The head of Israeli international aid group IsraAID has won the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for 2016, for his work to provide relief in areas of crisis throughout the world.
Twenty-nine-year-old Navonel Glick will be presented the annual award in September, the Jewish Chronicle reported, along with five other under-thirty humanitarians who the Muhammad Ali Center deems to be role models “transforming communities and bringing about positive change in the world.”
IsraAID, founded in 2001, is known for its response to high profile disasters around the globe. The genesis of its work goes back to the Rwandan genocide, and it was the first international team on the ground in Haiti.
In addition to serving in Japan, the Philippines, and South Sudan, IsraAID was in the United States during Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, the Colorado floods and the Arkansas tornado. In recent years it has assisted Syrian refugees landing on Europe’s beaches after perilous voyages at sea.
The team arrives on the scene highly organized, ready to implement medical or psycho-social care, community-building strategies, cleanup, or whatever is needed.
The Israeli-Canadian Glick is IsraAID’s Chief Operating Officer and manages the organization’s daily operations from Tel Aviv.
He has worked in the Philippines, Sierra Leone, Iraq and Nepal, in disaster relief and in efforts to alleviate poverty.
This year’s awards ceremony will commemorate Ali, who died in June at the age of 74 after decades of battling Parkinson’s Disease. Known for his charitable work, Ali was honored by a range of institutions, including Amnesty International and the United Nations. He was also granted the Presidential Medal of Freedom by then-president George W. Bush in 2005.
The awards ceremony will take place on September 17 in Louisville, Kentucky, according to the Muhammad Ali Center’s website.