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.
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.