“While at JSC, I created a nonprofit organization called the Werkok Youth Development Association to help rebuild my home community in Sudan. My first major project was raising money to help rebuild wells destroyed in the country’s civil war and to improve the quality of the town’s water supplies. The WYDA also promotes clean water, job training, leadership skills and education in Werkok (population 6,000).
“With advising from one of my JSC business professors, Todd Comen, I established a five-member board of directors (all of them students from JSC) for my nonprofit. I worked with a designer to build a website and created brochures to publicize the issues in Werkok and Sudan and help raise money and awareness to improve the situation there.”