Author Archives: biancasquillaci

November 30

Christmas in Munsieville

Some festive spirit came to Munsieville today as the Project HOPE UK/ Thoughtful Path Munsieville team and community volunteers held the tshepho children’s party (tshepo means hope in sesotho, one of the many languages of South Africa). We didn’t count but we think around 400-500 children attended. The party was held at the site of […]

November 28

First Day in Munsieville

After spending the last 5 months of my Pulse assignment working with the team in the UK to  develop our You Grow-They Grow schools activity (, I’m spending this week in Munsieville, South Africa and am getting the chance to see the work of Project HOPE UK in the community, firsthand. First, a bit about […]

July 22

Cosmos and cake

This week we held two plant sales, one at GSK Stockley Park and one at GSK Ware, to raise money and awareness about You Grow They Grow, Project Hope UK’s initiative to eradicate childhood malnutrition in Munsieville by 2020. I think some of the things I hadn’t fully appreciated until I started working with Project […]

July 22

Time for some market testing

I don’t know anything about gardening or children. So putting together a schools programme about growing vegetables is proving to be very interesting. Given that we are about to ask potentially thousands of children to grow some vegetable plants for us, I decided that I needed to have a go at growing some vegetables first, to […]

July 22

Sunny in Stockley Park

I am very privileged to work with some lovely people. When I first started thinking about applying to Pulse, I spoke to a few alumni to get an idea of what it might be like. All of them said what a great experience it was and how much they’d enjoyed it. They also said they […]

July 20

A late start

I’ve been on my Pulse assignment for a month now and you might have noticed that it’s taken me a while to get going on my blog. It’s not that nothing has happened over the last four weeks or so but I’ve never written a blog or even a diary before so it all feels […]