Author Archives: Caroline Lefebvre-Desjardins

November 22

While walking…

As I already wrote in a previous blog I like to walk for going to the CHAI office every day, and this, four time a day as I am going at home for lunch. Generally, I am alone for this morning walk, and I take my time. I take my time to look around: people, […]

November 15

The countdown has begun

Today, I remind me the moment I decided to apply for this assignment and the one when I knew I had been selected and that I was going to be one of the 73 volunteers from 21 different countries who will be support 26 NGO around the world. I remind me all my interrogations and all […]

October 24

Field trip in the North Western Nigeria

Last week I was, with Nneka my colleague from CHAI, and Mrs Oteka a consultant, in the field in Kano and Katsina states. These two states are completely different from Abuja, the capital where I am based for my Pulse assignment. Nigeria is divided into 36 states. The new capital is Abuja since 1991, but […]

October 11


CULTURAL LIFE IN ABUJA LA VIE CULTURELLE A ABUJA Since I arrived I went to different concert, exhibition and spectacle. The first time was with Jumi, Juergen and Manish to Theater in August. Depuis mon arrivée je suis allée à divers concerts, expositions et spectacles. La première fois c’était au théâtre en Août avec Jumi, […]

October 11

Open heart … A coeur ouvert…

Three weeks ago I was in France for a one-week short break with my family. I really enjoyed every moment spent with all of them. I REALLY enjoyed all that I have. I also realized that, before going in Nigeria, I did not take advantage of life as I should. I enjoyed during this break […]

September 12

Life in Abuja, Nigeria

I have been in Nigeria for more 2 months now. And in less than a week I will be back in France for a week off. These 2 months passed quickly, even if sometimes during free time there is nothing to do…. Here, the time seems suspended. I rediscovered the time, as I was a […]

August 16

Why CHAI employees and volunteers get up in the morning?Pourquoi les employés et les bénévoles de CLINTON HEALTH ACCESS INITIATIVE se lèvent-ils le matin?

They envision a world in which all individuals have equitable access to high-quality health care, enabling them to live healthy and productive lives with dignity and equal opportunities. Nigeria is among the highest contributors to maternal mortality in the world: Maternal death account for 32% of all deaths among women age 15-49 (33000 women each […]

July 13

It is not the strongest of the species that survies nor the most intelligent that survies. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change ” Charles Darwin

It is now 2 weeks that I arrived in Nigeria. I did not expect, by landing at the airport, to discover such a “green landscape”, but it is true that we are in the rainy season!! Picture 1 : Abuja After 1 week-end in a hotel, I decided to move in a flat close the Clinton Health […]

June 30

“This always seems impossible until it is done” Nelson Mandela

Tomorrow I will arrive on another continent: AFRICA It seems I don’t forget anything, I hope!! Because the last month there’s a lot to do in a short time, a lot to think while continuing to work. Thank to my friends, family, colleagues, my 2 beloved daughters and my adorable husband for their unwavering support […]

June 03

Go to Abuja in Nigeria….

I decided last year to applied on a Pulse assignment.  I can finally share that I will be going on a PULSE assignment to support CHAI (Clinton Health Access Initiative). I will be working on the Family planning Daschboard.  I will be leaving  the first of July and will return at beginning of January in […]