‘Staff Appreciation Day’ celebrated

With a view to recognizing and motivating co-workers, SOS Children’s Villages Ethiopia colorfully celebrated the 2016 ‘Staff Appreciation Day “in all program locations.

The day was celebrated for the sixth time with the objective of appreciating co-workers’ contribution to achieve strategic objectives and provide quality services to children, youths, and the community at large. This year’s celebration motto was “We trust in the capacity & commitment of our co-workers in realizing our vision for children”.

Staff Appreciation Day

When the day was celebrated at the National office, SOS Children’s Villages Ethiopia National Director, Mr. Sahlemariam Abebe, said the organization is pleased to thank all co-workers for their dedication, hard work and commitment during the year 2016. “The relentless effort of all co-workers contributed meaningfully in improving the lives children entrusted to our care” he added.

He also mentioned that in the year 2016, SOS Children’s Villages Ethiopia has witnessed a number of successes. Getting the guardianship of all children at SOS Children’s Villages, securing the license to transform SOS schools to social business so that they can generate their own income and be profitable in the long run, successfully piloting Alternative Child Care models in a number of Program Locations were among those mentioned by Mr. Sahlemariam. “There were of course a number of challenges. However, we were able to overcame those challenges thanks to our dedicated and committed co-workers” he under scored.

“When we look back at the year 2016, we realize that we have come a long way. Much has been accomplished and achieved in impacting the lives of vulnerable children for better. Our successes of the  past year  would keep us inspired and sustain our energy as we move forward into the coming year with full confidence and enriched capacity” The National Director stated.

During the celebration, co-workers who have shown best performance during the year were drawn from all program locations to receive their 1st level National Merit Award Certificate of Appreciation from the National Director. Besides, co-workers from Addis Ababa Program Location and the National Office, were awarded, 2nd level National Merit Award, 3rd level National Merit Award and Program level Merit Award Certificates in line with their performance during the year. Furthermore, co-workers who served the organization from 5 to 25 years were awarded certificates of appreciation for the long year service they have rendered to the organization and the commitment they have shown as well.

Some of the awardees said that they felt great to be part of SOS Children’s Villages as their work gives them great satisfaction and the rewards keep them motivated for years to come.

Different entertaining activities which involved coworkers made the “Staff Appreciation Day” a vibrant one.

Similarly, co-workers in all other SOS Children’s Vil­lages Program areas of Ethiopia colorfully celebrated the day.