Dear Well-wishers, Friends, Donors and Volunteers.
We are excited to tell you about the Maiden Graduation Ceremony of the Yarang Llamisi Foundation (YLF) Vocational Training Centre, which held on the 26th of June, 2021 in Zambuk town of Yamaltu/Deba Local Government in Gombe State, Nigeria.
We are thrilled to announce that we graduated 58 women and girls who have now acquired the vocational skills needed in beginning their journey towards entrepreneurship.
The Founder of YLF Mrs Sarah Haruna Moda, the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees; Mrs Rhoda Sulai, who was ably represented by Mr Jesse Sulai hosted the merry event. Other YLF Board members physically and virtually present were Rev. Dr Isa Ahmadu Zambuk, Mrs Hassana Mele Ali, Mrs Hauwa Saleh Daudu, Dr Ibrahim Barhama Boyi, Mr Umaru Mele and Barr. Kaahassa Istifanus Zabadi luminaries in their own right, made it to the event to show their support and give their stamp of approval on the activities of the Foundation so far.
The event surpassed our expectations, we couldn’t have been more pleased with the welcome, love and support that was shown to us by everyone who made the time to come, particularly the residents of our beautiful hometown.
We would be remiss not to mention the pride we feel in our people and the way we have come together to ensure that our women and girls are encouraged and empowered to pursue and lead better lives.
The event was moderated by the talented Mrs Rebecca Caleb Ojukwu who eloquently made the event as fun and engaging as possible.
Mrs Ojukwu was assisted by Alhaji Sulaiman Mohammed PL, the coordinator of the YLF Vocational Training Centre who equally made a great representation of the vision and mission of the Foundation.
Rev. Magaji Mahdi and Malam Garba Sarkin Malaman Zambuk opened the event with Prayers.
Malama Mary Mele; Principal Coordinator of the YLF Vocational Training Centre gave the welcome address where she appreciated everyone for taking out time to grace the event and wished everyone the best in their endeavours.
Alhaji Sulaiman Mohammed PL followed with a brief history of the vocational centre and the value it brings to the community.
Alhaji Sulaiman also mentioned all the contributions that the Foundation had made since its inception in June 2020.
The graduating students were awarded a certificate of achievement presented by Hajiya Hassana Mele Ali and Mrs Hauwa Sale Daudu.
The Traditional Dancers from Zambuk town graced us with a display of the famous Tera cultural Dance and Music.
Mr Jesse Sulai, gave a speech on behalf of the Chairperson Board of Trustees YLF, exhorting the graduates to seize the opportunity and ensure that they successfully improved their lives, the lives of their family members and the community at large.
He also encouraged them to pay forward the investment YLF had made in them by lifting others up so that together we not only survive but thrive.
Mrs Pauline J Doka followed suit and gave the graduants and all other women and girls present a charge to take community development personally.
She encouraged everyone to buy homemade products, and to support the local industry so the wealth can circulate within the community to the benefit of all.
Mrs Salamatu B. Mele fondly gave a more personal address regarding the strengths of the YLF founder and how blessed she is to have raised the woman that has become a blessing to her generation.
Mrs Kande Danjuma and Miss Christiana Audu Kudi (graduants) shared their experience learning in the vocational training centre and how it had already greatly impacted their lives.
Mrs Yarang Daniel and Hajiya Fatsuma Galadima, both tutors at the YLF Vocational Training Centre also gave an appreciation speech to the Founder of YLF and the BOT, for being given the opportunity to share their knowledge and skills and to empower other women.
Rev Magaji Mahdi blessed the occasion by giving a goodwill message and thanking everyone present for playing a part in YLF’s vision and mission for Zambuk town, Yamaltu/Deba LGA, Gombe State and Nigeria at large. He rightly noted that YLF will be a beacon of hope and shining light to other communities in Gombe State as it is his prayer that the community continues to partner with YLF so together we can achieve greater things.
The Founder of YLF, Mrs Sarah Haruna Moda gave the closing address which was a brief overview of the next steps for the Vocational Training Center.
For the graduates, she assured them that this will not be a final goodbye, as provision had been made in the Center for them to return and use the facilities for their work. A room has been set aside with the equipment needed to keep honing their skills and produce clothing for their clients. The Center will also make available, mentors to follow up with them and see how they are applying what they had learned. The graduates have all been provided with a starter pack, so they are adequately mobilised to start their business.
Lastly, a new batch of students that will be learning sewing and knitting are set
to commence their training on the 2nd of August 2021. She encouraged men to support women, and women to put effort to perfect their skills and ultimately become self-reliant.
We at YLF are greatly humbled and encouraged by the support we have received from all our well- wishers, friends, partners, volunteers, sponsors, and donors. This event and the vocational centre itself would not have been possible without your generous gifts to Yarang Llamisi Foundation. We are delighted to have your support. And we look forward to going on this journey with you and achieving great things!