Author Archives: kayehenderson

December 24

Unofficial Christmas Party

So Ethiopia doesn’t celebrate the traditional Christmas like the majority of the world on the 25th December. For them it is work as usual. Christmas in Ethiopia is celebrated on the 7th January and has a very different meaning. There is a large number of expats in Addis Ababa so you see “some” xmas decorations […]

December 22

Introducing 5s and Whiteboards

When i first started at MWECS there was not enough office space; i found myself perched on the end of a colleagues desk, twisted as there was nowhere for me to put my legs, having to get up when she wanted to get up from her desk. When Gelilla (another volunteer) joined us in the […]

December 08

Cervical Cancer Awareness Raising Campaign

Mathiwos Wondu YeEthiopia Cancer Society has been working on paediatric cancer patients since its establishment. At the beginning of 2015 MWECS partnered up with Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon and BMSF to support the growing burden of women’s cancer here in Ethiopia. The programme is to highlight the need for women to be screened for cervical […]

November 12

Visa fun

So this post is more for the future PULSE assignees. Many of us have had issues with Visas no matter what country you are going to. You can do all the research that you like and get support from external parties but if you have a country that has recently changed their rules then it […]

November 06

Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer Awareness month is an annual international health campaign organised by major cancer organisations every October to increase awareness of the disease. Sunday saw the joint collaboration of several organisations in Addis Ababa raising the awareness of Breast Cancer here in Ethiopia. More than 1500 people attended the event on the 1st November. Comedian […]

October 07

September Celebrations

So September is the month of Celebrations here in Ethiopia, with 3 big events to take note of. Note that the exact dates of these can sometimes change by a day or two. Entutatash – New Year, Eid Al-Adha – Eid celebrations, and Meskel- Orthodox celebrations. “Melkam addis amet” – Happy New Year. This is […]

September 08

Xin Chao

So my blog today is a little different. To start with the titled greeting is in Vietnamese not in Amharic. This is because i have just been with a group of Rangers (Girl Guides aged 14-18) on a service project in Hanoi, Vietnam. This had been planned long before i even considered PULSE so was […]

August 14

Gender Awareness Training

So last week MWECS (cancer charity i am working for here in Addis) along with a few other close NCD partners attended a training on Gender awareness. Mrs Martha Mulusa was an inspirational speaker from a womans support organisation (WSA) here in Addis. The pre questionnaire looked at your understanding of the difference between Gender […]

August 03

12 things to take note of if you are coming to Ethiopia (Addis Ababa)

12 Things to take note of if you are coming to Ethiopia (Addis Ababa) Maps are nonexistent; people don’t work by maps or road names. You will have to go by what is near that location. The amount of times i have got into a taxi and then called a local (friend) to get them […]

July 28


Mount Entoto is the highest peak reaching 3,200 meters above sea level and gives you spectacular panoramic views of Addis Ababa (weather permitting). It does also give a well needed escape from the city right on your doorstep.   Our driver drove us straight to the top to the St Marys church where there was […]

July 21

“ZINAB” – Is the word for Rain

When i was first told i was going to Ethiopia i started Googling. One of the things mentioned was that their temperature is roughly 20 degrees all year around. Hmm, nice comfortable temperature i thought, plus there is te rain season in June through to September. Then i started having conversations with people who have […]

July 13

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 […]