Category Archives: Africa

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 […]

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 16

Working with EPI in Eswatini – Part 1 Community Dialogue

First,  I wish you a happy new year. 2019 started for me in Eswatini with some of my family who visited me, it was awesome  🙂 Months after the first blog, and before going back to GSK Belgium, I’m sharing some memorable experiences. All this time, I’ve enjoyed every moment working with EPI (Expanded Programme on Immunization), CHAI, WHO, […]

January 11

The residents and staff of the Ann Harding Cheshire Home at the Golen Harvest Parkrun.

Residents and staff of the Ann Harding Cheshire Home visited the Golden Harvest Parkrun on 1 December, as part of their activities for Disability Rights Awareness Month. The objective of the visit was to create awareness for physical disabilities and to support the many runners who participate in this event. The group had a wonderful […]

December 10

10 Lessons I Learned from My PULSE 10 Experience

“Hands down! This is the best day I can ever remember…” Pamthunzi is a Chichewa word which means “in the shade” in English. It serves as my home for six months during my PULSE assignment in PIH Malawi. A place where memories are created and lessons are learned.   Number 1 : Be brave. The […]

December 06

Happy Volunteer Day.

November 28

New Beginnings

I enjoy very much being in a foreign country, in a new country, new place.  And I also enjoy beginning a new book.  It’s like being someone else.  J.M.G. Le Clezio I arrived in Lesotho on a Thursday, and once I was somewhat settled in to my hotel, it was off to work the next […]

November 21

PAB#2: Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable!

When I was in primary school, I am used to the arrangement where my Mom would give me my total 5-day allowance at the start of the week. And it was up to me how to spend it – whether I want to live a “grand” life, from a kid’s point of view of course, […]

November 13

Leonard Cheshire Disability- The Launch

Yet another exciting moment marked for Leonard Cheshire Disability and for myself, so excited to be a part of the New Leonard Cheshire Brand launch in the East Afrika Region. Ushers on duty on that day: – The event took place in Stanley Hotel, and the guest list was extensive. Representatives from prominent establishments were invited to speak at the event, […]