Category Archives: Africa

August 09

Making a change

  I have now been in Tanzania for 1 month! In some ways I feel like I’ve lived here for a long time, but on the other hand, time is flying! The NGO that I am working for, Amref Health Africa, is an Africa led organization present in 9 African countries. I am working in […]

August 06

DOING and LEARNING in Eswatini — RECOGNIZING

DOING and LEARNING in Eswatini — RECOGNIZING   Today I looked back at my GSK PULSE volunteer assignment and was amazed that it was more than 4 weeks since I arrived in Eswatini. The days and weeks have been filled with many activities (doing many things) and I have been learning something every day. At […]

August 03

Sand from the Sahara!

It’s the expression that will forever be associated in my mind to my first field trip in Nigeria. Not because I’ve actually been in the dessert, but because in Kano, when the wind blows, grains of sand get lifted in the air. One can argue that it may not be sand from the Sahara (the […]

August 01

Refreshing memories of recent past

Friends, This is my second blog and here, I wish to share few of my personal experiences before moving to Zambia (My assignment country). The most amazing experience, which I can never forget, was the orientation program at London. It was looking like a dream coming true. This program was not just a program but […]

July 26

Meeting Collegues in GSK Nairobi

Isn’t it a lovely and amazing day having met our collegues here in Nairobi . It all happened, thanks to Elizabeth Msafiri ( Security lead Kenya & East Afrika) and Bernard Matheka. Before we head to the office, Elizabeth & Bernard inspected our apartments to ensure that we are living in a safe & secured environment so we […]

July 25

DOING and LEARNING in Eswatini — ANTICIPATING

This picture of the jet bridge at the beginning of my voyage shows the basis for some of my learning while ANTICIPATING my GSK PULSE volunteer assignment in Eswatini.  Just like me, all of us on this jet bridge had done some preparing before entering the jet bridge.  As we were moving through the jet […]

July 20

Arriving in Rwinkwavu…

(Version française : voir plus bas!) Here I am now in Rwinkwavu… a village towards the end of the Eastern road: this will be my base camp for the next 6 months. Beyond, there are another 20 kms with small villages and then… only wildlife: Akagera National Park ! [1] But I’m not going to […]

July 16

Four

“If four things are followed – having a great aim, acquiring knowledge, hard work and perseverance – then anything can be achieved.” – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam This story has nothing to do with the American reality television music competition “The Four: Battle for Stardom” on Fox, or with Tobias “Four” Eaton portrayed by […]

July 10

WE GOT YOU! ( Our NGO: Leonard Cheshire Disability )

I had to blog this, we dont get these coincidences very often, especially not a conincidence of the same mission! Mission to #BeChanged #BeTheChange #MakeTheChange Finally the two ( YES, 2 ) Adrienn _ have re-united in Nairobi, and not only our first names are 99% similar but we are both matched to the same NGO, in Nairobi, only in different branches. How ironic […]

July 09

DOING and LEARNING in eSwatini — PRACTICING

The creation of the “DOING and LEARNING in eSwatini” blog was inspired by my GSK PULSE volunteer assignment to work in eSwatini (former Swaziland).  This blog allows me to share some of the actions (DOING) and some of the resulting insights (LEARNING) from this PULSE assignment.  This first entry provided an opportunity of PRACTICING the […]

July 04

First impressions

(Version française : voir plus bas!) Leaving Brussels airport on July 2nd seemed somewhat strange… I am so used to travel through this airport, however today this is no ordinary business or tourist trip! I am leaving for my 6-month PULSE assignment with the N.G.O. Partners in Health (PIH) in Rwanda…This is in the context […]

July 04

My PULSE Journey!

Today at 10pm, I will be boarding a flight to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. However, my journey to get to here started around 8 months ago, when I asked my manager if she would be supportive if I applied to the PULSE programme. After gaining approval from management, I started the lengthly application form and […]

July 03

África minha!

On the 18th of June 2018 I’ve started my own Africa adventure, and after being in Nigeria for almost two weeks, I feel I need to borrow the title of a childhood movie for my first blog. “África minha” is the Portuguese adopted title for the Sydney Pollack’s movie from 1985, “Out of Africa”, which […]

June 30

Leonard Cheshire Disability, Nairobi (my first few days)

Jambo! ( Hello in Swahili ) Figured i better blog now as so many excitement has happened in a matter of just a few days, and i wouldn’t want to miss blogging some of these special moments. I first stepped into LCD office 3 days ago, and immediately knew i would fit in faster than i thought. To […]

June 29

Call of Nature

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir Second time around in the field… Being a new joiner in Partners in Health, I was given the privilege again to be out in the field for one whole day. I joined the CHW Team (Community Health Workers) and Finance […]