Karibu Tanzania ! 5 months with Leonard Cheshire in Dodoma

I can say that patience is the key.

When Desmond asked me during the Pulse interview which was the quality I was going to improve during my Pulse assignment, I said “Patience”. Because I knew that in my day do day work, we are always facing emergencies and acting as fast as possible. When I was told after, that administrative part was quite a long procedure to come to Tanzania, I prepared myself to be patient. I had never thought it would have been so difficult. I think I’ve been through a lot of emotions working on this process with my NGO and Ernst&Young. It took more than 3 months to get all the administrative documents completed, but after a work permit and a residence permit granted, I’ve just arrived in this beautiful country! I could already notice the kindness of the people as Menance, from Leonard Cheshire, came to pick me up at the airport.

Now, working for Leonard Cheshire, I will be committed to a good cause: Disability Volunteering has always been something I wanted to do, because I feel it is part of human being to help needed people. This experience can change a person, in a really positive way: you meet new people, new cultures and you have the feeling that you can bring a real contribution to a real cause. When I have been matched with Leonard Cheshire, it appeared to me as an evidence, as disability is a cause dear to my heart. Being volunteer in France and Switzerland with disabled persons made me a new person.

My Assignment at Leonard Cheshire: I have been matched with the NGO “Leonard Cheshire Disability” where I will act as MEL: Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation Coordinator. Leonard Cheshire Disability is an NGO supporting disabled people in the UK and around the world to fulfil their potential and live the lives they choose. This organization work for a society in which every person is equally valued.

My main mission as MEL will be to analyse data collected on the ground to evaluate and monitor all the impacts of the Inclusive Education Programs in place. I will also train local team to use a toolkit to collect data and visit beneficiaries. The mission can evaluate once I have arrived in Tanzania, depending on the requirements of the NGO and local team. The main objective is to increase the number of disabled children enrolled in schools and enable them to have the same right to education. Demonstrating positive sustainable change will also help generate future funding and support delivery of further disability related projects in Tanzania.

I enjoy simple things and truly believe that it is possible to reach anything in life with strong motivation and optimism! We can all contribute for a better tomorrow, to people lives and create priceless moments!

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney