Hyacinth, from Nigeria, is working with a team of #GSKVolunteers at Direct Relief International, to enhance the supply chain and distribution systems in Santa Barbara, CA. Follow along on Twitter using #GSKVolunteers.
My over three years dream of being part of the Global GSK PULSE Program has been translated to reality. My burning desire to use my talents and skills to improve the lives of mankind finally became a sidebar when I emerged as one of the successful applicants for the PULSE Volunteers 2013 edition.
I am no less happier to be posted to an NGO, Direct Relief International, USA.
After the rigors of procuring visa and other travelling documents to the ‘God’s Own State’, I finally landed in California for my assignment. My first week with the NGO was for orientation and formal introductions. This provided me the time and the opportunity to familiarize with the staff and the environment, and also to adapt adjust to my new family. I held meetings with the Management Team and various Heads of Departments. I also met the staff one on one and interacted freely with them.
The second week was mainly for project meetings with the process owners on the strategic methods of assessing the current state and the visionary prospects of the future state.
Already in my third week of assignment . Active project roadmaps and frameworks are in earnest. The entire staff of DRI behave like one family. Very cordial, receptive, willing, friendly, available, in fact space and time will not permit me to apply all the necessary adjectives that qualify them and the service they render to mankind.
I am not in the least surprised for what do you expect from people whose sole responsibility is to help humanity.
I have started meeting various department with the aim of understanding their current state. This will identify improvement needs and determine the future state.
DRI from my observation has robust and high -tech infrastructures of international standard. Little wonder they can respond timely and actively to any emergency situation to deliver a world of good.
After my meeting with various departments, I would have gathered enough data and information to work on my project of helping them to establish a sustainable business documentation and training process.
I read with shivering passion how in October 2012, DRI responded to hurricane sandy-hit Haiti, Jamaica, and Cuba with life saving reliefs.
This NGO is doing enough to breath a life into people. They deserve all the support that can compliment their efforts.
My involvement in this program is becoming more interesting each day with the renewed enthusiasm and commitment of ensuring I fulfill the expectations and objectives of the PULSE Project that even when I am gone, my impact and contributions to DRI and the world at large will linger on. It is a must achieve and accomplished task. So help me God.