February 13

Back at GSK – a new start

Finally, I am back at GSK, I started working last week on 4th February immediately after my return, as I felt that was the best way for me.  I used the past week to readapt to the weather and my daily routine in Siena. The most difficult part was managing the emotions, I was happy to […]

February 01

Welcome back to GSK – A new beginning

Finally, in January I made my long-awaited return to GSK after successfully completing my 6 months PULSE assignment with Save the Children in the capacity of Co-design Advisor. What an incredible journey this has been for me. It felt strange at first – more like walking into a new work place. A lot has happened […]

February 01

Every beginning must have an end – the final goodbye

And so, with the pre-design workshop out of the way, I began the slow winding down of my assignment. I still have a couple of things to do like updating my project charter and my budget sheet. When I look back to when it all started that cold morning in April in London, I wonder […]

February 01

The Program design that was not – thinking outside the box

Suddenly, it seemed I have run into a kind of hitch on my journey! The project team received the information that the research partner had revealed it was unable to conduct the Situation analysis which was initially slated for October and was proposing a new date in quarter 1 of 2019. The implication was that […]

January 29

N.R.G.

As I stood at the copier in Save the Children International’s London Office during my last week, I noticed this little packet on the store cupboard shelf labelled ‘NRG-5’. It was a reminder that staff at Save the Children are always ready and poised to help children in need at the time of a global humanitarian crisis. […]

January 25

Like a dream come true

I still remember the day a year ago, when I had my first interview with the PULSE team contact at GSK, offering a few options of roles I might  be interested in for PULSE.  The first 2 options they talked me through were similar to roles I had already had at GSK.  The third option […]

The Change I Can Be

Before I left Abuja on December 9 there were the final touches to be made to my project. People to meet, project charter deadlines to meet and presentations to be made, however, the most important part was making sure there were memories to carry back with me. Memories of people who made my day special […]

January 20

Part 6: I did it!

This is my last week before the end of my mission, it’s been almost 190 days since the beginning of this PULSE adventure! C’est ma dernière semaine avant la fin de ma mission, cela fait presque 190 jours depuis le début de cette aventure PULSE! This week is a crucial week that will close the […]

January 16

Working with EPI in Eswatini – Part 1 Community Dialogue

First,  I wish you a happy new year. 2019 started for me in Eswatini with some of my family who visited me, it was awesome  🙂 Months after the first blog, and before going back to GSK Belgium, I’m sharing some memorable experiences. All this time, I’ve enjoyed every moment working with EPI (Expanded Programme on Immunization), CHAI, WHO, […]

January 11

The residents and staff of the Ann Harding Cheshire Home at the Golen Harvest Parkrun.

Residents and staff of the Ann Harding Cheshire Home visited the Golden Harvest Parkrun on 1 December, as part of their activities for Disability Rights Awareness Month. The objective of the visit was to create awareness for physical disabilities and to support the many runners who participate in this event. The group had a wonderful […]

January 09

Talk to the wall

This is the third and last in my mini-series of blogs about children in conflict, looking at the immediate and longer term impact of conflict on children in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. If you haven’t already, do read my earlier blogs about the situation facing children in Yemen and in Myanmar. **** Mornings in my […]

January 08

Dear Future PULSE Volunteers

It’s been 162 days since I started my PULSE journey. What have I learned? As my assignment is coming to an end, here are my top 5 tips for those who applied or are thinking about applying to the 2019 cycle. 1. Be adaptable: have an open mind. You will be new to the work pace and […]

December 19

More life-changing experiences

Hi everyone! These are the most important things I have been working on, since my last post: Promoting the Foundation In the process to do fundraising for the non-profit, I have been visiting several companies, Professional Chambers, Employee Associations, Media companies, etc, to share with them the transformational project that is being done by La […]

December 19

Part 5: Final Stretch…the verdict!

This is my last straight before my return to GSK land! But before that I will leave from 7th to January 13th in Benin in Cotonou to test the training material that I developed! I am both, impatient and anxious about the result ! C’est ma dernière ligne droite avant mon retour chez GSK land, ! […]

December 17

Speed-dating with a mission: To fundraise

It has been many years since I’ve done something totally out of my comfort zone.  Combine that with my personality, where I am most comfortable lounging around at home, reading a book or watching a movie. So, it took courage to encourage my NGO to pay for me to go to a networking event on […]