Presentation of Greater Love Lighthouse (GLL)
1. Name of location
Greater Love Light House is located in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
2. Presentation of Director
My name is Jummai Bulus Ali (Fula). I am 45 years old, married and I have two kids. I hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Education and awaiting a Masters degree in Non-governmental Studies and Management. ´
- Oversee and manage GLL operations in accordance with set down policies
- Manage all GLL staff and residents
- Report to the International Director
- Liaise with other Safe houses
- Implement the vision of the Safe House
- Admit residents into the Safe House
- Represent GLL at meetings
Motivation: When I find the opportunity to help someone and make them happy, I feel satisfied because God is answering that person’s prayer through me.
3. Presentation of Co-workers
I am 48 years old and a graduate from University of Ibadan. I am the Safe House mother.
- Ensure cleanliness and order at GLL
- Supervise and ensure timely adherence to meal roaster
- Ensure all House rules and safety measures are observed
- Report to the GLL Director
To serve God in whatever capacity He wants me to serve Him.H
I am 29 years old and married. I hold a National Certificate of Education. I am the Assistant House Mother. I assist the house mother in the Safe House.
Pursuing love and other fruits of the Holy Spirit.
Ene Grace Anthony
I am 30 years old and a graduate of University of Jos (majored in Statistics). I am undergoing a Post Graduate Diploma program in Business Administration.
- I provide after school lessons for the Treasures
- I lead them in meditative exercises and we also have discussions on feminine grooming and etiquette
- I assist in supervision and other duties that need my input in the Safe House.
The word of God motivates me in fulfilling my purpose in life. The love that God has for me has transformed me into having great love for humanity and spurs a deep desire to help people remain joyful.
I am 35 years old, a South African married to a Nigerian. I have a degree in Psychology with 6 years public relations work experience. I also have 2 years work experience of being a Pastoral Assistant and Youth Leader of my local church.
- working alongside and training the Treasures
I believe that God is in the business of restoring identities, purpose and hope to His people and I will not want to miss any opportunity of being a part of that.
I am a graduate with a degree in Microbiology, Master of Science degree in Environmental Microbiology and Ph D Environmental Microbiology (in view). I am a researcher at the National Mathematical Centre, Abuja. I am also a creative writer, a teacher and an author.
- I function more in “outreach” and also give support to the Safe House.
I love putting smiles on other people’s faces. Everyone deserves to be free; no human being is a slave to another. I want to shine God’s light in my little corner.
Raakhi Sona Williams
I am Raakhi Sona Williams, an Oxbridge educated international development professional with 10 years of experience in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. I have a proven policy program and operational leadership in multiple sectors, including climate and environment, humanitarian assistance and aid effectiveness.
- Teaching English, French, Computer skills and Salsa dance
- Assisting in grant application writing
- Supporting in fund-raising
Strong interest in child protection and rehabilitating “at risk youths”.
4. Presentation of residents
We have 6 treasures and 2 children. Age range is between 16 and 40 years. For confidentiality sake, I will use their initials:
A. Wants to be an athlete
F. Wants to be a public health worker
I. Wants to be a theologian
J. Wants to be a hair stylist
P. Wants to be a make-up and hair stylist
5. Presentation of Greater Love Lighthouse
Our values are: Love, Dignity, Safety and Empowerment.
We believe that each of our residents is a “Treasure”. Our program seeks to restore their dignity by making them understand their value and restoring their identity in Christ. Our aim is to show our Treasures the unconditional love of the Father through building relationships with them. Everything at GLL speaks of protection and safety. Each Treasure is given the opportunity to learn practical and life skills to enable them reintegrate as active members into society.
Our strength: We are survivor centered.
Our challenges: No enough full-time staff.
6. How does an everyday life look like for a resident?
On a regular weekday our treasures will get up at 5 am to start with their devotional time, personal prayer and bible study. This is followed by house and kitchen tasks such as preparing soup for the day or cleaning, then taking breakfast and getting ready for the day. School starts at 8am and finishes at 3pm. Right after school the treasures will have lunch and change to be prepared for the training which is held from 3.30pm to 5pm. This could be focused on computer skills, an alpha course, beading, counselling, baking or several life skills and varies daily. Subsequently they will do a meditation, an art assignment or sports such as dancing, basketball and more. The time before dinner is reserved for journaling and other house chores like feeding life stock, gardening. After dinner there’s still time for homework and studying before the day finishes with corporate prayer and worship until 10pm.
7. What activities/trainings do you offer?
The activities/trainings we offer are depending on the background of each resident. We use the REPER model steps:Rehabilitation Phase:
This is the phase where the heart issues are dealt with through teaching, counseling, prayer and story-telling.
This is the phase where those who have gone through rehabilitation will be equipped with skills that will enable them to become employable and thereby enhancing their re-integration into society.
In this phase, Treasures will be given the opportunity to practice what they have learnt. The goal is for the treasures to grow in the understanding of the skills acquired and the efficiency of using the skills with confidence. The treasures will be able to work on projects under the supervision of their instructors.
This phase gives the Treasures opportunity to work and earn money. GLL will work with other partners to create job opportunities for the Treasures. At this stage, the Treasures must have been equipped with the basic business skills they need to professionally use their skills.
This is the phase, which offers optional remedial studies to Treasures who would like to further their education. This phase prepares them to write the exams necessary to gain admission into a higher institution of learning. Treasures who would like to develop intellectually before proceeding to business can also attend this program.
8. What perspective do you have for Greater Love Lighthouse 2019?
- To start marketing produce from our Grasscutter farm
- Reintegrate a Treasure into society
- Establish a stronger counseling & psychosocial support unit
- Furnish our new offices
- Find schools for two kids that belong to a Treasure