their business partner. 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

Jul 17, 2020

Connecting Students and Entrepreneurs for Success

Dear Amazing Leadership Initiatives Donors,

 

We are currently fresh into 2020, and our reach keeps expanding rapidly all thanks to all of our supporters. Due to this tremendous support, we have more IBIP teams and business partners than ever before. We couldn't done it without your kindness.

 

This past summer, students at Leadership Initiative's International Leadership and Business Tier I and Tier II Summits were offered the chance to apply to form IBIP teams of their own. These students were granted this opportunity after their success working with various partners in Nigeria, including an autobody repair shop, orphan care centers, tailoring businesses, farmers, and carpentry. During this experience, students also received guidance from experts, such as business CEOs, mentors from the State Department, and members of the Nigerian Embassy. Our students' hard work allowed for businesses in Nigeria to receive the support they need, and we also were able to start several new businesses from scratch because of their amazing proposals.

 

Now, many students from these summer programs have joined LI through the International Business and Internship Program (IBIP), and they have become a part of a similar, year-long commitment to their business partners. With such a spectacular increase in IBIP teams this academic year, we are especially appreciative of any donations. To all of the donors that have allowed us to reach this success: we cannot thank you enough!

 

We thank you again to our donors and supporters because you truly make a big difference in our reach. By supporting us, you are supporting communities in sub-Saharan Africa who are grateful for your contribution. Your generosity has helped us create more job opportunities for both adult business owners and orphans. Change can happen anywhere at anytime - and by helping us, you are affecting lives halfway across the world. Thank you again for all that you do!

 

Thanks,

 

The Leadership Initiatives Team

Jul 17, 2020

Bringing English Literacy to Orphans in Nigeria

Dear Generous Donors and Supporters of Leadership Initiatives,

 

As you may be aware, Leadership Initiatives hosts a series of summer programs each year at Georgetown University. These internships, although short in duration, allow students to work with a Nigerian business and produce real-life solutions that have the capability of changing lives across the globe. In addition, Leadership Initiatives' International Business Internship Program has recently begun again, which provides teams of high school students with a year-long business partner and the opportunity to generate progress in developing communities. Students who participate in these programs have been able to transform businesses and communities through their hard work, creativity, and perseverance.

We are happy to report that Leadership Initiatives students will be partnering with a local orphanage in Bauchi State through our programs, thus allowing these orphans to get more attention and thoughtful problem solving than they ever have in the past. In the past, students have come up with solutions for teaching the orphans hygiene and other basic life skills necessary for advancing in today’s modern society. Now that the orphans are well-versed in the fundamentals, our students now have the opportunity to tackle the problem that this GlobalGiving project intends to fix: literacy difficulties. Through Leadership Initiatives, students can address the issues of curriculum and education, ensuring that the orphans are proficient in both Hausa and English in order to guarantee maximum success in the future. By breaking down the barriers between these two languages, orphans will be able to tackle the challenges of the modern world in a way that can completely transform their lives. 

Of course, none of these opportunities for LI students and partners would be available without your donations, which is why we here at Leadership Initiatives are so eternally grateful for your help. Although the ability to speak English is something we often take for granted, your donations and support are paramount in our mission to bring this linguistic advantage to people across the globe. We cannot emphasize enough what your donations mean to us and, more importantly, to the orphans across the globe. Thank you again for everything you’ve done, and we’ll keep you updated as to how your dollars are directly impacting the lives of dozens in Nigeria. 

 

Wishing you a wonderful day, 

The Leadership Initiatives Team

 
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