Author Archives: thomasmoens

Bla ndai*

*Goodbye in baoulé At the end of this wonderful period in Côte d’Ivoire, it is a good moment to look back and write a wrap-up of all my experiences here. After my arrival in Man early September 2013, I was immediately thrown in the water. The least you can say is that this start was […]

February 16

Colours and smells

The amazing mix of street sellers, beggars, garbage, buses touting for passengers, inpatient taxi drivers, smells of food and car gases, and lots, lots of people, that’s the western city of Man in Côte d’Ivoire. But also on market days in the villages, you can feel something of this atmosphere. Hereunder some impressions of this […]

January 26

Nature in Côte d’Ivoire

In this blog you can find a series of pictures to give you an idea of nature in Côte d’Ivoire. Enjoy.

December 29

Mission to Nidrou

On 15 and 16 November, a team of Save the Children (with Benjamin « Collins » Tarlue and myself) and AIBEF, a partner NGO, organised a screening of malnourished children in the health center of Nidrou, a village close to the Mont Peko National Park. Part of this Park, covering 30,000 ha of forest, is illegally occupied […]


Due to different reasons, the west of Côte d’Ivoire was strongly hit by different conflicts and harbours a large number of refugees. After an armed uprising in 2002, Côte d’Ivoire was de facto split in a northern, rebellion part and a southern, government-backing part until 2010. Man was lying in the northern part, with the […]

Zes maanden in Côte d’Ivoire

Soms krijg je van die kansen in je leven die je niet mag laten liggen. Dit is er zo één. Elk jaar kunnen 40 werknemers van GlaxoSmithKline, het bedrijf waar ik werk, gedurende 6 maanden vrijwilligerswerk doen bij een caritatieve organisatie over de hele wereld. Ik was één van de gelukkigen, en kreeg de kans […]

Global Day for Child Survival in Man

Since mid September we were busy with the preparation of the Global Day for Child Survival, a day organised by Save the Children around the world to raise public awareness to the need for health and nutrition for all children. Especially in Côte d’Ivoire, the situation is really urgent. Some shocking numbers. Out of 9 […]

Health in the field

The last weeks we were regularly in the field, visiting hospitals and health centres to take interviews from pregnant women, women with children, health workers and authorities for a baseline survey. Not an easy task, because of the limited number of cars for the different projects, the distances to the villages, and the state of […]

September 29

First month in Côte d’Ivoire

It seems like yesterday that I took a Brussels Airlines flight with destination Côte d’Ivoire. That was on Monday 02 September, also the first school day for a lot of children in Belgium. After the intense goodbye and the check-in procedures, the airplane took off at noon. Five hour thirty minutes later, there was a […]

August 26

It’s coming closer

End of August, and the clock is ticking. Still 8 days to go before I will be taking off for Côte d’Ivoire. Six months of working in a health and nutrition project of Save the Children around the city of Man, in the western area of the country, is lying in front of me. On […]