Category Archives: Save the Children

November 06

Of Monuments and Maple Syrup

So I think I have begun a lifelong love affair with the Washington Monument.  Its simplicity is what I first noticed about this monument and when you are in downtown DC, it seems to follow you everywhere you go.  It is a reminder of courage, strength and perseverance, no matter what the circumstances.  Its beauty […]

October 04

Changing Communities

My second major objective for joining Save the Children seems obvious but sometimes in any large organisation it is understanding the impact of what you are doing directly to the child or the patient. This was a major driver for me and was fortunate to gain this understanding based upon an opportunity to carry out […]

October 04

Fighting Pneumonia together – Save the Children / UNICEF Partnership

  I cannot believe how quickly time is progressing just over half way through my assignment, I have just returned from Nairobi, Kenya after meeting two of my main objectives during my time with Save the Children. The first was facilitation and co-ordination of a face to face meeting on Pneumonia. Pneumonia is a forgotten […]

September 30

Redefining Invincible

This one might seem a bit random, but there is a point, so please bear with me.  I love the song Invincible by the band Muse.  Definitely in my top 5 favourite songs with such illustrious company; U2, Abba, John Denver and Coldplay.  There is something about it that inspires me into action.  And then […]

September 16

Change before you have to

It’s an early, rainy morning. I’m listening to Ludovico Eianudi. The music perfectly complements the sounds of the falling rain drops and birds outside. Yet it’s only when I look away from the computer that I’m reminded where I am. Outside my window I see a little garden of tropical flowers, coconut palm tree tops […]

August 28

A Borderlands Story

This is my first blog post ever!  And like many before, I have to say, the idea of posting a story was a little bit daunting.  However, Pulse is about development and pushing ourselves outside our comfort zones, so here goes!!! Through the Pulse matching process, I was incredibly honoured to be matched with Save […]

August 08

United in fighting Pneumonia

  Firstly, what is pneumonia? It is a condition where there is lung inflammation caused generally by bacterial or viral infection but could also be fungal or parasitic, which causes the air sacs of the lung to fill with fluid and mucus. This leads to difficulties in breathing and efficiency of oxygen exchange which as […]

July 17

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.

I had this idea, lingering in my head, how I could avoid making this too personal and just take you with me on an inspirational six months journey where we address world challenges. The ones outside us. The ones that matter. Not mentioning the ridiculous things like fear of writing a blog. Nothing about my […]

July 09

The basics of Life

We sometimes forget living in the western world how we take for granted the basics of being nourished and having the appropriate level of sanitation and cleanliness. This was never emphasised more to me than in the two project outcome reviews I attended where Save the Children have played a vital role in and collaborated […]

June 20

My Journey begins..

Like any journey there is a start, middle and end. So firstly, where did mine start? I think we must go right back to the beginning with my heritage and culture. I am Indian by origin but born in Uganda and like so many members of my family came to England in 1972 because of […]

February 01

Welcome back to GSK – A new beginning

Finally, in January I made my long-awaited return to GSK after successfully completing my 6 months PULSE assignment with Save the Children in the capacity of Co-design Advisor. What an incredible journey this has been for me. It felt strange at first – more like walking into a new work place. A lot has happened […]

February 01

Every beginning must have an end – the final goodbye

And so, with the pre-design workshop out of the way, I began the slow winding down of my assignment. I still have a couple of things to do like updating my project charter and my budget sheet. When I look back to when it all started that cold morning in April in London, I wonder […]

February 01

The Program design that was not – thinking outside the box

Suddenly, it seemed I have run into a kind of hitch on my journey! The project team received the information that the research partner had revealed it was unable to conduct the Situation analysis which was initially slated for October and was proposing a new date in quarter 1 of 2019. The implication was that […]

January 29

N.R.G.

As I stood at the copier in Save the Children International’s London Office during my last week, I noticed this little packet on the store cupboard shelf labelled ‘NRG-5’. It was a reminder that staff at Save the Children are always ready and poised to help children in need at the time of a global humanitarian crisis. […]

January 09

Talk to the wall

This is the third and last in my mini-series of blogs about children in conflict, looking at the immediate and longer term impact of conflict on children in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. If you haven’t already, do read my earlier blogs about the situation facing children in Yemen and in Myanmar. **** Mornings in my […]