Cold Hard Numbers
Leadership Initiatives changes lives. We train effective, self-reliant leaders. Our students learn vital leadership and project management skills by designing locally sustainable solutions to community problems. Each program they create brings new independence and vitality to countless individuals and the communities in which they live. Here are a just a few of the concrete numbers behind their successes.
Business Creation Programs: 2002-2014
Business created; Fish Farming, Welding, Tailoring, Computer Repair, Electrical Repair, Irrigation Farms, Carpentry, Salons, Car Repair, Building Renovation , Motorcycle Repair, Literacy Training, Photo Production, Chicken Farming, Cattle Farming, Shoe Cobbling, College Preparatory Education for Rural Students, Mobile Hospitals, English Literacy Training With Job Placement, Convenience Shops and more.
54 businesses created.
380 men and women gained employment.
490 children are now attending school, due to their parents increase in income.
86 homes purchased by business employees.
1350 family members directly benefiting from these businesses.
Business Expansion Programs: 2013-2014
Business expanded or opened to new markets; Fish Farming, Welding, Tailoring, Car Repair, Motorcycle Repair, Photo Production, Electrical Repair and Irrigation Farms
8 businesses have expanded their services.
46 new men and women gained employment.
136 children are now attending school, due to their parents increase in income. l
13 homes purchased by business employees.
460 people directly benefiting from these businesses.
International Business Alliance Program: 2008-2014
States and Countries have or have had International Business Alliance Programs; New York, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Texas, Missouri, Florida, California, Texas, Washington State, Kansas, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina, Colorado, Australia, Singapore and Thailand.
48 businesses have or are partnering with American students to solve important problems facing their businesses.
240 American high school students received college assistance, mentors and experience well beyond their peers.
$280,000 raised to provide skills training and matching loans for growing businesses in the developing world.
Orphan Care and Independence Program: 2012-2014
Businesses partnering to care for orphans and give them skills training; Fish Farming, Welding, Tailoring, Electrical Repair, Irrigation Farms, Shoe Cobbling, Carpentry, Car Repair, Motorcycle Repair and Photo Production.
67 Orphans have been given a place to grow and live.
29 Orphans have been able to attend school.
32 Orphans have received apprenticeships in tailoring, cobbling, farming and welding resulting in job placement for 13 individuals while the other 19 are completing their skills training.
Our students hone their leadership skills by equipping individuals with the tools to become self-sufficient within their local economies. Each initiative they design is carefully tailored to the needs and existing resources of the community in which it will be implemented.
While the specific skills taught in each program vary, the end result is the same: each participant achieves newfound independence while strengthening both his or her family and the local economy. As they become solidly established in their new trades our beneficiaries become leaders in their own right, teaching new skills and self-reliance to those around them.
HAMZA MUSA-FISH FARMING
Hamza was born in 1965 in Birshi village. He is married and cares for fourteen children. Hamza still resides in Birshi, a small village located in Bauchi State, Nigeria. In Birshi, Hamza was a local farmer, with little other marketable skills. With the little he had, Hamza sponsored one of his children through secondary school. Hamza worked to continue sponsoring his childrens’ education, but he could not afford it. After he became involved with LI-CGLAO, Hamza was introduced to fish farming.
Hamza is one of the fish farming project participants of LI-CGLAO. With this development, Hamza is now able to sponsor his first son’s higher institution, (now presently studying Business Administration at Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi) while three are in primary school. Hamza hopes to send all of his children to school in the near future.
SALAMATU MOHAMMED-TAILORING BENIFICIARY
Salamatu was born in 1991 in Yelwan Makaranta Bauchi, Bauchi State of Nigeria. She has eighteen siblings, and her father is a retired civil servant.
Salamatu completed her secondary school education in the year 2008, although she was not able to continue because her father couldn’t afford to sponsor her in a higher institution.
Before her involvement with LI-CGLAO, Salamatu had no source of income and helped her mother with the domestic work. She was dependent on her family; now she makes N200 – N400 daily. Salamatu now plays a vital role as a provider in her family. Her current goal is to gain admission into a higher learning institution to further her education.
MUHAMMAD ALI-MOTORCYLE BENEFICIARY
Muhammad Ali was born in 1983 at Yelwan Makaranta Bauchi, Bauchi State of Nigeria. He is the eldest of eleven children and he lost his mother at the age of 20. His father is a laborer and his earnings did not allow him to send most of his children to school. He worked hard just to be able to feed and provide shelter for his family.
Muhammad obtained his Primary School Certificate in 1996 and proceeded to Secondary School in 1998. Muhammad Ali has faced a lot of challenges during his secondary school education; with ten siblings, it was difficult for his father to afford to continue to sponsor his education.
Though Muhammad completed his secondary school education in 2004, he could not further his studies because his father was unable to pay his school fees any more. He too continues to have the goal of pursuing higher education in the coming years.
Muhammad had few options other than staying home or hanging around in the streets with other unemployed friends before he became involved with LI-CGLAO. Now, with the proceeds from his job, he is able to help his father provide for the family. As his father becomes older he is less able to work long hours of physical labor, but now he can be assured that his family will continue to be well cared for.
Another success story for Muhammad: he got married in June, 2009!
HAMZA YA’U-WELDING BENEFICIARY
Hamza was born in 1985 in Kofar Fada, but settled in Yelwan Makaranta of Bauchi, Bauchi State of Nigeria. He has thirteen siblings, and his father is a local farmer and petty trader.
