Author Archives: sarahxhatfield

Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change – Thomas Hardy

My time here is nearing the end.  I can’t believe over 5 months have gone by and I’m planning my trip back home.  It seems like yesterday that I was getting backed to come to South Africa for my Pulse assignment.  It’s sad to have to leave such an amazing experience and I feel as […]

November 14

Communication Strategies

In South Africa, there are 11 official languages.  Stop and think about that for a minute… 11 languages can be an amazing culmanation of cultures and ideas as well as a source to barriers to communication and conflict.  I have been emersed in an enviornment that is rich in so many ways yet I have witnessed on […]

Time for Implementation

Back in August and September, I helped the Youth Hub in Munsieville develop a proposal to have a youth empowerment camp during the October school vacation break October 1-5th.   I was able to see something come from a need in the community, identified by the youth themselves, and help them bring something from the planning […]

September 20

Cultural Awareness Month

This month is a proud month for South Africans as many of the different cultures are celebrated throughout the month of September.  Soweto which is one of the biggest townships holds one of the largest festivals celebrating food, dance and customs of many of tribes represented here.  Although, I haven’t yet visited Soweto yet, it’s […]

August 30

Such Extremes

Wow, so much has happened in the last 4 weeks.  But, it’s been difficult to really express how I’ve been feeling.  It’s been a bit of a roller coaster.   Some days I feel on cloud 9 with the excitement of what’s being accomplished here.   Someone will totally impress me and I’m in awe.  Then something […]

Living the Values “African Style”

With Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday passing this past week many South African’s have been participating in community service.  They give 67 minutes in tribute to Nelson Mandela’s life and his service.  67 minutes is great but wouldn’t it been fantastic if it wasn’t just 67 minutes once a year?  How do you motivate people to […]

Focusing on the Children

This week was full of so many great experiences. The Youth Leaders facilitated an amazing 5 day Munzie Kid Holiday Club where the children of Munzieville had a place to go while school was out for winter break.  The main reason Project Hope was involved was to ensure the kids had a safe place off […]

Living in Munsieville

Hello From South Africa! This week I was able to really see how the people of Munsieville live.  Some homes are brick with or without electricity and as you move into other areas some are made of scrap metal with some even being made of garbage bags and cardboard boxes. We as a team were […]

Learn more about my assignment at this link

Learn more about my assignment at this link

Hello everyone!  I’m here in London,  getting ready for my deployment to South Africa on Sunday for my PULSE assignment to make a sustainable difference with Project HOPE- UK and the Thoughtful Path Program.  A little history, Project HOPE- US was started back in 1958 by a physician who believed there was a way to empower people in developing countries by training the doctors who work in them so that they can take that knowledge and continue to treat the patients in their own communities. Project HOPE-UK started 18 years ago and has taken that same passion and improved the health of children in poor communities in thirty countries worldwide.  Today, they specifically are focusing on the health and wellbeing of orphans and vulnerable children in Munsieville, South Africa located about an hour outside Johannesburg.

 A fun fact about the area… did you know The Cradle of Human Kind is located near Munsieville?  You ask, “What is the Cradle of Human Kind?”  Well, it’s an area that has produced a large number, as well as some of the oldest, hominid fossils ever found, some dating back as far as 3.5 million years ago.  It’s a powerful and special place just like the people who live there now.  

This week I have learned more about my role as a community development consultant, met my team (pictured here) and have even had a chance to see a bit of England.  Seems ironic but I was able to visit oneImage of the most prestigious areas here in the UK.  The Project HOPE- UK team toured the Windsor Castle where Queen Elizabeth was actually staying (flag signifying her presence).  I also visited Eton which is home to the college prep school Prince William and Prince Harry attended.  I will soon be in the polar opposite situation, working and helping some of the poorest people in the world.  There is a big challenge of head of me but I’m inspired and excited to make a difference and truly give back.  

I look forward to sharing more once I get on the ground.  Thank you for all of your support! 

Learning in London

Learn more about my assignment at this link

Hello everyone!  I’m here in London,  getting ready for my deployment to South Africa on Sunday for my PULSE assignment to make a sustainable difference with Project HOPE- UK and the Thoughtful Path Program.  A little history, Project HOPE- US was started back in 1958 by a physician who believed there was a way to empower people in developing countries by training the doctors who work in them so that they can take that knowledge and continue to treat the patients in their own communities. Project HOPE-UK started 18 years ago and has taken that same passion and improved the health of children in poor communities in thirty countries worldwide.  Today, they specifically are focusing on the health and wellbeing of orphans and vulnerable children in Munsieville, South Africa located about an hour outside Johannesburg.

 A fun fact about the area… did you know The Cradle of Human Kind is located near Munsieville?  You ask, “What is the Cradle of Human Kind?”  Well, it’s an area that has produced a large number, as well as some of the oldest, hominid fossils ever found, some dating back as far as 3.5 million years ago.  It’s a powerful and special place just like the people who live there now.  

This week I have learned more about my role as a community development consultant, met my team (pictured here) and have even had a chance to see a bit of England.  Seems ironic but I was able to visit oneImage of the most prestigious areas here in the UK.  The Project HOPE- UK team toured the Windsor Castle where Queen Elizabeth was actually staying (flag signifying her presence).  I also visited Eton which is home to the college prep school Prince William and Prince Harry attended.  I will soon be in the polar opposite situation, working and helping some of the poorest people in the world.  There is a big challenge of head of me but I’m inspired and excited to make a difference and truly give back.  

I look forward to sharing more once I get on the ground.  Thank you for all of your support!