|Haile Selassie I Foundation - Inauguration|
Sep. 02, 1965
|We are pleased to find, as you have already stated, that the initiative taken in rendering services to |
Our country both in regard to health betterment and in helping the disable, by Our Foundation,
whose progress and duty We follow closely, has been quite satisfactory. Yet, it is quite obvious
that in order to open and extend branches of welfare organizations in the various provinces so as
to enable Our people to get a first-rate medical assistance, it is also necessary to be assured of the
general co-operation of the people together with financial security.
We do not intend to reserve the cause of welfare donations for Ourselves but also to inspire others
to do the same. It is with this in mind that We freely granted Our personal estates and properties.
Besides, it is expected of every one of you who have assumed this holy responsibility, that the
service you render is not founded on the mere struggle to earn your wages, but on the
wholehearted understanding of the unfortunate situations of your fellow human beings who you
should serve with sympathy, conviction and faith. The natural origin of every man being man
himself and thus equal through creation, the only difference lies in the opportunities made
available. Nowadays, science has made possible complex inventions which are put at the service
of man. Yet, however precise these instruments, including computers, may be in their service, they
obviously lack those perfecting human characteristics of sympathy, goodness, generosity and
selflessness -- all of which God in His ultimate wisdom granted only to human beings. Although
man has found assistance for himself in these machines, his superiority lies in the fact that he is
their inventor and he himself is the instrument of God.
To follow up the case of a patient in agony with unfailing tenacity regardless of whether he is rich
or under-priviledged, to constantly help the destitute both economically and/or spiritually, these
should be the prevailing aim of such persons with your type of duties as it should be of any
employee. What is more, an individual who is responsible for humanitarian activities, or one
determined to render welfare services must be prepared to face with the utmost patience and
foresightedness, the misunderstandings that might arise from the person or persons in need of
Money is an instrument, but, there is no duty that can be fully accomplished with its mere
persuasive power. The work of the welfare organization is not merely the distribution of money,
but also the giving of personal warmth, of wholehearted service and spiritual encouragement. The
time we spend in the fulfilment of such duties as the determining factor which demonstrates that
the essence of one's individual values is not obliterated.
We would like to mention with gratitude such names as Woizero Woleteyes, the heirs of
Leeke-Mequas Haile Mariam, Woizero Laketch Birknesh, Sheh Seyeed Abiyu, Mr. J. G. Shah who is a
resident of our country, and others who have donated properties to this Foundation. The actions
of these people assure them both spiritual satisfaction and a historically important place for their
names will be recorded together with their welfare accomplishments. We also thank the German
Federal Republic, the Government of Her Majesty the Queen of England, and international
organizations which have extended their help towards this Foundation.
Since it is only your conscience and your Creator who keep watch and closely control your various
activities, We hope that those of you who are at present serving or will be required to serve in this
Foundation, will render your services and fulfil your assignments with complete and undivided
devotion and conscientiousness.
We pray to God that He may grant His blessings to the welfare duties being accomplished through
|Haile Selassie the First - September 2, 1965|