About Us

Ladies Empowerment Goals and Support Initiative (LEGASI)

LEGASI is a non-for-profit community based organization launched in January 2017 as the brain child of the founder, Kaltumi Abdulazeez. Over the years she has been extremely passionate about the challenges women and girls face on a daily basis and this created the path way for many of the humanitarian support she and her team have rendered over the years.

In 2015, during her National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) in Kiyawa community, Jigawa State, after coming across many families that were displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in the north-eastern part of Nigeria. She initiated a project for trauma healing and peace mentoring for women and children as well as advocating for community and the state support towards building a local shelter, feeding and clothing for over 2000 internally displaced persons (IDP) to ease the situation of the displaced families which was so pathetic and psychologically dehumanizing.

This won her the State Honors Award from the Jigawa State Government in recognition of the ‘legacy’ she left in the sands of time. This served as the pathway that forged the values LEGASI stand for. Also, in 2018 she received an award for LEGASI for that year from the Woman on Fire (WOF), in recognition to create an enabling environment for the poor and less privileged. LEGASI has partnered with Global Peace Chain towards coordinating peacebuilding activities in Nigeria, where the organization coordinated the National Peace Summit in Owerri, Imo state in May 2019 and also represented Nigeria in Egypt at the African Presidential Leadership Program through the third quarter of 2019.

 

OUR VISION

LEGASI is inspired towards a vision of “a peaceful and empowered community free from violence and hate .

OUR MISSION

To promote peaceful co-existence in communities through effective community dialogue and mediation, training evidence based advocacy, political and socio’ economic empowerment.

OUR CORE VALUES

Integrity (Accountability and Transparency)
Pursuit for Excellency
Respect for diversity in terms of culture believe gender & social class
Innovation (Cutting edge practice).

OUR OBJECTIVES

  • Raise awareness and educate others about issues concerning their education, reproductive health and poverty alleviation in the lives of young women and girls.
  • Seek to empower girls with key information on reproductive health awareness, age appropriate sex education and prevention strategies for teen pregnancies and underage marriages.
  • Seek to economically empower ladies through skill acquisition training, Information Communications Technology (ICT) awareness, mentoring, and building strong support networks.
  • Create platforms to encourage open dialogue for sustainable conflict resolution and peacebuilding which serve to proffer sustainable peace within communities.
  • Amplify efforts in girl child formal education providing sponsorship where relevant.
  • To forge a strong sisterhood of reoriented and rehabilitated girls building a generation of leading women in business and teaching within their homes and local communities.
  • To provide support to Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC's) and widows in local communities.
  • To promote gender equality.

Meet Our Team

FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

She is a prominent Peace builder, humanitarian activist and advocate for women, girls, and marginalized communities. She holds a Masters in Conflict, Security and Development from the Nigerian Defense Academy, Kaduna, Nigeria. As the founder of Ladies Empowerment Goals and Support Initiative (LEGASI), a registered nonprofit organization in Nigeria, she passionately champions gender equality and peacebuilding.

Kaltumi's dedication to her cause has earned her recognition and accolades, including a prestigious state honours award from the Jigawa State Government in 2016 and the title of Community Activist of the Year from the WOF Awards in 2018. Her extensive domestic and international travels have positioned her as a sought-after speaker on women's empowerment and youth-related issues.

Her work harmoniously integrates gender activism and peace building, aligning with the principles of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, which advocates for women's involvement in peace, security, and strategic policy matters. Kaltumi continually hones her leadership skills, completing a certificate course at the African Presidential Leadership Program (APLP) in Cairo, Egypt.

Kaltumi's affiliations include her role as a Nigerian Network of Facilitators (NNF) member, a Generation Change fellow with the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), and a Youth Compact Champion with Action Aid International, under the Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action.

She is currently a fellow on the African Leadership Centre's (ALC) Peace, Security and Development Fellowship Programme for African Women and also an alumna of the West Africa Women in Peace building program, jointly organized by Rotary International and Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI), and a KAICIID International Fellow.

Kaltumi Abdulazeez remains steadfast in her mission to enhance the well-being of Nigerians, particularly at the grassroots level, where access to basic amenities is limited. Her unwavering commitment to positive change is a testament to her remarkable contributions to peace, gender equality, and community development.

TECHNICAL ADVISER DIRECTOR

He is a dedicated professional with extensive experience in peace-building and development initiatives across various regions. His career spans over 14 years, marked by a profound commitment to fostering peaceful coexistence and sustainable development in communities facing conflict and socio-economic challenges.

Charles has ability to facilitate dialogue and mediation processes aimed at resolving conflicts and promoting reconciliation among diverse groups. He has proven track record in engaging local communities, understanding their needs, and implementing tailored development programs that contribute to long-term stability and growth. Experienced in managing complex projects from inception to completion, ensuring alignment with organizational goals and achieving measurable outcomes.

Charles is skilled in advocacy efforts at local and national levels forging strategic partnerships to amplify impact and promote policy change. Charles is an expert in designing and delivering training workshops and capacity-building programs for community leaders and stakeholders, enhancing their skills in conflict resolution, governance, and sustainable development practices.

Charles has held significant positions in reputable organizations and led initiatives focusing on peace building, dialogue and mediation processes and other human endeavours.

