He has been instrumental in helping numerous Eritreans in Coventry settle into their new lives but now Medhane Ogbagebriel’s tireless efforts are receiving recognition.
Medhane, who has worked at Amazon in Coventry since 2020, has been commended by colleagues for his remarkable efforts in helping the Eritrean community connecting them to employment, accommodation, and learning the English language.
Since arriving in the UK in 2005, he says his passion has been to help immigrants and provide them with the support they need as they adjust to life in their new home. Medhane opened up a community center dedicated to helping the Eritrean and local Black community which now has hundreds of members.
Speaking about his work, he said: ”Today, my ambition to help people is stronger than ever.
“I want to do my best to support immigrants in any way I can.”
That’s BENtastic is an awards campaign run by Amazon’s Black Employee Network (BEN) and recognizes and rewards black employees, those who support the black community and have had a positive impact on society.
Whilst in the UK, Medhane’s selflessness continued to flourish, and he opened up a community center dedicated to helping the Eritrean and local Black community.
This group has helped numerous Eriteans settle in the UK and provide them with the support they needed with job applications, accommodation, and learning the English language.
It still runs today, and has more than 300 registered members. As part of his voluntary role, Medhane also works alongside Coventry Council, helping to secure funding for accommodation support and community outreach.
Being nominated for the BENtastic awards and being recognized for his efforts was a touching moment for Medhane.
Speaking of his nomination he said: ”It was so wonderful to hear about my nomination for this award. I do my best for the Eritrean community and to have my efforts recognized with the award nomination was surprising and touching.”
He added: “I want to extend my sincere appreciation to the entire leadership team at Amazon in Coventry for their unwavering support and dedication to the Black community. Looking ahead, I am eager to collaborate and work closely with the BEN board to solidify our outreach and support to the Eritrean and Black community as a whole.”
Working at the receive center in Coventry, he organizes events that support the company’s BEN network and only recently held an Eritrean Independence Day event for the Amazon team, which involved singing and dancing.
Reflecting on his job, he said: “I love my job at Amazon and the best thing about it is my team. I get incredible support from my managers, who champion me inside work and outside of it.
He added: My team is also very supportive, and I dedicate this award to everyone at Amazon who has helped me over the last three years.”