To our amazing Donors,
In the past two years, TSDI has tried to fulfil our goals to improve communities through supporting volunteer community builders to gain practical leadership and executive skills from implementing community-driven development projects. This goal would have been impossible to accomplish without your help, and we remain grateful.
In this report, I want to share the story of one of the mentees of the SI4DEV Partners Training Program 2018 Class, who went on to complete a pilot project, and then was trained with TSDI support as one of the assistant coaches for the Street Business School by SI4DEV project. Please hear from him directly...
"I joined Strategy Innovation for Development Initiatives sometimes in 2017 (when I registered and began training as part of Bayelsa location group), and graduated as a Partner-member of an organization coming to become a household name and social impacting platform in Nigeria. As I write, SI4DEV now exceed presence more than 27 states of Nigeria.
My sole interest for joining SI4DEV stems from my undying passion and quest to impact my immediate environment with whatever the LORD of gifts has endowed me beginning with my parents strength to that which is intangible up to concrete endowment.
Spanning two decades and counting, I have been involved in active volunteering services from religious circle to social ones; and I have no regrets for the efforts I have been part of. Rather, it swells my gratitude that in one way or the other God who owns my breath has permitted that I be meaningful to some people.
Year 2018 and 2019 were hell for me, filled with troubles, accusations, deprivation. I lost everything I had including my job and was reduced to nothing but a beggar: survived suicide three times. From a comfortable station to a face me and face you apartment (one room) and sharing one bathroom and toilet with more than five (5) persons.
But I am yet grateful to God and to everyone that I called and begged from at that time who responded to me kindly. Thank you all!
Amidst this dilemma of mine, in June/July 2019, SI4DEV advertised a program which although filling frustrated and fed up of life, I filled the form and I received a positive response as I was named among Assistant Coaches Bayelsa location. And in August Coach Trish who doubles as the SI4DEV Operations Manager, Nigeria flew into Yenagoa and conducted and intensive training for the three of us Tonye, Henry, and Monisola.
STREET BUSINESS SCHOOL – MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
Without hesitation, our classes began in earnest. God having it with the benevolence of our first Assistant Coach in Bayelsa State, I was encouraged to take the first class, with emphasis on LEAVING YOUR COMFORT ZONE. From teaching others, I started measuring my own advantages, things I could maximize to feed myself in order to be fit to help others. I thought of what I can do which I never acquired from a formal training… And that is it, I can wash, I mean that I really enjoy washing, cleaning.
But how do I put it to work. In Bayelsa, we buy water, and that alone kills me. It was bad that sometimes I couldn’t afford a bucket to even bath not to talk of cooking. Hence, I planned and relieved after an intensive survey.
In the month of February, I finally took the giant stride. I decided to move from Bayelsa State to a neighboring State, Delta. Where God blessed me with the presence of well-water, and there I launched an SME. I started Smiles Laundry and Cleaning Services. I started with #500 hundred naira. And my customer base daily growing. Although I am yet to rent an office because in the present I cannot afford such, I practice happily and successfully from home. I like for this program to continue, it is changing pattern, causing a paradigm shift among unskilled market persons in Nigeria. Thanks to SBS!
I therefore, recommend that any kind heart individual reading me via our website should robustly support SI4DEV to do more. We are here to socially impact our society. Let me say now, SI4DEV through the platform of SBS is giving life and adding meaning to the hopeless and forgotten ones. I am testifying to that."
This is one life out of many that has been uplifted and is thanks to your support and funds raised by you. Your efforts have enabled us to be able to make a difference in the lives of our Nigeria affiliates.
Once again, thank you for your dedication to our cause; the help that you have given us has come a long way in helping TSDI and SI4DEV support our partners and participants.
Here's wishing you, your friends, and your family a great month!