We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of OneWorld Now! alumna Halimo Ahmed (Maie) last week. Originally from Ethiopia, Halimo relocated to Kenya as a refugee to live with family members in her early years. She once shared her fond memories of going to school in Kenya, where being in school was ‘her happy place.’ “I was happy in school because I was safe,” she said. She loved her teachers, who helped spark a passion for education.
Halimo’s love of learning and education remained throughout her life. She moved to the United States when she was about 13 years old. After one year in Minnesota, she moved to Seattle in 2007 and started school at Rainier Beach High School, and also soon joined OneWorld Now!.
Although Halimo was confronted with many difficult circumstances, her determination and drive to learn and help others led her to overcome many challenges. She graduated with a B.A. in Human Development from Washington State University in 2015 and was currently enrolled in a graduate studies program at Seattle University.
All the while, Halimo was an active member of our community working for positive social change and serving as role model for other youth, whom she loved deeply. For many years she was a job coach for Seattle Public Schools, supporting students at Rainier Beach High School, and she assisted newly arrived refugee families through the Future Foundation International. She was a regular volunteer at OneWorld Now!, and also served on the board of the Tenants Union of the State of Washington. An advocate for the advancement of girls and women, Halimo was was a proud mentor for Young Women Empowered (Y-We).
We can’t help but feel that Halimo was taken before her time, as she was sure to continue to have a positive impact on others and our community. We’ll remember forever her loving smile, vibrant spirit and compassionate soul.
We honor your life and achievements Halimo. You will be deeply missed. Rest in Peace.