Category Archives: Save the Children

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 […]

November 28

Decisions, Decisions

Like a kid in a sweet shop, it sometimes doesn’t do to have too many choices put in front of you.   Work and life frequently offer an abundance of great ideas or it might be that there are just too many things to try and get done all at once – so you will have […]

November 26

See No Evil Hear No Evil Speak No Evil

My daughter Armany and I share an obsession for ‘Lord of the Rings’. We have been known to watch the complete trilogy in one sitting, cuddled up on a sofa with a blanket, shouting out the dialogue before the characters’ lips move!   At Heathrow Airport, 02 July 2018 before I left for my assignment with […]

November 12

Lest we forget

….. For your tomorrow, we gave our today ….. Six reflections on what Remembrance means to me, in this 100th Year since the Declaration of Armistice in November 1918. For their yesterday … Lest we forget – Yesterday I felt immensely proud to wear my Scout Leader uniform and be a part of the Remembrance Parade in […]

October 30

Foggy Adventures

“As for Phileas Fogg, it seemed just as if the typhoon were a part of his programme”      Jules Verne, Around the World in Eighty Days When GSK launched the PULSE programme 10 years ago I knew it was for me. The opportunity to make a difference, in the heart of a community serving some of the […]

October 12

The Life of Qi

This is the second in a mini-series about children affected by conflict. Do read my earlier blog about how the crisis in Yemen is impacting children there. I Y A I Q T K I’ve always loved scrabble. I have the board game, a travel version and I have it on my iPad too. 21st […]

October 09

The Drawing Board

“Mummy, why can’t I draw like you?” Practise is what I always say; get yourself the best quality tools you can afford, and practise, practise and then practise some more. Talent and great subject matter will be absolutely nothing without practise to master your craft. Many pieces of pristine paper have been screwed up in frustration […]

October 01

I am remarkable!

After a routine first half this year where I was living a normal life – I left. I am Manjit Kaur Marbaha, devout daughter, mother, grandnonny, sister, aunt, friend and GSK employee. Despite having the above roles and responsibilities, I left because my spirit was restless and it was guiding me elsewhere. Through the PULSE […]

September 21

Half as much again

This week I hit my PULSE halfway mark – 18th September. I started at Save the Children on 18th June and I will finish on 18th December (although I don’t think I’ll bring all of me back from Save the Children).   The reality hit me right between the eyes as it coincided with a ‘ping’ […]

September 19

Read all about it!

Did you read the terrible news about those children recently? I’m talking about the 40 school children who were killed on their way back from a school picnic. I’m sure they’d had a fun day out, and were excited and eager to tell their family all about it – chattering happily over the homemade videos on their mobiles.  But […]

September 04

Outage Outrage!

No train driver, no wifi, no loo paper, no drinking cups… today didn’t get off to the smoothest of starts.   After an impromptu and very relaxing long weekend away (the last of the summer campervan trips probably), I was up with the dawn and raring to go; ready to catch up with what I’d missed and get back […]