“GIDA” means Home
Like with most Nigerians having a major and minor tribe is very commonplace. Our founder’s father is Hausa/Fulani and his mother is Hausa/Bachama. Both of them from the Hausa tribe, but both from different subset of tribes. Both speaking 2 separate Nigerian dialects, with Hausa being the common ground. In the Hausa language, GIDA means Home. Which is why we chose the name project Gida. to further reinforce that with this project, it is not about guilt from exploitation like so many others, its not about giving to the less privileged, its not about altruism. It is about the founder being a native son. Its about us seeing countless people and companies claim to help but do nothing, IT’S ABOUT OUR FOUNDER WANTING TO HELP HIS HOME.
what is PROJECT GIDA?
Project GIDA is how we at Baopowder have decided to make a difference.
When it was active, WISSEA received many grants and awards from numerous organizations for its effort in raising the status of the African woman. It sought to change how women view themselves first. As equal individuals capable of making their own decisions, getting the societal respect and recognition they deserve, and being perfectly capable of earning a living, supporting themselves and their families with the support of their husbands. Rather than baby vessels who are properties of their husbands. Like most brave endeavors, it wasn’t easy at first.
WISSEA’s main goal was to elevate women through education for girls, and adult education and vocational training for women. Thousands of success stories later, WISSEA was forced to shut down when our founder’s mother passed away in 2010. Following in her mother’s footsteps, our founder’s sister, Aisha Bako has decided to pick up where her mother left off. So how does the partnership between Baopowder and WISSEA bring about PROJECT GIDA?
25 percent of our profits go back to the village/community that we harvested said Baobab from. We use the proceeds to continue the work of Wulakai Leonard and WISSEA.
Baopowder and WISSEA will use said funds to open schools, purchase supplies, educate the young, and most importantly, help the communities secure the rights to the trees in their villages/communities. That way, as Baobab becomes more known, they still get their fair share of the proceeds.
Baobab cannot be farmed, because on average, it takes about 75 -150 years for a Baobab tree to begin bearing fruit. Luckily, Baobab trees live a very long life, with the oldest tree approximated at 6000 years old. With fresh fruits ready for harvest every spring.
ignorance has never, is not, and shall never be bliss.
WISSEA’s primary mission was to uplift the African woman. Unfortunately, that cannot be the case anymore. While trying to make a very active effort to stay away from politics and political discussions, there are certain realities that CANNOT be ignored. With his heritage from Northern Nigeria, our founder has seen first hand what lack of education can do to a society. And while male education is still a priority over women in Northern Nigeria, young men in very rural areas do not have access to it, and thus we have all witnessed the birth of BOKO HARAM. There are massive numbers of youth who feel neglected. An opportunity being used by extremist militants to gain sympathy from said youth. NO MORE.
So PROJECT GIDA is about ensuring a safe and educated community, with a positive and hopeful vision for the future. We cannot afford to focus on empowering women only, as it would be useless to have a community of smart, hard working, committed, dedicated, educated and empowered women who have to deal with ignorant men who wish them harm (CHIBOK SCHOOLGIRLS). The world witnessed young women trying to make greatness out of their futures put in jeopardy because of Boko Haram, which actually means (Western Education is bad)
We aim to do our part in the fight for a safer humanity. And an educated humankind is a better one.