International Leadership &
Business Internship Summit
Team: Jolie Orphan Care
Our Life-Changing Project
Business Owner:Tamar Davou Dinju
Story of the business
The Orphan Care and Independence Program was originally developed in response to request from LI Business Owners. Once they had gotten their own business off the ground, they wanted to give back to the community by taking in orphans. In order to ensure that all of the orphans taken in were both treated well and working towards the mastery of some skill, LI began the Orphan Independence and Skills Program to establish a set of best practices for its participants. The LI. staff also establishes a skills curriculum for each participant that they must progress through during the course of their apprenticeships. Further, the staff set apprentice wages that allow for the orphans to earn an income while learning a skill.
The Orphan Care and Independence Program is designed to provide orphans with the necessary training to become full participants in their communities. After receiving initial training from Leadership Initiatives, there is ongoing oversight of all participating businesses to ensure that the orphans are well cared for and that the Leadership Initiatives staff provide tracking,periodic wellness visits, and assist orphans in integration into their communities:
the English language so they can be
lessons are taught in English.
competitive in schools where all
Improving English Skills
To assist orphans with learning
Orphan Care Challenges
Orphan care takers still need
and food for the Orphans in their care.
assistance providing proper clothes
Supplies and Food
Orphan Care Challenges
These six orphans severely need proper educational materials. To address this problem, online education materials such as Quizlet, Youtube, and other videos would be implemented. With Quizlet, Tamar could create a set of vocabulary flashcards that would provide pictures of the words and also correctly pronounce the vocabulary for the children. Through Quizlet, Tamar could both project the vocabulary cards and also print out automatically generated tests. By using Youtube, free videos could be made specifically tailored to the needs of the children. These educational videos would be spoken both in English and in Hausa. The videos would be saved and or downloaded so that Tamar could access them at any time.
Not only do the children need the proper tools to complete their education, they also need supplies and food. These children often come to Tamar hungry and without the proper school supplies to learn. By partnering with fish and vegetable farmers and tailors, the children’s needs could be fixed. If we partnered with the fish and vegetable farmers, then the children could receive meals so that they can focus on their studies, Tamar would get discounted food, and the LI business farmers would benefit their community. Additionally, the children asked for school uniforms. Tamar could get the cloth and the tailored uniforms for the children at a discounted rate by partnering with the LI textile and tailor business partners.
With these solutions, we also had to think about costs. Because certain materials like Youtube and Quizlet are free it severely cut down on the overall cost, however, the children still need school supplies, educational materials, and food. To properly address this, we came up with several fundraising opportunities. Leadership Initiatives partners with businesses, like Starbucks and Microsft, that could raise money through different promotional strategies. For example, Starbucks could designate a weekend for 3% of their earnings to go towards the Nigerian Orphan Care Program. Similar to other organizations, businesses could advertise for people to sponsor one of the orphans so that the children could receive their necessary school supplies and meals.
With these solutions not only can we empower these orphans we can also impact their community.
Class of 2019
My name is Aarushi Patil and I am a senior at the North Carolina School of Science and Math in Durham, North Carolina. I’ve been a part of Leadership Initiatives for two years now and I'm so excited to continue to work for this wonderful organization. Learning Chinese and exploring Chinese culture is also something I'm really passionate about. I've been studying Chinese for 7 years now and I hope to be able to study abroad in China. I really love teaching Chinese seminars at my school and researching Chinese etymology. Learning about and researching molecular and cellular biology as well as modern physics are both things I love doing. My aspirations in life are to use my love of learning, particularly in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics), to help communities to become a better place to live.
Class of 2019
My name is Jade Joswick, and I am from Winona, Minnesota. I will be a senior at Winona Senior High School this upcoming year, and will be taking classes at Winona State University as well. In addition to my classes at Winona State, I have been and will continue taking a variety of Honors and AP classes. When I am not working at my local library, I involve myself with a plethora of activities such as my school’s softball team, student council, NHS organization, site team, and LINK program. I have been on varsity for softball since my freshman year and we have gone to state all three years. On the executive board of student council, I serve as our secretary, and have been recently voted in as president of National Honor Society. LINK, a program in which students must be recommended by a teacher to be considered a member, consists of upperclassmen helping incoming freshman easily transition into high school. I am also the boys swim and dive manager, and serve as a representative on the Winona Area Public Schools Foundation, which is a non-profit organization created to fund programs that would otherwise not be funded by the school district. Always wanting to help my community strive, I have now taken my passion for making a difference to a global scale. Leadership Initiatives has given me the chance to be a part of a great group of students who have an equal amount of passion and drive when it comes to making a impact. I am very excited to see what the week has to offer and am so grateful for the opportunity to work with such amazing people.
Class of 2021
My name is Maodan Tohouri and I am a rising sophomore from Amador Valley High School in California. Driven by my passion for activism my school activities have included organizing the National School walkout for my school as well as joining forces with neighboring organizers to plan the march for our lives and a panel with our assemblywoman Catherine Baker. This passion also extends beyond my school career in activities like the EMPOWER Coalition by the Women's March. Beyond my activities in activism, I also participate in varsity tennis and my school's debate team. I am equally passionate about these activities and spend upwards of 10 hours a week playing tennis during the season as well as participating once a week in the debate club. My leadership skills have helped shape my experience in life and I will utilize them this week in my developing the solution for my business partner.
Class of 2021
My name is Ella Hommel and I am a sophomore at Grundy Center High School. I have been an honor roll student and a President's Education Award recipient. I participate in FFA at my school, which is a national organization that focuses on career development skills, personal growth, leadership opportunities, and agricultural education. Last year I had the opportunity to represent my state at the National FFA Agriscience Fair at Indianapolis, Indiana. I am also an officer for the local FFA chapter at my high school. Through my interest in leadership and citizenship, I have also been involved in Student Senate, served as Vice President for my 4-H club, and was a founding member of a robotics team at my school. I also participate in academic decathlon, an academic testing club, and concert band, as well as drumline. I have also used my interest in science to participate in the State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa for the past 3 years. I am beyond excited to work with our business partner this week and I am so thankful to have this opportunity to work with Leadership Initiatives this summer! I'm looking forward to seeing how many lives we can change as a team this summer!
Class of 2019
My name is Nabiha Qureshi and I am a senior at Half Hollow Hills High School East in New York. I work with various grassroots civic activist organizations and my town's youth council to promote more youth leadership. Overall my passion for global affairs has led me to become invested in my school's Amnesty International Club, where there is an emphasis on current events and human rights abroad. I'm excited to work with my business partners to help bring about positive change by empowering women.