Plan International Sierra Leone Wins Global Awards
As Plan International Sierra Leone starts its 40th year anniversary celebrations this year, the reward for hard work and long years of commitment to the wellbeing of children is granted the organisation! (Photo: L-R-The Plan International Sierra Leone team, Ansu Karim( Business Development Manager), Casely Ato Coleman (Country Director), Timothy Sam( Youth Engagement Advisor) and Kamanda Kamara(Member of the Global Youth Advisory Panel) show awards won in Bangkok, Thailand)
On April 28, 2016, a team from Plan International Sierra Leone (Plan) received 3 out of 9 Global awards in an exciting awards ceremony held at the Global Leadership Conference in Bangkok, Thailand. The Global Awards, which began in 2010, bring together the entire Plan International to recognise outstanding talent, dedication and commitment within the organisation.
Plan International Sierra Leone was awarded in 3 categories: Individual employee of the year (for hard work and commitment during the Ebola response), Most Innovative Use of Technology or Social Media (Youth Feedback mechanisms around Ebola –where young people played a leading role in the Ebola disaster response through communications and advocacy) as well as the One Plan Award (joint Ebola response work in the West Africa Regional Office and 3 Ebola affected countries).
Casely Ato Coleman( Country Director Plan International Sierra Leone), Ansu Karim( Business Development Manager and former Programme Unit Manager who led the response in Port Loko and Kambia), and Timothy Sam( Youth Engagement Advisor) attended the Global Awards ceremony in Bangkok and proudly brought home the 3 enviable awards.
Ansu Karim won the Individual Employee of the year award. He felt very humbled and commended the leadership and staff support which contributed immensely to the Ebola response). Ansu dedicated the award to Ebola survivors.
Casely Ato Coleman( Country Director) joined the Regional Team to receive the One Plan award, on behalf of the West Africa Regional ebola response team. Adama Coulibaly (West and Central Africa Regional Director), applauded the country Directors of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. He said “we moved fast – very very fast and were able to save lives to contribute towards the eradication of the disease”.
Timothy Sam and Kamanda Kamara (member of the Plan Global Youth Advisory Panel-GYAP) received the Most Innovative Use of Technology and Social Media award. “We needed someone to take that drive.” Said Timothy, and GYAP member Kamanda Kamara said the award is an inspiration to himself and the other young people from Sierra Leone to continue their hard work. “We had to find a way to raise our voice”, he said.
Plan International Sierra Leone will continue its hard work to change the lives of children and families in communities and provide the necessary environment in collaboration with Government and other partners to ensure girls and boys claim their rights in just societies.
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