Annual Staff Meeting
3 January 2012


The full staff of the Deaf Development Programme gathers once a year for a day-long staff meeting. We bring in the staff from our centers in the provinces and give an update on the state of the organization and then address various issues. This year we focused on some sections of policy and procedures which have changed or been added during the past year.

The meeting this year was held at the Korean Ecumenical Diakonia Centre because our staff has grown too large for any of the meeting rooms in our own buildings. To begin the day, Keat Sokly, the DDP manager, welcomed the group, some of whom had to come to Phnom Penh yesterday to be ready for this morning's session.
Keat Sokly opening the meeting
Our biggest project is the Deaf Community Development Project, mostly based in Kampong Cham Province. The manager there is Kong Chanratha, seen here giving a report on the project's activities. The other projects also gave reports.
Ratha giving project report
We started at 7:30 in the morning and had two breaks before lunch. The first break was upstairs on the covered roof terrace where the centre has a kitchen to serve snacks and tea and coffee.
Break time in the morning
After lunch Justin Smith and Charlie Dittmeier talked about DDP's direction. Here Charlie speaks about the vision and mission and values of the Deaf Development Programme.
Charlie speaking of DDP policy
In addition to planning the meeting (very successfully), Keat Sokly also served as technician for most of the day, keeping various laptops and the projector in synch.
Sokly operating the projector
The afternoon break was more simple than the morning break but included these delicious almost-pizza snacks.
The afternoon break
After the break Justin took a turn explaining other points of DDP policy. One point that generated a lot of discussion was the policy of allowing loans against a staff member's accumulated severance pay. Management had changed the policy somewhat to limit the availability and amount of loans in order to ensure that staff members have their severance funds available when they are finally needed.
Justin Smith explaining overtime policy

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