Visiting Papua New Guinea touched me deeply. Because of the island’s remote location, most schools did not have access to 21st century technology.

I was inspired by the tenacity of children there. During the monsoon season, they walked barefoot through mud and streams to get to school every day. The journey took three hours.

As much as I wanted to, I didn’t know how a 21-year-old Australian like myself could help. Attending the 8th University Scholars Leadership Symposium gave me a new perspective.

I listened to people, who were not much older than me, reflect on how they summoned the courage to start their own initiatives.

The children of Papua New Guinea were at the back of my mind. I wanted to leave a legacy, and even scribbled a name for my initiative in a notebook. It was “LiteHaus” — Papua New Guinea’s vernacular for lighthouse.

A month after USLS, I donated my laptop to a school in Papua New Guinea, where I was doing research. This was the start of an incredible mission.

In August 2018, I founded LiteHaus International, a not-for-profit organisation which aims to improve education on the island and beyond. We provide schoolchildren with laptops, stationary and USB drives to enhance their learning.

The organisation has since raised almost AUD$17,500, completed four projects across three countries, and influenced the lives of 1,000 wonderful people.

After the completion of our second ever school computer lab, a Papua New Guinean national thanked me for “not stopping at the red lights”.

I recalled how a USLS speaker inspired me to remain passionate in the face of setbacks and obstacles.

USLS steeled my resolve to contribute to humanity, in spite of the difficulties I may encounter along the way. I am grateful for its lessons on courage, humility and the importance of a right perspective.

I am determined to remain steadfast on my mission, to provide children in developing countries with the same tools as those living under better circumstances. No one should be left behind.

Jack Growden

3 Sisters

I am the oldest of three daughters, so my dad was always addressed as “father of Sara” in Arabic…..

Dream Chaser

Before I attended the USLS 2015 I had a dream to become a speaker and inspire others to believe their dream was possible.

Sock Syndicate

I met Jemimah McMurray, my partner in starting social enterprise project Sock Syndicate, at USLS 2017. She came up with the idea of selling creative socks to help the homeless….


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