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Let's Explore Northern Nigeria

Category: Business startup
Target Amount: NGN3000000.00
Target Received: NGN0

Let's Explore Northern Nigeria

I'm embarking on the social entrepreneurship journey! The first project I'm working on is about Nigerian foods. There are so many interesting traditional food items and meals that get almost no attention outside of Africa. This is a huge loss to the rest of the world because many of them are delicious and packed with nutrients.

For example, have you ever heard of moringa leaves (known as 'zogale' in Hausa)? They only grow in certain special regions of the world, Nigeria being one of them! This skinny tree is jammed-packed with lots of extraordinary nutrients making this commoner's food now a center of attention for Western physicians such as Dr. Oz

I would like to spend 2 months (March and April 2014) researching traditional Northern Nigerian foods: their histories, their health benefits, and the ways they're used in delicious recipes.

The second part of my research will include conducting interviews with child beggars, impoverished community members, and people involved in addressing poverty in Kano. I seek to better understand the histories, aspirations, and challenges of these marginalized communities. I will then use my findings to propose different models that can be used to get more of Nigeria's nutritional food items into the hands of some of the country's poorest people. From there, I'll begin designing my own social entrepreneurship venture to tackle some of these issues.

I'll share my findings on a multimedia blog full of short videos, photos, and writings. You'll get to virtually join me on my Nigerian journey from farmers to food-lovers, cooks to child beggars!

Please help make this research trip possible. Any amount you can donate will be greatly appreciated. Please help spread the word!

Thank you!

Sponsored by Bailout Nigeria , August 09, 2018

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Let there be Light in Nigeria

Category: Community Project
Target Amount: NGN10000000.00
Target Received: NGN0

Let there be Light in Nigeria

Dear Friends and Family, Many of you celebrated my 50th Birthday with me two years ago. As well as the multiple celebrations, I embarked on a quest to give back to Nigeria. A week before my 50th and 51st birthday, I donated a Solar Street light to a village in Abuja and some solar lamps. All of you will know that power is a major issue in Africa and many villages don't have access to clean water and electricity. Although there are many international charities offering to build bore holes for access to clean water, very few charities focus on what goes on in these villages at night. Families are using unsafe kerosene lamps and children are not able to read books to do their homework. I am generally not in favour of donating monies to charities where you have no control over how much of your money actually contributes to the cause. I will personally select the villages or take recommendations from local charities and using a local company , I will install the solar street lights and provide desk lamps to individual huts. As for the challenge, I shall be trekking up Kilimanjaro in September and reaching 19,000 feet, the highest peak in Africa. At 52, this is not going to be an easy task. I have started my training already and will have to give up drinking (yes I will) and build up my stamina. Please don't feel any pressure to donate (but I will come looking for you if you don’t, haha) but a simple solar light only costs $20 and will give a family light every night for years. Thanking you in advance for all for your support. Sanjay

Sponsored by Bailout Nigeria , August 03, 2018

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Empowering Nigeria widows

Category: Workshop
Target Amount: NGN1000000.00
Target Received: NGN0

Empowering Nigeria widows

Support widow's rights, equality, and dignity. When a Nigerian woman loses her spouse, she also risks losing her source of income, shelter, and stability. Women rarely receive much education and are marginalized in Nigerian society. Traditional beliefs and practice often place blame on the woman for her husband's death, and she may have to endure traumatic rituals of mourning, which can be extremely isolating. After her husband's passing, his family will probably take control of the inheritance, leaving his widowed wife without a place to live or a source of income. I am conducting research on the experience of widows in Nigerian culture. I am a PhD student studying participatory communication and action research... that means the research I conduct includes an action component. $3000 will support my travel to Nigeria and several weeks on the ground, gathering important information necessary to program development for a widow empowerment business co-op. I am working with the Gweimen Center in Kaduna. You can support the work they are already doing here: http://www.gweimencentre.org/ Your $5 donation gets me 10 miles closer to Nigeria and our goal of expanding the work of Gweimen Center through a program that involves the widows at every step

Sponsored by Bailout Nigeria , July 31, 2018

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