Washington-Lee High School
International Business Internship Program
Our Life-Changing Project
Class of 2020
My name is Lindsey Gradowski, and I am a junior at Washington-Lee High School. I am serving as the Team Lead and the Nigeria Partnership Chair for this team. I am a full International Baccalaureate student. In my spare time, I enjoy acting in school plays and competing for my school’s debate team.
In addition, I have a strong fondness for working with children. I work as a Stage Manager for a local community children’s theatre, tutor elementary school children in a low-income housing area, and mentor underclassmen for the Virginia Junior Academy of Science.
During school breaks, my family makes travel a priority, which has exposed me to new ideas and shaped the way that I look at the world. The International Business Internship Program has given me an amazing opportunity to grow my world view even more and to be able to make an impact on a level I never thought possible.
Class of 2020
My name is Atti Rattelman, and I am a junior at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia. I am serving as both the Fundraising and the Special Projects Chair of our contingent of the International Business Internship Program.
My passion is athletics, and I compete in running and swimming. I also play numerous team sports including soccer and Ultimate Frisbee. I also love singing and performing, and I have been in several plays and musicals. I coach swim lessons and referee youth soccer in an attempt to pass on my knowledge and my love for athletics.
I am excited to join the IBIP program to not only take advantage of the learning opportunity it presents to me, but to help others better their lives as well.
Class of 2020
My name is Juliana Logan. I’m a Junior at Washington Lee High School. I’m currently serving as the Media Chair for our team. In school I take Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes.
I play the violin and the viola. In school I play for our highest level orchestra, called Chamber. Outside of school I play the viola in a string quartet group called Crescendo. I have taken part in many in-school musicals, and love to sing. I love art, and frequently make clay sculptures. I also love books, and I frequently both read and write them.
I’m really excited to be in the IBIP Program because I feel that if I can work with this team of people to accomplish something great, I can work with any team to do anything.
Our Business Partner: Orphan Care Program
Business Owner: Orphan Care Program
Business Location: Bauchi, Bauchi State, Nigeria
Story of the Business
The Leadership Initiatives’ Orphan Care and Independence Program began after the success of the Business Creation and Expansion Program over the last decade. After so many local business owners in the Bauchi area benefited from Leadership Initiatives International Business Internship Program, they were inspired to give back to their communities by improving the welfare of the local orphaned youth. The program aims to provide community-based rehabilitation and development interventions targeting the orphans within the communities affected by poverty and the AIDS epidemic through economic recovery, capacity building, and psychosocial support for the marginalized orphaned children.
About the Orphans
Two years ago, Mallam Adamu, a father of seven, unexpectedly died from illness, leaving four of his younger children abandoned. However, Abdulhadi Ahmad, a Leadership Initiatives’ business partner who owns a tailoring business, took responsibility of the four orphans after the success of his shop allowed him to support more children. Leadership Initiatives then partnered again with Abdulhadi to create the Orphan Care and Independence Program to provide shelter, education, and apprenticeship opportunities to local orphaned youth. The four children, Hauwa, Habiba, Hassan, and Hussaini, were joined by two other orphans (Adulmuminu and Buhari) under the care of another LI business partner, Faisal Sa’ad. These six orphans currently attend school and receive support through the LI Orphan Care Program.
Provide all orphans enrolled in the Orphan Care and Independence Program with a loving foster home and good shelter.
Provide all orphans enrolled Orphan Care and Independence Program with a quality education .
Provide all children enrolled in the Orphan Care and Independence Program with technical skills that they will gain by working with partnering businesses in our apprentice Independence Program.
Improve the nutritional status of all children involved in the Orphan Care and Independence Program.
Improved health of children in the Orphan Care and Independence Program by teaching hygiene standards and best practices.
Create awareness to the community and the outside world for the need to protect, promote, preserve, and support the vulnerable children and the orphans, including their basic human rights.
Leadership Initiatives, in partnership with Children Helping Other Children (CHOC), is in the process of constructing a new education center for the Orphan Care and Independence Program. After initial foundational construction, a groundbreaking ceremony was held on December 13, 2018 to begin phase two of the Education Center. The building is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019. This Education Center will serve up to 45 orphans in the surrounding community.
Currently, students in the Leadership Initiatives’ International Business Internship Program are working to create educational modules in basic science and technology, exploring the environment, home and school life, living things (basic plants and animal biology), non-living things (soil, water, air), English, and basic hygiene.