CEOSS held the ninth ceremony for Samuel Habib Award for outstanding civil work in the presence of presidential candidate Hamdeen sabahy, Dr Yahya El Gamal – former Deputy Prime Minister, Petra Bose PR Bishop of the Evangelical Church in Germany and a number of religious leaders and government officials. The award , which was established in 2000, is a continuation of the founder mission to ensure value of human life and improving its quality, pursuit of justice and equality, dissemination of enlightened thoughts, and confirming common human values and ethics advocated by all. The award includes:
The Associations Award for an association with excellence in social work, providing services without discrimination using new and unique methods. The value of this award is 50,000 pounds. The second is for a Christian leader that believes and works with the same mission. The value of this award is 50,000 pounds. The selection of winners is done by a distinguished group of intellectuals and social and scientific expertise of the Egyptian society.
This year 7 Million Disabled Organization won the Associations Award. It was established by a group of young people with disabilities in 2011 who had a dream of a decent life, positive interaction, and activation of real citizenship and participation in the social life.
The second award was won by Jesuit Father Mounir Khuzam , who spent more than half a century in the service of the poor in Upper Egypt , especially children , youth and poor communities.
In his speech during the ceremony, Dr. Rev. Andre Zaki – CEOSS General Director, said that Egypt was the main concern throughout the life of the founder, either through CEOSS work or through his work. He pointed out that from pursuing the course of events taking place in Egypt now, we find that Rev. Habib foresaw the future. His goal has always been to serve people in need, and this goal is still CEOSS focal point.
Dr. Mervat Akhnoukh , president of the Board of Directors, pointed out that the mission of Rev. Habib respects the value of human life and promotes values of loyalty to the homeland, respect for diversity and acceptance of others.
Petra Booz, PR Bishop of the German Evangelical Church , said she appreciated CEOSS role in the Egyptian community to help the needy and the poor. She confirmed that she prays for Egypt in light of the difficulties it is experiencing, and that the future will bring happiness and stability to the country soon.