Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School
International Business Internship Program
Our Life-Changing Project
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My name is Marc Zavarro and I am a member of the Class of 2022. I am a Freshmen at Western High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I push myself to put my skills and dedication in multiple school clubs and charities. Throughout my middle school careers and my upcoming High School Career, I have been and will be a leader in a Charity known as Children Helping Other Children. Along with being in multiple charities, I am a nationally represented Debater ranking number 6 in the nation for my category. I have excelled in some of the highest classes offered. In my first year of high school, I am taking AP classes. In 7th grade, I obtained 1110 on my SAT. I would like to follow a career in Political Science in my college future.
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My name is Christopher Karle. I live in Ridgefield, Connecticut and will be graduating from Immaculate High School in 2022. I am passionate about health, wellness, and sustainability, so I founded Head2Toe where we donate hand-knitted baby hats to hospitals and community centers to support the health of infants; made adult hats from recycled cloth to improve the wellness of the homeless through the Midnight Run Organization; and recycle gently used shoes to Soles4Souls to outfit people in poverty-stricken areas both domestically and internationally. I received the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education Student Leadership Award for my diplomacy, ability to work with others, willingness to take on challenges, and ability to honor commitments (2018). I am an active member of Lions Heart, a community service based group, where I have earned both the Bronze and Gold President’s Volunteer Service Award for 50 and 100+ hours of service respectively (2017, 2018). I have also been a Peer Mediator for 3 years. Athletically, I am a member of the GMS Rowing Club. Learning to row has taught me perseverance, hard work, and teamwork. I strive to use my knowledge and skills to work collaboratively with my team and our business partner. I am honored to work with the International Business Internship Program and to participate in the International Leadership and Business Summit in order to provide creative solutions to our Nigerian partners
Our Business Partner: Restaurant Business
Business Owner: Deborah Obalohun
Business Location: State low cost, Opposite Kobi Cinema, Bauchi
Story of the Business
Deborah’s partnership with Leadership Initiatives’ International Business Internship Program has allowed her and her business to grow in ways she never could have imagined. Deborah is now working with International Business Internship Program teams to refine and improve her menu, expand her advertising methods, improve her customer service, and redesign the interior of her restaurant.
About the Owner: Deborah Obalohun
Deborah Obalohun had been struggling to survive and care for her five children after the death of her husband ten years ago. Working as a teacher, her low salary made it difficult to provide food and education for herself and her family. However, her passion for cooking always brought joy to herself, her family, and her friends. Because of this, she was encouraged to open up her own restaurant as an additional source of income. After a lot of hard work to save enough money, Deborah opened her own restaurant in Bauchi, Nigeria.
Deborah’s restaurant has grown from working alone in her kitchen to a stand-alone restaurant with five other employees. Currently feeding approximately 35 people a day, she hopes to open up more branches of her restaurant around the region, as well as provide catering services to events and weddings. The additional income from her restaurant has been life-saving for Deborah and her five children, as she can now provide plenty of food and pay for their education. Deborah and her business currently directly benefit 10 people in her wider community.
During the course of this past school year, we have been working with Ms. Deborah Obalohun, who owns Unity Restaurant in Nigeria. Ms. Obalohun has expressed to us her problems, and we have discussed with her on multiple Skype calls on how we can help her develop and expand her business. Based on what she has told us, we have come up with the following solutions.
Considering the fact that her restaurant is not structured on cement or gravel, but instead sheet metal, we plan to use sheets of metal from large shipping crates in order to reinforce the restaurant’s structure. Reinforcing the restaurant is important because Ms. Obalohun needs a safer building to work in. Safety especially comes into play when the rainy season causes floods that often seep into the inside of the building. Therefore, a structural improvement is needed to prevent hazards regarding weather, safety, and sanitation.
The second solution is fundraising in order to obtain new cooking materials, silverware, and dishes. Improving the quality of her cooking materials would increase revenue, boost popularity, and contribute to sanitation.The most important thing we need to do to ensure a stable building and new, cleaner cooking materials is fundraise.
We are currently raising money for Ms. Obalohun through school bake sales and our GoFundMe page. In the future, we want to set up a yard sale and organize a school dress-down day.Although we are fundraising for an orphanage in Nigeria, we will continue to work closely with Ms. Obalohun to make sure her business reaches its full potential.