Executive Director of Generosity Water
Produced the film La Source
Speaks internationally about the water crisis
Delivering the Source of Life
The 700 Club
Jordan started his first business at the age of 14, an online wholesale store that sold everything from laser pointers to lighters. After high school he founded a real estate and mortgage firm that opened offices in Los Angeles and San Diego. Jordan was driven by how much money he could make, but says that all changed after he took a trip to Africa in 2008. He came face-to-face with the reality of extreme poverty as he saw girls walk for miles only to collect dirty water for drinking because they had no other choice. He realized that something as simple as water was killing more people than anything in the world today. He knew he had to be part of the solution.
“When I first went to Africa and saw the wells being built and the people who now had access to clean water for the first time it really changed my perspective,” shares Jordan. He became passionate about the global water crisis and together with his dad, Philip Wagner, founded Generosity Water, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending the water crisis in developing countries, one community at a time. In 2009, he became the Executive Director of Generosity Water, “It is an honor to work alongside my dad and help carry out this vision of bringing clean water to people around the world.” Over the past four years, Generosity Water has provided funding to over 407 water projects in 18 countries giving clean water to over 250,000 people. “I really believe that if we as individuals use what we have and work together, we can really change the world,” says Jordan. Nearly 1 billion people don’t have access to clean drinking water. Unsafe drinking water and poor sanitation cause 80 percent of all sickness and disease. Providing clean water is the first step to bringing a village out of extreme poverty.
Generosity Water completed a clean water project in La Source Haiti and partnered with Operation Blessing International as the implementing partner. On Monday, October 15th Generosity Water launched an action campaign which will accomplish two things:
1. Provide funding ($130,000) for 20 new water projects in surrounding areas in Haiti that desperately need clean water. Each water project costs $6,500 and will provide clean water to about 400 people.
2. Provide funding ($200,000) to build a school in La Source (which is the village featured in the film) that will provide an education to over 150 kids in the village. Now that they have clean water, this is the most important 2nd step to help bring their community out of extreme poverty.
LA SOURCE (lah-soos) HAITI
For over 30 years, the villagers in La Source have attempted to address the lack of clean water by channeling the water from a natural spring in the mountains, but with limited funding and unsupportive government their attempts to provide clean water failed. The movie La Source directed by Patrick Shen and produced by Jordan, Patrick, and Brandon Vedder features Josue and his brother Chrismedonne Lajeunesse and their quest to bring clean water to their small community in Haiti. Josue moved from La Source to New Jersey in 1989. He became a custodian at Princeton University and took a second job as a taxi driver. Working almost 20 hours a day, Josue would send money home to La Source so that he and Chrismedonne, a bricklayer in La Source, could work to bring clean water to their community. With the support of Princeton students, Generosity Water, and Operation Blessing International as the implementing partner the water project that was once a dream is now complete.
Josue’s story was discovered in 2009 by Patrick Shen when he directed a movie called The Philosopher Kings. The movie was about custodians employed at major universities in the United States. One of the janitors featured in the film was Josue. His story inspired many who wanted to get involved and help bring clean water to La Source. Patrick arranged for Josue and Jordan to meet. Jordan had been wanting to do a water project in Haiti after seeing the devastation caused by the earthquake in January 2010. By July 2010, approximately $40,000 had been raised by Generosity Water to complete the water project with
Operation Blessing’s help. A dream that Josue had dreamt of for decades. Three years later, the film La Source was produced and screenings of the movie began in the summer of 2012.
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