Category Archives: Regions

PULSE Partners are located around the world.

July 19

Cali2Phily: My intro to food deserts…

This concept was one I wasn’t familiar with until I moved to Philadelphia to start my assignment. Food deserts are defined as parts of the country vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods, usually found in impoverished areas. This is largely due to a lack of grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and healthy […]

July 11

Tirrases: About Poverty & Hope | Sobre Pobreza y Esperanza

Just a few weeks ago I remember talking with friends at GSK and my family about my Pulse assignment and working in Tirrases. I remember how their faces filled with concern about the district I was coming to. I could see in their faces all the words that they use to describe this community. And […]

July 10

From Celebrating Freedom to Settling in Freetown

  Travelling to Sierra Leone to start my assignment with Partners In Health was quite a journey as I only gave myself one day in between arriving from my Philippine vacation and departing on my flight to Freetown. That one day was the 4th of July which is usually spent celebrating U.S. independence with fireworks […]

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 […]

July 08

World Pride Weekend NYC

The following isn’t necessarily a post about my Pulse experience per se. But, I think it was the universe linking Pulse to some ‘personal’ activities that my family planned. Sometimes the Universe screams at you and in this case reaffirmed why my PULSE assignment with Open for Business and promoting LGBT+ rights is absolutely the […]

July 04

My Volunteeting Journey

By Zina BARRADA – Communication for Child Protection Associate @ UNICEF Ivory Coast Who am I? My name is Zina and I am Global Trade/Tender Capability Lead at GSK. I am as well GSK Job Plus Coach and Mindfulness Trainer. So, my complete job title can include ‘Mindful Facilitator Job Plus Coach’, and I like […]

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 […]

June 06

Getting Ready…

About the journey to get ready for my Pulse Assigment…

May 10

My Journey to Sierra Leone, West Africa and to Belonging

There’s a difference between…  Like and love Satisfied and full Happiness and joyfulness  Understanding and being understood  Being tolerated and being appreciated  Being welcomed and being wanted  Being there and belonging there  After over 6-months living and working in Sierra Leone, I came to know these differences well. In Krio, the most widely spoken language […]

March 18

DOING and LEARNING in Eswatini — Doing

I have called this series of comments “DOING and LEARNING in Eswatini”. In these blog posts, I have shared some of my experiences with a focus on the LEARNING.  I have not yet written about the DOING of the work in my GSK PULSE volunteer assignment.   My assignment role was as a Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis […]

March 06

DOING and LEARNING in Eswatini — Sustaining

  DOING and LEARNING in Eswatini — Sustaining One of the missions of the GSK PULSE program is to contribute real and lasting value to society through the volunteer assignments with our partners around the world. My six-month assignment is long enough to contribute value to the society in Eswatini.  During my assignment, I have […]

March 05

Fund Raising Activity at Port Elizabeth

During my visit to port Elizabeth I was a member of a Fundraising team for Cheshire Home Summerstrand for a cycle race of 106 kilometer. In this race manager of the home Deidre Burger and one of the volunteer Les Kirkland started to support the home in the form of sponsorship toward the annual event […]

March 05

Social Transformation Award

In the month of December 2018 there was a competition of  Social Transformation Award for the NGOs by Government of South Africa as per DRAM (Disability Rights Awareness Management) activities according to that to make South Africa hassle free country for the people with Disability by 2030. So I compiled the case study and submitted on […]

March 05

Fund Raising Activity

We organized a fundraising activity on 15th Feb 2019 at Randburg Park with FM radio channel for valentine couples for 10 kilometers. It was a fun activity in which we organized a stall of pan cakes and we sold about 600 pan cakes in 5 hours. Residents, couples and their families enjoyed pan cakes and […]

March 05

Epilogue : It always seems impossible until it is done!

I am back at GSK since January16th, and I can tell you that it is not so obvious! The feeling of starting from scratch in a new business, with only the people on your team missing but who do not have the same concerns. You would like to talk with them about what you have […]