Bye bye, Burkina! Or, the re-entry.

It's been a long time since my last blog post. This is mostly because I honestly didn't have anything to write about during the second cohort. I often discussed the blog with the rest of the team, and we tried to come up with ideas, but nothing really stuck. It seems ridiculous that it's possible... Continue Reading →

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On honesty, hospitals and hair

This will have to be several blogs rolled into one. I’ve been having major communications issues due to a broken phone that’s proving surprisingly difficult to repair. The problem is the electricity here- while I’m very grateful it exists for at least 90% of the time, the power surges absolutely destroy the batteries in phones... Continue Reading →

Same Shit, Different Country

To set the scene, as they say, I'm sat writing this outside my little house, surrounded by children and chickens. We've just had a heavy and rather unexpected shower of rain, which sent every woman (including me) running to rescue her washing- it all felt rather British. Now the world is at rest, sleeping off... Continue Reading →

Life in Loumbila

Genuine question: how do you make suncream soak in when you're among the top 10 sweatiest things in West Africa? Answers on a postcard. We've been back in Loumbila for a week now, getting to know the place and trying to work out what we're meant to be doing. I'll see if the internet will... Continue Reading →

Bugs and Brakina

My first thought on arriving in Loumbila was that I had seriously underestimated the African insect situation. It was midnight, and after a four hour delay at the airport, three lost bags, and an hour's drive we had arrived for our in-county training. Mercifully, I realised that our Burkinabé teammates were also surprised by the... Continue Reading →

Burkina Fantastico

Confession: I've spent today sat next to a suitcase questioning my life choices. Mostly, I'm wondering if 28 is too young to be having a midlife crisis. Then I wondered... am I having a midwife crisis? And having cheered myself up with that pun, I decided to get on with life. You know when people tell you to... Continue Reading →

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