Category Archives: OGRA Foundation

OGRA Foundation runs an Integrated Health and Social Services Programme to mitigate the effects of Poverty on Health.

March 18

I am Experiencing My Pulse Every Moment – Kindling Hope ♣ & Happiness Around ♥

“Hands Raised to Serve are More Blissful then Hands Raised to Pray”.

March 03

This is the end…

I can’t believe it … 3 days – 72 hours – 4320 min …  before the end of my assignment… Time goes by so fast! Yesterday was the farewell lunch at OGRA foundation, time to remember all the work, fun shared together during these last 6 months. Today was  the day of the implementation of the brochure “to late to walk” […]

February 10

So far, so good

Close to the end of my assignment … Time is running so fast. 4 weeks already done … 4 weeks remaining before my return to Belgium… 4 weeks for finishing my projects… 4 weeks for saying good bye and see Isabella growing up… 4 weeks for thinking  of what I will miss, what I ‘ll […]

January 05

I’m Leaving on a Jet Plane, Don’t Know When I’ll be Back Again

I couldn’t get it all done so I’m blogging my last entry of my experience from the U.S. I’m already demonstrating how time expands! I think back over my experiences these past 6 months and images pop through my head of the people, places and things I have been honored to be a part of […]

December 19

“Weight of words, shock of pictures”

A famous magazine in France has this slogan:” Le poids des mots, le chocs des images” (Weight of words, shock of pictures). I will not be able to reach the quality and the pertinence of this magazine as I did not met celebrity … except one… Mama Obama at the “Worlds AIDS Marathon” in kisumu […]

December 18

Projects and activities

English version Hi everyone, so many things happened since my return. So this blog will be a little bit longer– it is about my activities for my projects and some personal adventure in Kenya. For most of the Pulse volunteer it is the end, time to say goodbye and it is not an easy moment when […]

December 16

180 days in Kisumu, Kenya – it’s time to say Goodbye!

It’s my last week here in Kisumu, Kenya, and now I am really looking forward to start my return travel on the 19th of December and to arrive hopefully safe and sound in the morning of the 20th December at Stuttgart, Germany, and to hug my wife at the airport arrival gate. I am not […]

December 09

A special post about our ‘Earth Day’ here in Kisumu on November 15th

This post is a teamwork from Michelle, Isabelle, Victoria, Martin and me. The photos used for the post were taken by Martin. Each year, “Earth Day” is observed on the 22nd April, which marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement dating back to 1970. For the Kisumu PULSE […]

December 08

What I can look forward to and what I have been grateful for

“Per Angusta Ad Augusta” And so, with this final entry, ends my days of blogging from Kisumu. Me a writer, me writing blogs – who would have ever thunk it. But this was an incredible way to bring you into my world during this time in my life and within my life experiences. And as […]

December 07

What I have and have not missed most during my PULSE assignment

Interestingly, I started this blog series with a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt, and I add this 3rd part today, posted on the date best remembered as a ‘day that will go down in infamy’ as noted by her husband, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. (it also happens to be my niece’s birthday: HBJRS) I will admit, I […]

December 06

“What I will miss the most from my PULSE experience”

Actually, believe it or not, I will miss Kisumu. I have spent 6 months of my life here, how could it not make an impression upon me, how can I not miss it for all of its bumps and blemishes, and yes, great opportunities. For all of its warts, it is really quite a fascinating […]

December 05

“What will I not miss from my PULSE experience”

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” Eleanor Roosevelt <a This four part blog series concludes my PULSE assignment and is a reminder of the many facets of each day, each week, each story that I […]

December 03

Five of the Most Impactful People I Have Met in Kisumu Kenya: Beldina

This is Part 2 of my 2 part story about Beldina Opiyo. What I love about Beldina’s passion is that she is where she lived, she is on ground with her people, she listens to her community, she is not afraid to get hands dirty and help fight their battles that have to be won […]

December 03

“Why do you treat your children like free range chickens!”

Five of the Most Impactful People I Have Met in Kisumu Kenya: Part V-A One character flaw that frustrates Beldina Opiyo, a resident of Kisumu, is a parent’s lack of personal accountability. We were discussing a local pastor’s concerns with his child day care center in his Kiboswa community church center. Many of the local […]

December 01

The most impactful people I have met in Kisumu Part IV: Prisca Ondeche

JoJo, Christine (my wife), myself, and our good friend Beldina had an opportunity in mid-July to tour the New Life Home Trust Orphanage facility just down the road from our apartment in Kisumu. We were so moved by what we saw, so moved by the wonderful care and support each and every child is provided, […]