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.
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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.
One exceptional partner of Leadership Initiatives is Jafi Security Guard Limited, a successful security company that provides protection in one of the most dangerous locations in the world. Their work has positively impacted not only their community, but the entire nation, as they have expanded across Nigeria over the past ten years of operation. The commitment and leadership of the business' team is vital in such a dangerous occupation, especially in the company's work environment. The workers' earnest dedication displays the overall mentality embraced by LI, and we hope to further cooperate with Jafi Security as each worker carries out their immense responsibilities.
In 2007, Jafi Security Guard Limited opened its doors with a total of 75 personnel devoted to providing physical protection for both individuals and properties with which they are partnered. The company's success has led them to grow their total work force to 500 employees assigned to various locations across the country. Jafi Security not only brings safety to a variety of areas, but provides many employment opportunities to youths that would otherwise remain out of work. The business also remains consistent in assuring staff welfare, even going so far as to provide necessary assistance for the dependents of the company's workers. The care and safety Jafi Security implements into the business and its surroundings gives LI the opportunity to safeguard a number of Nigerian communities.
Partnering with a business like Jafi Security Guard Limited is a great opportunity for Leadership Initiatives to continue making a positive impact within Nigerian communities. By providing business support to Jafi Security, LI is able to ensure that the organization will continue to grow, and by doing so further the protection placed across the nation. The commitment shared by Jafi Security and LI will continue to benefit the people of Nigeria as we remain ardent in our enthusiastic efforts to bolster the Nigerian business.