Dear Lead Us Today Supporter,
The year 2014 has been off to a great start and we would like to share this with you.
At the end of last year, our students completed the first part of our curriculum, which has a strong emphasis on training them on adaptive leadership and strategic thinking and planning. They also began the project brainstorming process in which they identified community development projects they would like to implement. Additionally, we held student seminars in Bulawayo, Gweru and Esigodini at the end of the 2013 academic school year, in which student representatives from our partner schools met to share and exchange ideas, experiences and thoughts on Lead Us Today and community work.
Continuing from this foundation work, students have started compiling project proposals and reaching out to various stakeholders in preparation for the socially innovative projects they will implement over the next few months. Some potential projects include equipping physically challenged individuals with arts and crafts skills and empowering orphans. The former involves teaching physically challenged individuals to make unique bags using natural resources such as reed grass. These green bags will be sold and the profits will be used to sustain the growth of the project while providing income flows for the physically challenged. The latter will see students teaching orphaned children how to make candles and sell these in order to finance their education. The candles are in great need in many areas due to the frequent power outages experienced in many areas in our country.
We established the Alumni Association for former Lead Us Today students to stay engaged even after they graduate from high school. They had a training session in which they gained basic skills on project management and problem analysis. In their efforts, they will continue with community work and have also started identifying activities to initiate in and around their communities. A few initiatives include generating alternative energy sources for high density areas which are most affected by power cuts; and teaching pre-teens in less privileged communities critical thinking skills through playing chess.
The most exciting news we have to share is that Lead Us Today was invited to participate in the 1st Global Forum on Drug Use Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The Forum which ran from 10-14 February was organised by the Colombo Plan Advisory Programme and the National Rehabilitation Centre and was created to address the ever growing risk of drug experimentation, use and abuse among the youth. There were 47 countries represented with over two hundred delegates in attendance.
Lead Us Today’s representatives were the CEO and Founder, Dalumuzi Mhlanga; one student from Nkulumane High School, Priviledge Nyathi and one of our leadership facilitators from Gweru, Philip Ndaba.
Most exciting, Lead Us Today came first place in the project proposal competition, which was part of the forum. For us to come top in a competition of such global scale speaks to the high quality of our work and our potential to develop many more young leaders and entrepreneurs. The proposed project aims to engage young people to lead enterprising lives and to steer away from using illicit drugs. Youths will undergo a series of trainings that educate them on the negative effects of drug and substance abuse.
Lead Us Today’s participation at the event is a means of demonstrating that engaging youth in various initiatives will build a generation of engaged and socially responsible citizens, who will steer away from irresponsible behaviour and adopt positive attitudes and to lead personal and community development efforts.
All of this would not be possible without your continuous support. Thank you for helping us raise close to $5,000 in the month of December. We greatly appreciate this support.
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