Plan's work wins top awards
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Top awards for Plan El Salvador
Plan El Salvador is celebrating after receiving not one, but two awards from the Salvadoran government for its development work with children.
The President of El Salvador, Elías Antonio Saca, presented Country Director Rossana Viteri with an award for its contribution to the country's Education Plan 2021, in which Plan supported the design and production of the preschool and primary educational guides that will be used in more than 5,000 schools throughout the country.
Thanking Plan for its work, the President said: "The contribution of Plan to the country’s education will always live on in the pages of our history."
This was soon followed with a second award, this time from El Salvador’s First Lady, Ana Ligia de Saca, also head of the National Secretariat for the Family, in recognition of Plan's work in children's rights and birth registration.
Country Director Rossana Viteri said: "These awards are undeniable proof of the impact of Plan's work in El Salvador, which is effectively contributing to improve the quality of life of Salvadoran boys and girls. We feel very proud and happy that our contribution is having such an impact."
Plan Guatemala receives state’s highest honor
Plan Guatemala is also celebrating after receiving the state's highest honor from the Guatemalan government for its development work with children and communities — the only non-governmental organization in the country ever to receive it.
The Orden del Quetzal (Order of the Quetzal) was created in 1936 and is awarded to honor those whose work constitutes a distinguished service to the country. The right to grant this award belongs to Guatemala's president, and in recent years has been awarded to leaders and high officials as well as those who have made relevant contributions to the arts or sciences or who have dedicated their lives to humanity.
Country Director Ricardo Gomez said: "We are thankful and proud to share with you the State of Guatemala's highest award, granted to Plan for its work in developing children's, adolescents' and youth projects in marginalized regions, with a very positive impact supporting the development of its communities."
West Africa celebrates as governments recognize Plan's achievements
In West Africa, two program countries have received awards of their own for their work.
Plan Sierra Leone has received government recognition for being an "outstanding" child rights and protection agency in this year's National Children of Excellence Awards, which took place during the celebrations to mark the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Plan Ghana has received a Certificate of Merit for its contribution to developing agriculture in the dry Tumu area. Due to Plan's work over several years, Tumu now has eight irrigation dams stocked with fish, which will provide job opportunities all year round and enable farmers to water their animals and crops. Plan is now working with partners and communities to ensure that the dams' resources continue to be used efficiently to enhance livelihoods.
Journalist helped by Plan receives EU prize
UK journalist Angela Robson has won the Lorenzo Natali journalism prize for her article “Sierra Leone: Revenge and Reconciliation”, which was written following a Plan-supported trip to the country.
The Lorenzo Natali prize was established by the European Commission in 1992 for outstanding reporting on human rights, democracy and development. This year, Ms. Robson was one of 15 award-winners selected by an independent jury made up of NGO representatives, leading journalists and news agency representatives.
The winners received their awards during the EU's Development Days held in Strasbourg. In her acceptance speech, Ms. Robson thanked Plan "for the outstanding work you do".
Ms. Robson's article was published in Le Monde diplomatique, a French publication which is translated into 16 languages and has a readership of 1.4 million worldwide.
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