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Thanks to the support of our generous global community of support, we have been able to grow and deepen our programming to the point where we now have nearly 600 graduates from 40 countries throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. These remarkable leaders have returned home filled with greater inspiration, new skills, and a powerful network of partnerships that enable them to lead lasting change in their communities.
We do this work because we believe that our graduates are the catalysts for large-scale social transformation. Our graduates touch and impact thousands of lives and often serve multiple roles as they work to create a just and thriving world.
We believe in graduates like Mabilia Carolina Joj Ojer from Guatemala who works with rural women on business and entrepreneurship. She shares that, “iLEAP taught me how to value myself much more as a person and as a leader. It impacted my life by amplifying my vision as a woman, as an indigenous woman, and as a female leader.” Mabilia’s work with rural and indigenous communities is an important part of the new vision for a rapidly changing Guatemala.
We believe in graduates like Prakash Tyagi from India who leads one of India’s most successful NGOs focused on gender rights, water security, agriculture, animal husbandry and food security as well as education, health and elder care. Since its inception in 1983, Prakash’s organization has touched over 50,000 families across 850 villages in Rajasthan reaching a population of over 1 million, and has established over 1,100 Community Based Organizations. Prakash has told us that, “iLEAP gave me a chance to re-energize, replenish and re-focus myself and my work. I was able to both learn new things and also share my experiences with my colleagues in the program.”
We believe in graduates like Mary Yuin Tal from South Africa who is working with refugee women and children to foster healing and transformation among themselves and their host communities by cultivating hope, social justice, and improved self-esteem. She proclaims that, “iLEAP allowed me to know who I am and how to build my life. It also helped me to re-find my power and I could not have taken so many difficult decisions and stand before you today without iLEAP.” Mary’s capacity to sustain her leadership is now more important than ever with the recent rise in xenophobia and violence against refugees in South Africa.