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Joining Humankind: Anne’s Story

I became a part of Humankind International after meeting Muuxi on December 31, 2008. That day he spoke articulately and passionately about wanting to build a school to help the kinds of bored kids he had seen during a recent trip to Africa. The kids were hanging out with nowhere to go and nothing to do. That really touched Muuxi because he had once been that kid himself. I knew as he spoke that day, that I wanted to take action to help him realize his dream of building a school. A little voice said start with yourself so that day I made a New Year’s resolution to live more simply in 2009 and put aside the unused money for Humankind. In 2010 that money was used to fund a needs assessment trip to the overflowing Dadaab refugee camp in eastern Kenya close to the Somali border. While there, it became clear to Muuxi from conversations with Dadaab locals and the UNHCR that early childhood education was an unmet need and should become Humankind’s focus. I respect Muuxi for adjusting HK’s vision to meet the local requests. When I was invited to become a founding board member in early 2011, my answer was an immediate yes!     

St. Paul’s High School Story

In May 2011 and May 2012 St. Paul’s High School hosted an Awareness Day with the theme of gratitude and service for their grade 9 students.  Humankind International co-founder Muuxi Adam spoke about his childhood in war-torn Somalia, life as a refugee and about gratitude for his new life in Canada. He said “Our lives make no sense if we are not helping others.” He also spoke about Humankind’s initiative to build a school in Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya.  The school donated just over $900 from a “free dress code day” where for $2 students swap their suits for casual clothes.

St. John Brebeuf School Story

A Little School with a Big Heart…

St. John Brebeuf School prepared with a whole- school focus to raise both refugee awareness and $5000 for the start-up Humankind School in Kenya. Their guiding principle was the 2011 Catholic Social Principle theme of  “Solidarity with Humankind: Hear the Cry of God’s Children.” Each grade of the K-8 school prepared for speaker and Humankind co-founder Muuxi Adam’s visit by tailoring their classroom learning to their specific needs using a mix of videos, literature, conducting research, classroom discussion, reflection, simulation games and art. When Muuxi and two friends came to share their refugee stories the students were not only ready to listen but quick to ask lots of questions creating an interactive experience. Muuxi has been back to visit regularly and dreams the students of SJB and the Humankind Kenya School can one day have their own exchange. The school’s social justice staff committee fully supported this initiative brought to them by the school’s principal. Funds were raised through a talent show (with free will collection), Jolica products fair-trade sale, tickets to a special IMAX screening, Catholic service group fundraiser and private donations. SJB teacher Margaret Lafreniere says “Muuxi has helped us open our eyes to a world totally unlike the one we have grown up in North America. His personal refugee story of enduring war and separation from family and of his dramatic move to Canada where he is making his dreams come true totally captivates and motivates us. His example of resiliency and compassion has set the bar high for us and we are determined to help him build the school in Dadaab.” By creating solidarity as a school, SJB has created solidarity with others in Kenya.

 

A great start!

Our outreach group is going to present to four different schools in the city of Winnipeg. General Wolf School, Elmwood High School, St. Paul High School and Ecole Leila North Community School.

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Storytelling Festival

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 come join us and celebrate with all the student and schools who support Humankind International Inc. This day we gather to remember all the children in Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya and remind ourselves change is possible, together we can make difference and together we can build the first Early Childhood Centre in Dadaab. This day you will meet and see amazing speakers who have confronted challenges, claimed their human rights and protected others.  For more details and more information on speakers or the event please see the storytelling festival website: http://www.umanitoba.ca/storytelling or our website.