2016 Caring Award Winners

Awardee Profile

  • 16YWeiss

    Kira Weiss

    Young Adult Caring Award Winner

    Danville, California, United States

    Year: 2016

    Age: 18

    If you see a problem you fix it, and if someone needs your help, you help them.

    Kira Weiss

    Kira beat a bulldozer to bring Ugandan refugees home. The 31 women and 198 children had fled a violent militant movement in 1991 and travelled hundreds of miles to a refugee camp where they broke rocks for $1 a day. By December 2014, they were about to lose the camp because the land had been sold. And their plight came to Kira's attention when she went to Uganda with her family nonprofit which builds soccer fields in African schools. Back in the US, she started Home by the Holidays and raised $43,000 to bring the women back to their villages and fill their household needs. The refugees were home in time for Christmas because Kira follows her family's rule: "If you see a problem you fix it, and if someone needs your help, you help them."