Hamza did not attend school, because his father was unable to afford education. Hamza’s father is a local farmer who feeds on what he cultivates in rainy season and runs his trading business to cover home expenses during the dry season. Hamza helped his father during the farming period (rainy season), but didn’t have any employment during the dry season.
Through LI-CGLAO, Hamza has been able to help his father in many ways with his income. Before, he would hardly earn N30 a day, but Hamza now makes at least N300 – N400 daily. Hamza now intends to join an adult education program to learn how to read and write.
HALIMA MUHHAMAD SANI
Halima was born in 1992 in Bauchi, she is one of twelve children and still resides at Bauchi, Bauchi State, Nigeria. Halima was able to obtain a secondary school certificate in 2008, but due to limited opportunities and her physical handicap, she was unable to find employment and was begging on the street to survive.
Halima was also one of the Computer Training project beneficiaries of LI-CGLAO. She was trained and equipped with a computer system. Halima now has a job with a Computer Business Centre, and she earns about N300 daily (a livable wage for her to maintain her independence).
Like many of the other LI beneficiaries, Halima is planning of going back to school in the near future.
Our programs have a ripple effect throughout their host communities. As individual beneficiaries become more self-sufficient, they provide much-needed goods and services to the surrounding community at affordable prices.
The children of our beneficiaries are able to realize their dreams of attending school, their families are better nourished, and they are able to improve their homes and surrounding communities. As their skills grow and develop their skills are disseminated to others, thus increasing the reach and impact of each development program.
The Birshi Community
The entire village of Birshi has been integral to the success of the fish farming initiative from its inception. The land on which the holding tanks now stand was donated as a result of early stage design meetings with village leaders. The project’s initial participants were chosen through community-based committees. Various members of the village have assisted our farmers in establishing a stable market for the fish, while the farmers themselves have donated the smaller fish back to the community as a food source.
Morale throughout the village has improved as families have been able to make much-needed home repairs, build new homes, and send their children to school. By seeking community involvement from the earliest stages, our community leaders have been able to build on and strengthen the existing leadership structure in the village while developing independence and self-reliance in individual farmers.
Yelwan Makaranta Community
In Yelwan Makaranta, our community leaders sought to support unemployed youth by designing businesses that would efficiently match teachable skill sets with existing community needs. Unemployed youth were brought into the design phase of the program as potential participants. It was their input that led to the selection of welding, tailoring, and motorcycle repair as avenues for training and entrepreneurship. Because the demand for those skills is so great within the region, our trainees have enjoyed full employment immediately upon graduation.
As a result, their immediate and extended families are eating and living better, while the community as a whole is strengthened by the infusion of affordable local services. Taxi drivers are able to keep their motorcycles running, families are making long-overdue repairs to the metal doors and gates which keep their homes secure, and high quality traditional clothing is now accessible to families of limited means. Yelwan Makaranta is flourishing and growing because individual members of the community are becoming more self-sufficient.
Disabled individuals have very few opportunities for meaningful employment in Bauchi. Without marketable skills or the support of the surrounding community, they are often reduced to depending upon handouts for their support. Our community leaders recognized that both the community and its disabled citizens would could form relationships that were mutually beneficial. Our partners at Challenge Your Disability Initiative (CYDI) identified computer literacy training as both accessible to those with a wide range of physical limitations and sorely needed in the surrounding community. By capitalizing on our existing partnership with Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, our community leaders were able to provide both the computer training itself and a suitable location in which to conduct training.
The CYDI community selected our participants and provided them with technical assistance and basic computing facilities upon graduation. Each trainee has achieved new independence while providing much-needed typing, binding, and laminating services to the larger community. As our graduates have developed marketable skills their families and neighbors have begun to see them with new eyes. This incredible process has also inspired other disabled community members to increase their knowledge and skill sets.
Leadership Initiatives creates honest, independent leaders who are poised to effect lasting change throughout their nations and the world. Our student leaders participate in several weeks of intensive hands-on leadership training sessions during which they begin identifying root causes of underdevelopment and designing locally sustainable solutions.
We help them work closely with local business and community leaders throughout program design and implementation, thus strengthening and expanding existing leadership while establishing new standards for accountability and transparency. Highlighted below are just a few of our graduates and the successes they have gone on to have.
JOSHUA NGWAKAWA-2012 Graduate
Joshua Ngwakawa holds a bachelors degree in Computer Science and a a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA). He is currently pursuing a certification program in CISCO and in Computer Science . Serving as an IT Instructor at the University of Maiduguri, Joshua saw the opportunity to take the skills he acquired in his studies and offer them to a broader audience through a computer literacy project.
Due to his expertise and willingness to instruct students for free, his project became the most feasible of all project ideas suggested and gave him the opportunity to interact with NGOs, CBOs, Donor Agencies and other stakeholders on Youth and Women Development on ways to help less developed Nigerian communities. He has changed the way people teach computer science and how schools undertake new technologies within his community.
AMINU MUHAMMED-Current Student
Aminu Muhammad participated in the computer training program of Leadership Initiatives through LI-CGLAO partner Community Resource Centre (CRC). Aminu Muhammad is a Computer Science student of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi – Nigeria. Based on his experience, Aminu contributed immensely in LI-CGLAO development programs. He was able to use his skills in training some of the physically challenged members of the Bauchi community. His effort, along with that of his colleagues, providing a significant number of disabled panhandlers on the streets of Bauchi, giving opportunities to obtain employment.
Aminu is still participating in LI-CGLAO development programs. He is currently doing his Industrial Training (IT) with LI-CGLAO partner CRC, where he is acquiring more knowledge to improve his capabilities and contribute to his career of computing.
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