He has extensive fieldwork experience that cut across all regions of Nigeria addressing complex challenges through innovative approaches and collaborative efforts. Charles has led in implementing projects resulting in increased community resilience and improved social cohesion. He is driven by a deep-seated passion for social justice, equity, and human rights, with a strong belief in the transformative power of community-led initiatives. Charles has attended various courses, workshops, seminars and holds a Master degree in Conflict Management and a PhD in Religious Philosophy.

FINANCE MANAGER DIRECTOR

She is an ambitious and self-motivated multi-faceted accountant with over 10 years of experience in the field. She excels in fiscal budgeting and forecasting, demonstrating exceptional research and qualitative abilities in Monitoring, Evaluation, and Programming. Hauwa has an outstanding skill in relationship building, training, and presentation.

As the Finance and Administration Manager at LEGASI, Hauwa oversees all aspects of finance and administration, ensuring prudence in managing the organization's resources. Her administrative expertise is marked by a strong ability to streamline operations, enhance team productivity, and implement policies and procedures effectively.

Hauwa's leadership style emphasizes transparency, accountability, and strategic planning. She can competently manage cross-functional teams, fostering a collaborative work environment, and driving continuous improvement. Her commitment to excellence and her belief that life is like accounting – everything must be balanced – guide her in making informed decisions that align with organizational goals.

Hauwa has experience working with Funders like USAID, DFID, Mac Arthur Foundation, Karuna Centre for Peace Building, and Peace Direct to Mention a few.

PROGRAMME MANAGER

He is trained as a conflict management and mitigation expert with the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Certified Mediator and Systems Practice Expert from Todd Zabel Enterprise and +Acumen Academy with over a decade of experience in human rights and peace activism. With a flair in Comparative Religion, He practiced as a peace and conflict officer at the Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC) in Kaduna State, facilitating program design to prevent/mitigate ethno- religious crisis and Farmers-Herders Conflict in Nigeria. He has since been part of many critical peace building efforts in some states across the country (Kano, Plateau, Kaduna, and Taraba) in Nigeria.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Divinity at the Christian Leaders College (Michigan) and a master’s degree in Divinity at the Leadership Christian College (Kaduna) respectively. He is also a trained Strategy for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) practitioner. He has very keen interest in graphic design, knack for photography and documenting stories of change in communities coming out of conflict. Aiyelu Timothy Lawrence also attended the James Holmes School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and serve as Teaching Assistant at the Management International University (UK) from 2022-2024.

At LEGASI, he is part of a team currently leading the implementation and supervision of the Local Action Funds (LAF) Project in Kaduna and Plateau States aimed at supporting local communities affected by intractable conflict to build resilience.

MONITORING AND EVALUATION OFFICER

She is a dedicated and experienced professional, with a career history in research, Monitoring, evaluation and learning, Data /information Management/Database Management within the International Development sector.

A highly effective project management professional, who has successfully implemented and delivered several major Foundation change projects throughout her career.

Strengths include identifying and creating operational efficiencies. Fatima is a decisive and confident communicator, with outstanding problem-solving, negotiating, and decision-making abilities.

SECRETARY

She is a dedicated and organized secretary at LEGASI who is passionate and committed to empowering women and girls, this desire led to sabdat joining the LEGASI team with a zeal to pursue her commitment to humanity. Sabdat is a hardworking individual who ensures the smooth operation by providing exceptional administrative support.

Sabdat has excellent communication skills and a keen eye for details, she manages schedules, coordinate events, and maintain accurate records. Sabdat was a lecturer assistant at the School of Hygiene Kano.

He is an enthusiast on humanitarian matters with a background in Engineering, Information Technology and Digital Communications from the private and public sector; he has infused these skills into Strategic Communications and Advocacy whilst supervising projects.

He has a Masters in Project Management from the University of Roehampton, London, UK and has served as a technical advisory to management teams within the humanitarian sector in thematic fields on Peacebuilding, Strategic Communications, ICT4D, Digital Transformation, Youth Empowerment, Gender and Masculinity, Women’s Rights, Women, Peace and Security and Early Warning/Early Response Systems.

Whilst heading the ICT department of the Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS), he played a dual function as the Assistant Coordinator - Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (PMEAL) at the Abuja headquarters to implement a Change Management mandate of the international partners. He led efforts in Digital/Communications Transformation supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society (IFRC) which got international recognition by IFRC | Solferino Academy, 'Top 40 Under 40 Humanitarian Tech Entrepreneur Awards' through the implementation of the Crisis Early Warning System.

He served as the Global Communications Consultant for Search for Common Ground an INGO and Digital Lead for a UK (DFID) funded gender behavioural change programme with Palladium International ‘VOICES4CHANGE’ on the PURPLE project.

In his earlier years, he was part of the technical design and product development team at Lateral Links Limited during the development of the SME Business Toolkit funded by the World Bank through MSME Nigeria and the Federal Republic of Nigeria to support entrepreneurs using the toolkit to develop their business plans and business financials which forged the collaborative product design for the CELTEL SME Business Toolkit (Now AIRTEL).

He also pioneered the digitalization and business process automation for services at the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) to improve business operations and communications through the digitalization of operational systems, CIBN membership profiling, improvements in the institutes accounting solution and e-Learning platforms through the new web portal.

THEMATIC AREA

Women Peace and Security (WPS)
Youth Peace and Security (YPS)
Dialogue and Mediation
Psychosocial Support
Livelihood Empowerment

BUSINESS HOURS

Address: Office A21, Innovation Plaza, by Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna North, NIGERIA.

  • Monday-Friday: 9am to 5pm