Literacy Training to Transform Lives

by Leadership Initiatives
Nam and his team
Nam and his team
Dear LI Donors Dedicated To Creating A Brighter World,
I am excited to inform you of two US high school teams working to provide new English training for Orphans our business owners are caring for.
The first group we would like to highlight are Bella and Anna are who have been primarily working with our Nigerian partner, Umar, on creating a children's book for the orphans.
From the students themselves
The book aims to teach the children the alphabet, basic numbers, basic colors and basic shapes. It is equipped with the English and Hausa translation of each color, shape, etc. along with the pronunciation of each English word that the children are trying to learn. The book uses pictures to help the children understand what each page is trying to convey.
Finding pictures was originally challenging seeing as we were using images of commonly found things in America, not really focussing on what was common in Nigeria. For example, we put a picture of an octopus for the "O" page, but Umar advised us to put a picture of an onion instead to make the picture more relatable to the orphans.
With the help of Marshall and Umar we were able to successfully create a very simple, child-friendly resource for the orphanage to use to teach the orphans. The book is being printed and laminated by Umar right now! 
The next group lead by Nam are creating an online learning program to use sounds, animation and more to teach English to Orphans who are in the Bauchi area that can come to the LI office three days a week for literacy training.
These lessons are designed by both the students and Umar and are continually updated by the orphans, the students and Umar himself and is now being used by both the orphans and their caretakers to teach both parties English at the same time. 
Attached in the report is a link to the online site we are using to teach the Orphans and we encourage you to view it!
Once again thank you for your support it is more than we could have ever hoped for.
Wishing you a wonderful spring from the entire LI family
Team creating alphabet website
Team creating alphabet website

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Dear Amazing Leadership Initiatives and Respective Donors,

Because of your generous donation, you have made it possible for us to begin to break down the language barrier and communicate with our business leaders in Nigeria. In Nigeria, they do not speak English, but Hausa. Although much progress is being made, Nigerian business owners have had problems expanding to new neighborhoods due to the language barrier. Our goal is to completely break this down.

Because all business transactions are done in English, business owners that do not speak the language cannot expand. This problem is mostly prevalent in the youth population of Nigeria. Therefore, this project will directly address youth literacy training to gain employment or better support their business sponsor. 

To address this, Leadership Initiatives will train 15 young business owners with basic English and language skills over the next year. Not only does this effect 15 young business owners, but through the use of business cards, effects upwards of 100 people. This will allow many more people to gain access to employment and encourage other youth to come to Leadership Initiatives for both literacy and job training. Our goal is to educate young leaders of the country so that one day they can transform their own country for the better.

While teaching business owners literacy skills, we are also offering literacy training to orphans and those who take care orphans. Recently, our IBAP team has developed a booklet to help both business owners and orphans learn the alphabet. From A-Z, there is a page for every letter including, the letter in both upper and lower cases, a word that begins with the given letter, a picture and pronunciation of the word, and the translated word in Huasa, their native language.

Without your generosity, this would not be possible. You have allowed us an opportunity to continue our efforts and develop independent profit-generating businesses that serve as models for growth in surrounding communities.

Director of Operations Marshall Bailly stated,

"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 Global Giving’s reporting program. Of course, at any time you can request a project update to learn up to date info on how this project is progressing.

As a supporter of "Literacy in Nigeria”, 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 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 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 on the ground, a project leader, one of our Business Alliance 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 the best!

Sincerely,

Austin

Assistant Director of Special Projects

Dear Amazing Leadership Initiatives amd Respective Donors,

Because of your generous donation, you have made it possible for us to begin to break down the language barrier and communicate with our business leaders in Nigeria. In Nigeria, they do not speak English, but Hausa. Although much progress is being made, Nigerian business owners have had problems expanding to new neighbordhoods due to the language barrier. Our goal is to completely break this down.

Because all business transactions are done in English, business owners that do not speak the language can not expand. This problem is mostly prevelant in the youth population of Nigeria. Therfore, this project will directly address youth literacy training to gain employment or better support their business sponser. 

To address this, Leadership Initiatives will train 15 young business owners with basic English and launguage skills over the next year. Not only does this effect 15 young business owners, but through the use of business cards, effects upwards of 100 people. This will allow many more people to gain access to employment and encourage other youth to come to Leadership Initiatives for both literacy and job training. Our goal is to educate young leaders of the country so that one day they can transform their own country for the better.

In recent years, we have been able to hire two new translators to assisnt in tearing down the language barrier. Their names are Rashida and Martin. They help business leaders who do not speak English communicate to potential customers since most all transactions are done in English.

Without your generousity, this would not be possible. You have allowed us an opportunity  to continue our efforts and develop independent profit-generating businesses that serve as models for growth in surrounding communities.

Director of Operations Marshall Bailly stated,

"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's reporting program. Of course, at any time you can request a project
update to learn up to date info on how this project is progressing.

As a supporter of "Literacy in Nigeria",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 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 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 on the ground, a project leader, one of our Business Alliance 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 the best!

