In South Africa, an AIDS Orphan Becomes a Scholar

“Life hasn’t exactly dealt me the easiest of cards, but I’ve always tried to be a focused individual.”

Andile Justice MkontoHult International Business School

Growing up in South Africa, Andile Justice Mkonto dropped out of school at age 13 to care for his mother, who had AIDS. When she died, he says, he lost his way, running away from home and using drugs. With support from the Ubuntu Education Fund, he refocused his life and is now an undergraduate at Hult International Business School, in London.

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Music: Theme by John Gravois

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