A loan of $500 helped to pay for a laptop for his studies.

Jordan's story

Jordan is a 17-year-old full-time student at African Leadership Academy (ALA), a two-year pre-university program in Johannesburg, South Africa, with a mission to identify, develop, and connect Africa’s future leaders.

Jordan was selected as one of 95 ALA students out of a pool of over 3,000 applicants from across the continent for his passion for public service, his commitment to Africa, and his demonstrated leadership potential to lead change in Africa and beyond.

Jordan is applying for a loan of $500, which will enable him to purchase a laptop to conduct assignments and research, to run his community service project and/or student run business which forms part of the ALA curriculum, and to participate fully in the world-class program offered by ALA.

Jordan comes from Kampala, Uganda and is one of a family of nine.

As a young leader passionate about the environment and healthcare, Jordan understands the importance of addressing underlying causes of Africa’s health and environmental issues, rather than simply treating their symptoms. Jordan has used his strong leadership abilities and entrepreneurial mind-set to address some of these problems in Uganda.

In an effort to reduce litter and waste materials that collect in “channels breaking the water system and causing soil degradation,” Jordan constructed a chicken pen made solely from recycled water bottles, which he collected, filled with sand and arranged together like bricks. This has been standing for 6 months. The remaining bottles were used to pack liquid soap for people wanting to buy it in small quantities. Jordan now runs this operations as a small business.

When his community was required to retrieve water from a well as a result of a blocked drainage system rendering regular tap water unusable, Jordan took charge of the situation by ensuring that all of the stagnant water was removed. He explained the dangers of drinking stagnant water to the community at large, and helped mobilise the massive crowds of people into queues so that they could collect water in an orderly fashion.
Jordan is also a top student and has been awarded a Certificate of Merit for academic excellence in Uganda. At school in Uganda he was involved in numerous extracurricular activities, including the Wildlife Conservation club, the Science club, and the United Nations club.

Jordan sees ignorance as a key contributing factor to the high levels of health-related problems facing the African continent. He wants to become a doctor and help find causes, signs, and preventative measures, thereby freeing up money currently being spent on treatment to be invested in other important areas (e.g. agriculture and education).

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