An African Reading Club in Australia

G’day from wintry Melbourne. I am now past the halfway  mark  through my assignment with Save the Children Australia. When I first told my friends that I was doing a Pulse Assignment in Australia most people raised their eyebrows and looked a bit surprised. Do Australians need help from NGOs? I guess the normal man on […]


À première vue, il s’agit peut-être d’un terme douteux, considérant l’état du monde actuel.  C’est pourtant le seul mot qui me revenait en tête.  Je me suis demandé à quelques reprises si ce mot était « approprié ». Mais plus j’y réfléchissais et plus le temps passait, ce terme s’imposait.  Je vivais une véritable explosion des sens, […]

My lil friend …. Bhutu 

My father used to always say   – at the heart of life lies the relationship we have with other people,  close by or may be far away at the other side of the world. It is also important that how you let these relationships flow and grow . I am a strong believer of […]


It may sound like an odd choice of a word – explosion. Especially in the troubled world we live in. It really was the only word that kept coming back to me, and I certainly wondered if this was an “appropriate” choice. But the more I thought about it, and the longer it took to […]

IMG_3773 August 25

Few Pages from My Diary (Visit to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve)

It was very cold early morning of August 12th, we were on our way to explore Maasai Mara.  The Maasai Mara National Reserve (also known as Maasai Mara and by the locals as The Mara) is a large game reserve in Narok County, Kenya; adjacent to Serengeti National Park in Mara Region. I heard a […]

IMG_20160823_095742 August 24

A message of Solidarity: you can make the difference!

Goleta August 24, 2016 Dear reader, I’m writing just now after having received sad news: tonight (at 3.36 am) a strong earthquake (6.0 magnitudes) hit some zones in center of Italy (Lazio, Umbria and Marche). There is no other way to tell you how I am feeling…. Even if I am now far by my […]

IMG_6620 August 24

Go Slow to Go Fast

  It has been an interesting couple of weeks in Zambia. We have faced the election of a new president. This has proved to have some noteworthy times, as there is conflict between the two parties and accusations of rigging etc. I followed the strong advice I was given from reliable sources to stay indoors […]

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


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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