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.
JOSHUA NGWAKAWA-2012 Graduate
Joshua Ngwakawa is a graduate of Computer Science and a holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA). He is currently pursuing a Certification program in CISCO and in Computer Science. Joshua came up with the idea for the Computer Literacy Project. Serving as an IT Instructor at the University of Maiduguri, he saw the opportunity to take the skills he acquired in his studies and offer them to a broader audience.
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) on computer skills. 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 people of Bauchi community. His effort along with that of his colleagues has helped to reduce a significant number of disabled beggars on the streets of Bauchi, and given many opportunities to obtain a job.
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.
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 new found 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. While financial limitations only allowed Hamza to send one of his children through secondary school, Hamza continued to work towards earning enough income to pay for his childrens’ education. Despite these efforts, Hamza simply could not afford to send more of his children to secondary school. 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 university education, (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 family could not afford to pay for schooling.
Before her involvement with LI-CGLAO, Salamatu had no source of income and helped her mother with their family’s care. She was dependent on her family; now she makes N200 – N400 daily more than enough to provide for herself. Salamatu now plays a vital role as a provider in her family. Her current goal is to gain admission into a local university to further her education in business management.
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. Muhammad 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 Muhammad’s 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 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 the number of hours required to provide for his family. Now, he can be assured that his family will continue to be well cared for because of the hard work and dedication shown by Muhammad.
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 his education. Hamza’s father is a local farmer who feeds on what he cultivates in the 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 financially help his father. Before, he would hardly earn N30 a day, but Hamza now makes at least N300 – N400 daily an income that allows Hamza to provide for not just himself but assist with his families needs. 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 on and equipped with a computer system. Halima now has a job with a Computer Business Centre, and she earns about N300 daily more than a livable wage for her to maintain her independence.
Like many of the other L.I. beneficiaries, Halima is planning of going back to school in the near future.
These individuals represent the potential for change and personal growth when given the opportunity to do so.
L.I. has been fortunate enough to work with so many incredible people around the world, those mentioned on this page represent a portion of stories that exist.
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.
Their children become free to attend school, their families are better nourished and they are able to improve their homes and neighborhoods. As their skills grow and develop they pass that training on to others, thus magnifying the reach of each development program.
The Birshi Community
The Birshi Community The entire village of Birshi has been integral to the success of the fish farming initiative from its inception. Use of 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 to sick and elderly villagers.
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 student 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 the support unemployed youth by designing businesses that would efficiently match teachable skill sets with existing community needs. Unemployed youth were brought into the dialogue as potential participants and it was their input that led to the selection of welding, tailoring, and motorcycle repair for apprenticeships to our newly created businesses. Because the demand for those skills is so great within the region, our trainees have enjoyed full employment immediately on 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 respect 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 benefit from a more productive integration. 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 it to conduct it by creating a computer cafe businesses.
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 and their disabled peers now look to them for inspiration and instruction as they seek to broaden their own horizons.
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, Salon, Car Mechanic, Plaster of Paris, Motorcycle Repair, Literacy Training, Photo Production, Chicken Farming, Cattle Farming, 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 can now afford to attend school
86 homes purchased by business employees
1350 people directly benefiting from these businesses
Business Expansion Programs: 2013-2014
Business expanded or opened to new markets: Fish Farming, Welding, Tailoring, Car Mechanic, Motorcycle Repair, Photo Production, Electrical Repair and Irrigation Farms
8 businesses have expanded their services
46 new men and women gained employment
136 more children can now afford to attend school
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 DC, 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, Cobbling, Carpentry, Car Mechanic, 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 skills training so they can get gainful employment within 2 years of their apprenticeships.