Category Archives: Africa

March 26

Chapter 6: “To be sitting on a gold mine”

Hi everyone, I am still waiting for your answers to my last post’s request with your suggestions for the next one… (That was sarcasm: You see? I’m still here…) as you can see, I’ve already started writing it since it seemed that no one was going to answer or had any questions. So, I’ll continue […]

February 28

Colors of the Wind

“Giving Angels Wings to Soar”- this is what the tag said on a bracelet given to me by my godmother, my Aunt Margaret Crosby before I left to go to Uganda.  My family, friends and co-workers celebrated with me when I got the news that I was going to work with Eminyeeto, a girl empowerment program […]

February 17

Greetings again from Lusaka!

  It has been months since I wrote my first blog and I am justifying this to myself by taking a quote from a book I read long time ago: “Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish. (Herman Hesse, […]

February 12

Chapter 5: “The chameleon changes colour to match the earth….”

I am here again after my Christmas break…it is been quit. A long time without writing and, perhaps, my “inspiration” has gone while I was in Spain and I need more time to adapt myself again after my break…or may be too much work, because I am in the discount time and I need to […]

January 29

Knowing is a thing and seeing is a totally different thing

We always hear about the suffering of millions of people around the globe from everyday disease, the inadequate treatment and how many people don’t have access to essential health services particularly in developing countries. But you will never figure out the real meaning of this suffering unless you could see with your own eyes the […]

January 22

Beauty for Ashes Isaiah 61:3 Part II

The Home of Love and Dreams is where I spent my spare time while I was on my PULSE assignment.  I was also able to participate in community outreach activities alongside with David, Esther and the children.  This enabled me to embed myself into the culture more and learn how Ugandans live from day to […]

January 17

180 days in Africa!

1st day: Take me back home! Last day: I don’t want to leave Tanzania! What happened in between? That is what I will try to summarize in the following lines; I learned in 180 days more than I have learned in my past 5 to 7 years may be! These days changed my life, now […]

January 11

A step towards the Sustainable Development in Madagascar

Hi everyone, It’s been a while since my last post, and actually I’ve been back in Belgium for 2 weeks. However, I had the draft of this following post and I really want to share it with you. During my assignment, I mainly worked on the strategy of partnership with the private sector in Madagascar. And, […]

January 08

Miscellaneous

Looking at these posts how volunteers are living the last moments of their missions, while I am still in the middle of my assignment. One of them it was the case of my teammate in the NCD team at PATH-Dakar when she was finalising her PDP, hand over the roles she was accountable for, and […]

January 06

The gift I got for Christmas

The challenge my mentor gave me when stepping into this wonderful adventure was to explore my thoughts and feelings openly, and use the blog to help open up emotionally, as I can be a little guarded. As the 6 months time has passed I have realised how much I have enjoyed doing this, much more […]

January 05

Retour en France…au revoir Niamey!

J’ai vécu une expérience extraordinaire, hors du commun, et inoubliable. Tout d’abord grâce aux personnes que j’ai rencontrées dans le cadre du travail, qui m’ont accompagné, appris, soutenu, encouragé à me dépasser et m’ont fait confiance. Puis mes amis Nigériens, Tchadiens, Congolais, Italiens, Indiens … qui ont partagé ces 6 mois de vie à Niamey. […]

December 20

Retour

Hier encore, il me semble, j’atterrissais dans la chaleur de Dakar pour la première fois, sans trop savoir à quoi m’attendre. J’espérais avoir laissé derrière moi tout bagage ou fardeau inutile : je voulais Voyager Léger. Mes premières impressions de Dakar sont un heureux mélange de chaleur, de sable, de chants religieux à la Mosquée du […]

December 20

Full Circle

It seems like it was just yesterday:  landing in the heat of Dakar and being pulled into the unknown. I had hopefully left all necessary baggage behind me. I was Travelling Light. First look and feel of Dakar? Heat, sand, sounds of prayer at the nearby Mosque, colors, noises. I was full of hope and […]

December 19

What a Journey it has been…

Exactly six months today since I started my Pulse journey in the Kingdom of Swaziland. I have never imagined how much I would benefit in this most amazing experience of my life and the impact that I can make to the people. I believe Pulse shapes my heart, my mind, and my soul completely, gives […]

December 19

Last few days in Rwanda

It is December already and I’ve only a few days left in Rwanda! Prior to this assignment I was unfamiliar with the Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) and Jhpiego. During the last six months I’ve seen and learnt so much about the amazing work the program does and the impact it has on maternal […]