Author Archives: Caroline Lefebvre-Desjardins

January 02

C’est en revenant à un endroit où rien n’a bougé qu’on réalise le mieux à quel point on a changé.” “There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” Nelson Mandela

I came back in France. It is a pleasure to be with my family during this Christmas period, but It’s a shock to come back during this period, the contrast is too difficult to support: Gift, light’s, food’s and decoration’s protuberance. I am not comfortable, I realize how much I have changed. I was thinking […]

November 25

A wonderful day at Usuma Lake

Since the beginning of the Pulse Assignment we decided to visit the Usuma site. This day is come! The first thing we had to do is to find 2 drivers who agree to take us there and bring us back.We decided to use James, the driver who pick up every day the volunteers who works […]

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 […]