Dad and daughter walking to school in the streets of Philly October 22

Bold Moves

What will successfully motivate individuals with different agendas to share and collaborate? Each group I interact within the Philadelphia educational world have been successful in achieving individual goals but, to solve long-standing issues related to the Philadelphia public school system, every sector must work together and partner with one another. However, it is not easy […]

IMG_2612 October 21

An eventful 3 weeks to say the least….. #becsoneill

The past 3 weeks have been super action packed…Running, donating, game driving, boxing, rafting, jumping….and stealing! (working too obviously J) I now have only just over 6 weeks left here at CHAI and in Uganda so I’m really trying to pack everything in and make the most of every minute I have left. Let’s start […]

Bougainvillea October 21

Gisenyi and Lake Kivu

Screeeeeeeech.  Rewind way back to the beginning of August.  This is when I took my first trip outside the city limits of Kigali.  This will be old news to those of you who have seen some photos on Facebook, but I hope it’s new to someone!  Soon, I will be blogging in real time. The […]

image October 20

Community Mobilization – Does It Really Work?

Here are pictures from a quarterly meeting with the CORPs (Community Owned Resource Persons) in West Pokot, which is part of one of the Community Mobilization Programs, currently in place in Western Kenya. When my project went through a shift, so did some of my objectives. Most of you are aware of the development of […]

My family commandeered a large "bouncy pillow" at a fall festival in Virginia. October 20


Phew, it has been longer since my last blog than I realized.  I’d like to attribute it all to having found my place in Kigali, and finding people and activities that keep me too busy to blog.  And while that is mostly true, I’ve also just been a little bit lazy about keeping up with […]

PULSE_logo_generic_pink October 17

Positive change, gratitude, satisfaction

Today was my last day of Pulse assignment. I cannot believe 15 weeks passed by so fast. I went to Philadelphia Education Fund (Ed fund) to make some positive change. My task was to make an assessment of the Ed fund’s IT landscape and propose a 3 year technology road map.  But I realized soon […]

PULSE_logo_generic_aqua October 16

Be The Change – Emma Drawbridge

VOLUNTEER FLYER If you want to be the change, check out the link and get involved

Life is a chance October 15

Life is a chance

When Bratislava falls asleep, I am in the mood to write … Bratislava castle just from my terrace. An amazing life! Life is a chance and it is up to us how we profit from it. Only WE are responsible for our decisions and guidance in our lives. At the beginning of 2014, I had […]

20141014_143518 October 15

It is all about change!

One month into my assignment and now it is time to share my experience so far being with the IAVI (International AIDS Vaccine Initiative). “All about change” summarizes it all! On the 15th of September when i started my assignment i was in a state of my mind ready to take on any change: An […]

Kisumu outreach 026 October 15

Obstetric fistula, ever heard of it?

Just back from surgical camp at Kisumu to repair obstetric fistula(VVF or RVF).Obstetric fistula is common in Africa,caused by delay in delivery of the baby,the head pressing against the soft tissue,cutting off blood supply and causing tissue death and so a hole.The women then leak faeces or urine and are isolated from their community.Repairing the […]

Isabella October 14

A baby girl born in Ombeyi called Isabella

In the last 2 weeks, this young lady gave birth to a little girl called Isabella. The story began on Wednesday morning on my arrival in Ombeyi Medical Centre. A 17 year-old lady called Marceline had been in labour since the previous day. The nurse was not confident that it would be a normal delivery […]

Dress October 13

Body Image and Women of Different Cultures

Much of my work in Kenya has been around female empowerment. My perspective on female empowerment has grown tremendously since I’ve been here and continues to expand. Lately, I have seen so much in the media regarding different age groups of females and their views on being a girl (if you haven’t seen the YouTube: […]

Me with some of the orphans. October 13

Adapting to Different Cultures

I’ve been thinking a lot over the past few weeks about how I’ve now become so used to living in Rwanda and the Rwandan way of doing things. This includes everything from walking down the streets without tripping over or falling into one of the deep open gutters to driving like a local (probably not […]

RIMG0644 October 12

Elephants, Hippos, and Crocs, oh my! (Posted for August 25th)

Well the first few weeks have come and gone, but I definitely feel like I have been here a lot longer. It’s hard to imagine that I will be here until sometime in February 2015, but I am excited for the challenges and experiences it will bring. I have met a lot of interesting people; […]

Tabaski (3) October 12

Aïd al Adha / Aïd el-Kébir / Tabaski

Version française – English version further down in the document. J’ai eu la fortune d’être invitée le dimanche 5 octobre à partager la Tabaski avec Miriam et sa famille. Je les en remercie du fond du cœur car ce fut une expérience unique (voir plus bas pour plus de détails sur la Tabaski). Je les […]


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