People1 August 23

An African-American in Africa — Robin in Rwanda

I’ve been “writing” this particular blog for weeks.  I had the feelings, but either I didn’t have the words or I had too many words: Awe, pride, love, wonder, happiness,  anger, fear, hope.  How could I feel all of these things, sometimes at once, I wondered.  And how do I express them?  Then I came […]

pic7 August 23

Hello Bangkok 2.0

Hello it’s me! Welcome to my 2nd blog. The 1st month was very tough for me here as I’m alone and suffering from severe homesick. I miss the food, the people, the rhythm of live in Malaysia… Luckily, I survived my last few weekends here with my friends that came here for holiday during Raya. […]

SFCN August 22

SeriousFun…begins!

I started my Pulse journey on Aug 15th (coincided with Indian Independence day) with Serious Fun Children’s Network Support Center in Westport, CT, USA. For those who may not what they do – SeriousFun Childrens Network (SFCN) provides life changing experiences through camps for children living with serious illness. It was founded by the iconic Hollywood […]

workshop 2 August 22

Project Plan vs Change Plan

Last week I facilitated a workshop on change management for the US Program staff at Save the Children.  I worked with a wonderful trainer from Save the Children, Emily Stumph (standing to the left of picture above)..  Emily had just recently been through ADP training delivered by GSK trainers and was a great partner to work […]

yoga in harlem August 22

Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire!

A tiny ribbon of black smoke curls up over the window pane as she reflexively touches the wall with the back of her had. Allison feels heat and knows that there is fire slowly snaking its way through the laundry room walls.  Panic! Eight small children innocently napping one floor below as her aide silently […]

IMG_4934 August 22

Managing the Monkey

Inhale… Exhale… Repeat… focus only on the air flowing in and out of your lungs. Train your eyes on a single spot.  Stay completely still.  Do not address that itch on your nose or the tingle in your arm.  If you have thoughts of daily life, release them from your mind.  Inhale… Exhale… Repeat…  If […]

IMG_20160728_105207132_HDR August 22

Interview Schedule Youth Livelihood.

Mid month of pulse assignment, spend lot of time in slum area listening the needs and concern of the youth age between 15 to 29 years. Interview Schedule includes the youth livelihood of their need and concern of urban slum. Most of them are migrant and they don’t have perfect living condition include Drinking Water, […]

IMG_3620 August 21

How do you experience culture?

This time I want to write about me experiencing Kenyan culture. The longer I stay on my PULSE assignment, the less sensitive I get to the cultural differences, I simply get used to them. So I feel it’s the right time and place to capture some of the things that have impressed me so far. How do […]

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Aashraya – Means a Shelter

Its been almost 60 days since I started working for my NGO – Aashraya Seva trust , Bangalore . Today , I would like to introduce those people for whom I am here . These people & their love for me , has made my commitment stronger than ever before to bring back smile on […]

child August 19

Have you got a kid? Or a nephew?

…And do you know that one of his/her official and fundamental right is to have a name?? This is defined by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). I thought “does it really have to be a right?” It had to be written, because in some places around the world, children don’t even […]

bright stars August 19

In the Darkest of Nights Shines the Brightest of Stars

I’ve been working at The Bethel Hospice for the past 6 weeks, there is so much to say and it is hard to know where to begin.  I guess I will start from the beginning.  I opened the front door of the Bethel Hospice at 9 am on July 4, I was greeted by the […]

boat August 19

Resiliency

Resiliency (noun): able to recover quickly; able to return to original form after being bent, compressed or stretched out of shape. A human ability to recover quickly from disruptive change without being overwhelmed or acting in dysfunctional or harmful ways. Now that is a definition!  The last couple weeks I have been thinking about resiliency. […]

2 August 19

Challenge the Challenges.

The only disability in life is a bad attitude. Scott Hamilton Same true for them as well . World is silent for them but not their action. They ready to fly high, even sky is not limit. They are hero; I met in our NGO Leonard Cheshire Home where they are taking formal computer education […]

IMG_5453 August 18

Some People Winter in Florida, I want to Summer in Seattle

When you don’t live in the Pacific Northwest and most of what you know about Seattle comes from Grey’s Anatomy, you assume it is gray and rainy every day. As it turns out, the summer time here is absolutely beautiful. As someone who doesn’t like humidity, I can say that I am not missing the […]

K  m2 August 17

I am so fortunate……

It has been a couple of weeks since my last update and a lot has happen….the US Little League team from Wailuku Hawaii won the Intermediate World Series by defeating the team from South Korea, the Summer Olympics started, although they do not cover the Olympics on TV in Vietnam ….I had the opportunity to visit […]

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