Computer trainees prepare to share their new skills with other disabled individuals...
Meet some of the individuals who have come together to make this project a reality.
COMPUTER LITERACY FOR THE DISABLED
Life for those with physical disabilities is especially difficult in Bauchi state. Faced with severe social stigmas in a region where unemployment is already extremely high, these individuals are frequently reduced to begging in the streets in order to feed themselves. LI student leaders decided to show both the disabled and their surrounding communities that proper training could enable them to live independently and with dignity.
After determining that computer processing and internet navigation skills are particularly accessible to people with a wide range of physical limitations, our student leaders sought training that would enable them to share those skills with others. Working in collaboration with the First Lady of Bauchi's Challenge Your Disability Initiative (CYDI), which provides job skills training to disabled persons, LI student leaders then conducted extensive computer training sessions for twenty handicapped individuals. Each graduate also received a personal computer and basic business and financial training as part of the program.
Two of our computer training graduates are now seeking further training, while the remaining eighteen are employed either within CYDI itself or on their own as private entrepreneurs. As word has spread of their new skills, people within the surrounding communities have begun bringing typing, binding, and laminating work to our trainees. Our graduates are also training others who will eventually have the opportunity to work under their supervision. They are thus providing needed services within the community while sharing their newfound autonomy with others.
In 2008 Leadership Initiatives launched its first Regional Leadership Development Program in Bauchi State, Nigeria.
FISH FARMING INITIATIVE
Equips subsistence farmers with the skills and tools to develop a cash crop.
SKILLS ACQUISITION INITIATIVE
Provides unemployed youth with marketable skills and job placement.
COMPUTER LITERACY INITIATIVE
Equips disabled individuals with business computing skills.