August 19

What I’ve learned so far in my 30 days with Smile Train

Mabuhay Philippines ! I’m in Manila as a volunteer in Smile Train to help children with cleft lip and/palate as a resource development and communication specialist. As an Indonesian, I don’t have any big adjustment in culture or ways of living by moving to Manila. And I’ve been to Manila few times before for work […]

August 19

Challenges of Disability – Learning from Tanzania

Today is the end of my first working week at Tanzania Cheshire Foundation in Dodoma. Before beginning my assignment, I had reviewed the main data about disability in the world. Before Pulse, I was not aware of the amount of people suffering from disability. Inclusion in education is recognised as a basic human right and […]

August 18

Coming Full Circle

At a very young age, my mother instilled in me that even in the darkest hour, at the deepest depths, there is always hope.  That hope may not always be evident, but a sliver of light is somewhere to be found – to hold on to and to never let go.  As a child, I […]

August 09

Forming Partnerships

What does it mean to partner? According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the archaic term of partner is defined as “one that shares: a partaker” and the primary modern definitions is “one associated with another especially in action”. In the first month of working with Partners In Health Sierra Leone (PIH-SL), I’ve learned about how they […]

August 09

Karibu Tanzania ! 5 months with Leonard Cheshire in Dodoma

I can say that patience is the key. When Desmond asked me during the Pulse interview which was the quality I was going to improve during my Pulse assignment, I said “Patience”. Because I knew that in my day do day work, we are always facing emergencies and acting as fast as possible. When I […]

August 08

United in fighting Pneumonia

  Firstly, what is pneumonia? It is a condition where there is lung inflammation caused generally by bacterial or viral infection but could also be fungal or parasitic, which causes the air sacs of the lung to fill with fluid and mucus. This leads to difficulties in breathing and efficiency of oxygen exchange which as […]

August 06

Cali2Philly: My Favorite Day

Rewind to a few weeks ago… As I sit here down the shore (New Jersey, I’m a local now) escaping the triple digit extra high humidity of Philly, my friends are asking about the latest group of photos I posted. I got the biggest smile on my face because this day brought me so much […]

August 06

July: Sustainable Development Goals || Julio: Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible

Every month, in Casa de los Niños, a value of the month is put at the center and heart of everything being done. The objective is for the children and adolescent to be able to be in contact with specific topics that outside of these walls seem un-existing, but, that will build them into better […]

August 03

Enjoy the Ride

This last month has been an absolute whirlwind. And to be honest, I’ve struggled to sit down to write this post. There is so much I want to share with feelings that I can’t seem to put into thoughts, let alone put into words. So, stick with me on this one, you’re about to embark […]

July 25

Stretch Goals: Eliminate Hepatitis C in Rwanda

I’m in week 3 of my PULSE assignment with Partners in Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima (PIH/IMB). I have learned a tremendous amount but have only scratched the surface of all the services provided by PIH/IMB. I hope to improve my information absorption so I can become a somewhat competent team member. PIH/IMB, in coordination with Rwandan […]

July 25

We are Citizen Diplomats!

I’m Moroccan, raised and grew up in Casablanca. I studied in a French school and have choose to move to Paris for my studies. After university and internships, I moved back to Casablanca for my 1st job in Sanofi. It was clear in my mind that I wanted working in an international environment, not limited […]

July 22

Cancer under the Canopy

Imagine if you were ill but your condition was never diagnosed. How would you feel if a loved-one was dying of cancer, but you couldn’t afford their treatment? Many Liberians will never know if they have cancer and those who are diagnosed are faced with an almost impossible problem to fund their treatment in one […]

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 19

Changing people’s lives!

My one week field trip to Northern Uganda was an eye opening exhilarating and highly motivating experience! Apart from the fact that I got the opportunity to spend lots of time getting to know key Cheshire (CSU) colleagues and understand their roles. It also gave me incredible insight into the amazing work that CSU have […]

July 17

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.

I had this idea, lingering in my head, how I could avoid making this too personal and just take you with me on an inspirational six months journey where we address world challenges. The ones outside us. The ones that matter. Not mentioning the ridiculous things like fear of writing a blog. Nothing about my […]