Sincerely,

Austin

Assistant Director of Special Projects

Dear Cherished Donor,

 

We would like to express our gratitude for your help in growing Leadership Initiatives into the organization it is today; every single contribution has made a significant step towards achieving our goals. In this letter, I would like to display the fruits of your efforts. As you may recall, in an earlier report, we introduced Abdulhadi, a hard working, driven individual, who opened his own tailoring shop with the help of Leadership Initiatives. One of the biggest challenges facing Abdulhadi and his employees was the language barrier, which kept him from interacting with his customers and suppliers. In the face of adversity, Abdulhadi worked hard to improve his English through Leadership Initiatives’ Literacy Training Program; after coming a long way, Abdulhadi and his employees are thankful for your investments in their success. In fact, Abdulhadi wanted Leadership Initiatives to pass a sincere letter to those who helped him along the way.

 

We will like to say thank you for helping us learn how to communicate with customers who understand English language only. We have more advantage than most of our competitors, especially after we made this great achievement. In terms of our job we are really good, but with learning English it made us the best. We lost many customers before because of our English skills, but now we are much better

 

I am grateful and excited for being with Leadership Initiatives and those who donated to support us from beginning up to this moment. We thank you very much and God bless.

 

Best,

Abdulhadi

Today, Abdulhadi works with Leadership Initiatives’ media teams to create business videos and narrations that improve publicity. His English skills have significantly improved to the point where they give him a huge advantage as a business owner and as an individual. All of these achievements could not have been possible without your help.

Once again, we cannot thank you enough for your dedication to our cause; the help that you have given us has come a long way in helping Leadership Initiatives prosper. If you would like to learn more about our business creation programs, please visit our new website at www.lichange.org.  There you can find out about their personal stories, meet members of the community, view photo galleries, or even set up a skype call with a business owner!

Also if you had a moment could you tell us why you donated and how you heard of us, we are always trying to better refine our message and reach more people with our call to change. Wishing you, your friends and especially your family the absolute best this summer!

 

Sincerely,

Marshall Bailly and the entire Leadership Initiatives Family

_____________________________

Marshall Bailly II

Executive Director

Leadership Initiatives

4410 Massachusetts Ave., NW #236

Washington, DC  20016

(p) 202-465-4796  (f) 202-280-1221

www.LIchange.org

Dear Amazing Leadership Initiatives Supporter,

I cannot thank you enough for sponsoring literacy training for our business owners! By doing this you are not only encouraging them to expand their horizons you are also expanding the markets that they are working in and the lives they are improving. 

One prime example is Hamza whose business as a business owner can now communicate with their US high school business partners on a regular basis and in-turn learn new welding techniques that they will use to transform homes and businesses within his community. 

Below is the story of Hamza whose business you transformed. Once again thank you for making all of this possible! 

Hamza Welders

Business Type: Welding
Business Owner: Hamza
Location: Wunti market, Bauchi state
Business Production Capacity: Around twelve (12) projects in a month, including (but not limited to) production of kiosks, doors, windows and gates
Number of People Employed: 6
People Directly Benefitting from the Business: 22
Employees’ Children who are attending school: 16

The Hamza Welders Story

Hamza, the son of a local farmer, was born in 1985 at Kofar Fada, but then later settled at Yelwa Markaranta of Bauchi. His father could not afford to send him or his thirteen siblings to school. Therefore, he spent most of his time helping his father on the farm during the rainy season.

Hamza Welders was established in July of 2009 after Hamza become part of Leadership Initiatives’ Business Creation Program. During the course Hamza learned how to own and operate a business, and once he received funding for his business idea, Leadership Initiatives provided skills training for Hamza and his employees.

During their skills training sessions, Hamza and his team completed community welding projects to showcase what his business could do, creating demand before it even opened. By August of 2009 Hamza’s welding business was in high demand within the Yelwa Markaranta community. LI’s intervention greatly transformed his life, as well as that of his family. Due to his training in welding, he now earns about N300 – N400 daily, giving him the ability to financially support himself and his family.

This is especially important when a family member is ill or has a special need. He has even been able to help send four of his siblings to school. In addition, Hamza continues to further his own education by enrolling in adult classes that he did not have access to prior to his affiliation with Leadership Initiatives.

Hamza has realized that he has three key problems to creating a fully successful welding business; continually learn new welding techniques so he can stay a leader in his business, create new ways to advertise his business to his local community to continually gain new costumers and create a stronger financial management system so he can keep his inventory stocked and his prices as competitive as possible.

This is when the Hamza and his Welding shop turned to us, the Minot International Business Alliance Program to help them create a successful business.

This partnership has been made possible through you and owe much of their success to your support. 

Once again Leadership Initiatives and everyone within our family and community would like to thank you for your support and would love 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@lichange.org. Your hard work and intelligence is the greatest gift we could receive as we try and create a better world. 

Wishing you a wonderful Spring,

Marshall and the entire Leadership Initiatives Family

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

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Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.leadershipinitiatives.org
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Marshall Bailly
Washington, DC United States

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