Dear Amazing Leadership Initiatives and Respective Donors,
Because of your generous donation, we have been able to unite hundreds of students worldwide for a great cause; to help many business owners all across Bauchi have business training to improve their innovative businesses like never before. These businesses are a statement of independence, for it is about the people of Nigeria saying they can control their own destinies, that they can provide for their families and loved ones, and no longer have to worry about providing educational resources and opportunities for their children and immediate family.
Furthermore, our students create novel solutions firmly grounded in principles of social entrepreneurship. We have previously helped businesses in Bauchi, Nigeria in; Counter Insurgency and Business Relations, technology and Innovation, Orphan Care, and Empowering Women. This project will help train new community university campus security, engineers and empowered women who will open up new shops, and new businesses which will initiate community improvement.
Many students created fantastic solutions, including one team which created a free and highly effective solution for the Maiduguri University of Nigeria’s Security Force. Rather than using costly CCTV cameras to fight petty theft at the campus, students proposed to enact an anonymous tip line. With the use of WhatsApp or any other cellular communication system, students and faculty can seamlessly be connected to security personnel. With Apps like WhatsApp, information that is sent is encrypted, making it a secure line. Security Guards on patrol at the University also have access to smart phones, allowing them to receive the tip from the Intelligence Officers. As a byproduct of using a cellular communication system, this can substitute the need for Walkie Talkies.
Because of you and your generosity, we have been able to continue our efforts and develop independent profit-generating businesses that serve as models for growth in surrounding communities. Project beneficiaries fill voids in the local economy while improving their families' health, education and financial stability. Previous leaders have sent their brothers, sisters and children to school, helped invest in new businesses within the community, offered new services to community members such as the disabled, establishing infrastructure for the future growth of Nigeria.
Leadership Initiatives will be regularly providing updates and insight into these projects as the month's progress through GlobalGiving reporting program. Of course, at anytime you can request a project update to learn up to date info on how this project is progressing.
As a supporter of the "International Leadership and Business Summit 2017", Leadership Initiatives would love having you involved. If you ever want to help grow our programs, learn ways you can participate, or have new ideas on how to develop our programs please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your hard work and intelligence is the greatest gift we could receive as we try 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 on the ground, a project leader, one of our International Leadership and Business Summit student participants, we would love to set up a Skype chat for you, so you can personally see the change you are creating.
Wishing you, your family and your friends the absolute best!!!!
The Orphan Independence and Skills Program is one of the highlights of Leadership Initiatives’ work. In addition to providing food, shelter, and other supervision for orphans, the program emphasizes that the orphans take responsibility for their own communities. Recognizing education as one of the primary challenges facing disadvantaged youth, the program first and foremost emphasizes literacy. It targets several areas, including basic mathematics, English language skills, physical education, social studies, and home economics.
As a result of the orphans’ literacy education, orphans can also develop the skills needed in a trade of their interest. Ultimately, the program allows orphans to hone specific skills to benefit their communities in the long run, not just the short run.
One project, completed in collaboration with Leadership Initiatives’ Youth Development Program, is the Hamilton Irrigation Farm. By working with American high school students who developed a specific business plan for Nigerian farm owner Muhammadu Shehu, the Youth Development Program created a plan to increase Shehu’s range of irrigation and organize his finances in order to increase his profit and his yield. The irrigation farm is essential, Program Director Umar Muhammad emphasizes. “Demand is high for fruits and vegetables,” he explains, and the farm grants community members access to fresh produce all year. The farm creates additional jobs for people, who are consequently able to send their children to school. Shehu himself cares for 19 orphans, who greatly benefit from the resources provided by the irrigation farm.
Yet another notable project is Gandhi Cell Phone Repair. Ibrahim Usman, whose parents passed away, lives with his uncle and sister. In collaboration with another team of American high school students, a business plan was created which aimed to expand Mobile Tech, a cell phone repair business started by Usman. By launching a marketing campaign including business cards, flyers, promotions, and a new website, the project aims for growth in a very competitive cell phone repair market. Ultimately, Usman intends on helping his sister financially and continuing to pay for his own education. He is currently studying microbiology.
These are just two examples of Leadership Initiatives’ Orphan Independence and Skills Program, which, in collaboration with the Youth Development Program, creates sustainable models to give orphans the skills to improve both their communities and their own lives. Leadership Initiatives continues to stay true to our goal of empowering individuals to take control of their own circumstances, and we appreciate everyone that aids us in our mission.
Leadership Initiatives partners with several business owners that play a major role in their communities. We believe that supporting the business with innovative solutions will, in turn, help better the community as a whole. Our International Business Alliance Program (IBAP) enables us to work with promising young leaders to develop innovative ideas for our business partners in Nigeria. These ideas range from simple solutions to inventive creations, enabling our business owners to enhance their organizations through creative, cooperative thinking.
One example of the exciting changes brought about by IBAP is displayed through our work with a catering business in Nigeria, owned by a young woman named Rabi. After graduating from secondary school, Rabi took the initiative to start her own organization. Leadership Initiatives partnered with Rabi and now provides her with business support and classes to encourage her passions and further her entrepreneurial acumen. A designated IBAP team worked with Rabi to create practical solutions for some of the problems she encountered while running her business. The team strategized ways to best preserve food by means of particular storing techniques, natural ingredients, and preservatives. The simple, effective ideas helped Rabi better her business and provided new ways for her to distinguish herself from other local catering services.
IBAP teams work hand-in-hand with our business partners to provide otherwise unavailable expertise and underpinnings. The LI staff prioritizes cooperation and personalization to understand individual problems and create effective business plans. Our business partners are then able to invest in their communities by generating jobs and strengthening customer relationships. The dedicated efforts of our LI staff and business partners catalyze changes made in individual lives and communities, allowing us to further progress our mission.