June 05

From “Truly Asia” To “The Warm Heart of Africa”

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – Saint Augustine In the next couple of days, I will be travelling to Africa! Sounds good or not? Well it depends on your own perception. You might be asking me – Where in Africa? When is the exact date […]

June 04

Amref’s Surgical Outreach Programme- Fistula Campaign

It feels strange to be writing this blog after having returned home almost 2 months ago – just as the next set of PULSERs are getting ready to go out on their assignments! Nevertheless, I think it’s important to share my experiences with you all whilst it’s still fresh in my mind. Living in the […]

June 03

My Pulse Journey Begins

May 24

The marshmallow-balancing gene

You’d be forgiven for thinking that 3 days packed with Lego, marshmallows balanced on spaghetti, silly photo props and a whole lot of dancing (my two small boys think mummy has THE BEST JOB EVER!) couldn’t also be a tear-jerker. But I can honestly say that in all my (ahem!) ‘many’ years of attending training […]

May 22

The Day I Fell IN Love With GSK

It was somewhere around the 15th, 16th or 17th of May 2018.  Over 50 GSK employees from 20 countries had come together for 2018 PULSE orientation. As skill-based volunteers, we were ready to leave our coveted positions, teams and in many cases, countries to be transformed, to experience something, to be part of something, we […]

May 22

So, I’m new at the blogging thing….

And I posted the entire article in the title section the first time I tried this.  So, here’s my second attempt….. I am still riding the energy from our PULSE Training at GSK House last week with about 50+ other GSK employees who make up the 10th PULSE class. I also got to meet my […]

May 21

Forces of Nature

Yesterday I mowed the lawn – it took me almost 5h (I do have a rather large garden, and there was an awful lot of strimming to be done as well). I only did it last week … how does the green stuff grow sooo quickly I wondered? I asked my 13-year old daughter, and she […]

May 09

Amref Health Africa- Celebrates 60 years…

  Dear family and friends, It’s been a while since I last communicated with you and although I’m now back in the UK, I wanted to share with you some of the ups and downs of my last few weeks of my PULSE journey and little bit more about my NGO. There are genuine reasons […]

May 07

Little Big Heroes

Small steps can lead to Big Changes… The unavoidable happened; my six-month Pulse assignment is over and I am back ‘home’ in the la-la-land of the rich, a country which is 100 places further up the rank of human development (literally) from where I was only days ago; now settling back into normality almost too […]

March 20

Back to Blighty!

I am writing this a little behind schedule as I have been back in the UK for a few weeks now and the shock is just about wearing off.  Although I am still not used to the supermarkets…why do we need so many options?! As I settle down into the madness of the West – […]

March 15

Mam Lulu

I am a little behind with my blogs due to my preparation of my Re-Entry back to UK and my role at GSK which I have been looking forward to. As promised I would like to dedicate this blog to a very special lady I met during my visit to Leonard Cheshire Disability Philippines Foundation, […]

February 27

My visit to Philippines Foundation Inc (LCDPFI) General Santos (Jensen) & Tacurong – Part 2

December 12th – 14th Visit to General Santos, Philippines After a very busy schedule in Quezon City and completing my tasks, myself and part of the LCDPFI Team flew to General Santos (Jensen). I attended the Partners’ Conference with so many individuals from various professions, some of the individuals who attended were Persons with some […]

February 22

LivingWell in Zambia, chapter 11: lasting impact

One of the biggest challenges for a PULSE participant is trying to make permanent changes in the organisation you’re supporting. What happens when you leave? Because we were told many PULSE assignments struggle to have longevity, this was something I was conscious of and considered during my work. To my surprise, eight weeks after returning […]

February 19

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” – Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī

Any journey begins with the first step and after 14 months (application through field based), here I am at the end of my PULSE assignment. It is so hard to believe that what started more than a year ago, is finishing.  I do not think of it as ending as much as a beginning for […]

February 16

Vietnam, Vang Vieng and Visiting COPE

Blog number 4 and I’m almost at the end of my time here in Laos – it feels so surreal now, I have already started re-entry calls with the PULSE team and my manager talking about my return. It is coming to an end : ( So, before I get all maudlin about my pending […]