Providing skills for young girls in rural Nigeria

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Iroto School of Hotel and Catering (Nigeria) was started in 2005 with the goal of giving hospitality training to young girls from the rural community of Iroto and its surrounding areas. It has enabled them to obtain employment and opened up opportunities to improve their living conditions. 

Prior to the school’s opening, most girls from this environment were unemployed due to lack of the necessary skills which can only be acquired from further education beyond secondary schooling.  This was costly and unaffordable for the family. Thus the girls were prone to early marriages or joined the teeming population of unemployed with gloomy prospects. 

The school offers a two year certificate program in Hotel and Catering. It also serves as a training center for those working toward the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ), an internationally recognized certificate. Apart from their academic work, the students are actively engaged in community development outreach, thus, enhancing the social impact of the school in the surrounding villages.

In order to accommodate the increasing demand for admission of young girls, the school has embarked on a facilities expansion program. More residential rooms, classrooms, a computer room and workshops are being constructed. A fundraising drive is on-going for the acquisition of the necessary furniture and equipment with an estimated cost of $240,000 (N84,000,000.00). 

Your generous donation will help us sustain our growing population of students and keep our commitment to our mission of providing professional skills to them.


Testimony from a past student: 

“It seems like a dream that very day I was given an admission letter into this great citadel of learning; Iroto School of Hotel and Catering. The expectations were so high that I had no choice but to live up to them. With Iroto School I have realized that becoming a professional demands hard work and I am grateful for the training offered; it is worthwhile. I learnt to focus on positive information and to make good decisions. In my departmental work, I have learnt how to cook, garnish, wash and handle all kinds of materials that involves my profession.”

—Adeola Adetayo Balikis

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Checks made to American Initiatives for Social Development, memo line: Iroto, may be sent to:
American Initiatives for Social Development
Murray Hill Station
PO Box 1670
New York, NY 10156-1670