UWinnipeg graduate earns humanitarian award

Muuxi Adam

Muuxi Adam

University of Winnipeg Alum Muuxi Adam (13′) has earned the Red Cross 2014 Young Humanitarian of the Year*. Adam is the co-founder of Humankind International.  Adam was selected for his work that led to the creation of a school for refugee children in Kenya and for his tireless efforts to help young newcomers to Canada through the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba. This award will be given to him on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at the Manitoba Power of Humanity Luncheon at the Winnipeg Convention Centre.

This award is one of many for Adam. In 2012 he earned the Annual Sybil Shack Human Rights Youth Award given by the Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties, the Canadian Human Rights Commission and the Manitoba Human Rights Commission.

Adam arrived in Winnipeg as a teenage refugee from Somalia, struggling to overcome the effects of working 16-hour days without pay in a garage fixing cars. Adam received UWinnipeg’s very first fast-track bursary through the Opportunity Fund, created in 2008 and graduated in June 2013. The innovative fund is aimed at closing the “graduation gap” for hundreds of students traditionally under-represented at university, with generous support from the federal and provincial governments and the private sector, Adam’s main interests are economics and international development. He is employed at the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba.

*This award is presented annually to deserving Manitobans who dedicate themselves to making the world a better place through volunteering, charity and philanthropic efforts.


Naniece Ibrahim, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg

P: 204.988.7130, E: n.ibrahim@uwinnipeg.ca

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