SELAMlo – Injera, Ramadan and Training Sessions.

Here I am in Addis Ababa. I have explored this city, and have got lost many times; it is the best way to learn a new area (i also now have a “sort of” map!). The people here are extremely friendly and I am adapting to the way of life out here (even adapting to life in a city). There are many different cultures out here and with it being Ramadan this month I am learning through my new colleague all about Ramadan and I have hainjera - familyd the opportunity to brake fast with her and her family. The sharing of Injera is common out here and takes some time to get used to. But I have been told that it is good for you so eat up i say.


Cancer is such a known word to so many in the UK, I am learning that here in Ethiopia there is still the stigmatism that cancer can’t be cured, the lack of awareness and attention there are to non communicable diseases, especially cancer here in Ethiopia has been surprising to me. For a population of 94m there is only 1 cancer treatment hospital with just 16 beds. The Mathiwos Wondu – YeEthiopia Cancer Society (MWECS) is trying to change this. Through my connection with Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon (PRRR) i hope that i too can help change the perception of Cancer in Ethiopia.

MWECS office

My PULSE assignment is to develop a process on identifying funds and creating robust monitoring and evaluation system. At first this threw me i have no idea how to write grant proposals. But with the help from previous Alumni (Clement), and being fortunate to attend a training here with the rest of the MWECS team on “Resource Mobilisation & Fundraising Training” i am now inspired in so many ways, there are many stages and it is a continuous Coconutcircle just like in our ADP training and the GSK change framework.  I can’t wait to get cracking.

RM and Management team pic

To the left team doing the C-O-C-O-N-U-T team energiser.



…….“Oh and the rainy season isn’t what i expected. It rains once a day for about 20 minutes!!! Ok i know i have just jinxed it, but this rain at the moment has nothing on Cumbria rain”.

P.s. my favourite new word for the day is “Kezah”, it means “and then” in Amharic


  1. Wow – I am absolutely stunned by the cancer statistics; every little bit you do Kaye is going to make a difference in someone’s life I just know it! We all miss you here in Cumbria and yep… it’s raining as I type!

  2. Kaye….. How great it is to hear from you and to be able to start following your journey! I am so happy you are adjusting and enjoying your experience thus far. Can’t wait to see more photos and read all about your adventures with PRRR! Continue to Be the Change…….

  3. Thanks so much for sharing this first blog, Kaye! Fantastic to hear of your experiences and see your photos too. Glad to see your positive, “can do” attitude towards your work – seems like you have the opportunity to make a real impact given the state of affairs around cancer & NCDs in Ethiopia! Look forward to hearing more as your journey continues 🙂

  4. We’ll done Kaye. Knowing you from old I’m sure you’ll be successful. Nice to find out what you were actually doing, can’t wait to read all about it.

  5. Great blog Kaye. Cancer is a scary disease but many beat it every year. Best of luck on your assignment. God bless:)

  6. Great to hear you are setlling in well and exploring the local area. It sounds like you are on quite a quest in representing cancer there – I wish you the very best of luck

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