Working as an Expatriate in Europe
My Deployment to Ukraine
After several years of actively working within the African continent; supporting development and transitional projects, the decision to move to Europe for further studies in International Humanitarian Action and to build my professional portfolio as an expat in the field was very strategic for me to build capacity in multi-regional level programming. Shifting from field coordination and implementation to program development, grant management and compliance was the objective.
On July 1st, 2022 I started working with one of the largest International Non Profits in Europe, and was deployed to support the Program Development & Grants Team of its Ukraine Country Portfolio as ‘Project Reporting Coordinator’. Beyond meeting my career objectives, I am more fulfilled in the fact that at such a critical time, I am contributing to the Ukrainian population, supporting the most affected people who are displaced, at-risk and in dire need of emergency/humanitarian assistance. Everyday, I am interfaced with stories from communities on the impact of the war on the lives of different categories of vulnerable population. Reflecting on the contribution of our work is what fuels my energy daily.
Arrival in Ukraine- Lviv, Kyiv
I travelled from Germany to Czech, then to Poland, to cross the border into Ukraine. I had a mix of feelings through out the long 2-3 days trip, thinking about different scenarios but I already looked forward to this trip for such a long time, and I am very proud of myself for making it.
For this intense phase of my life and my career, I am committing to making impact to humanity.
“Could anything be better than this Waking up every day knowing that lots of people are smiling because you chose to impact lives, making the world a better place.”Anyaele Sam Chiyson
The journey is not only inspiring but also transformational for me, as on this side, life is seen from a very different point of view. The most important thing about living is giving! In this season of my life, I have a chance to contribute to the alleviation of suffering, the promotion of human dignity and independence, and I look forward to its fullest exploration.
There are many persons with disabilities, children, women, boys and men of different sexuality and tribe, intensely impacted everyday by the war in Ukraine. I pray for Grace, I pray for God’s intervention and most especially for Peace. I pray for Ukraine, Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, Cameroon, Iraq, Ethiopia and many other Nations at War this day. To all humanitarians deployed across different regions to support the vulnerable population affected by disaster or conflict, I celebrate you and I pray for strength. Do take care of yourself!
Deborah Brown Majekodunmi
18 thoughts on “Working as an Expatriate in Europe”
I enjoin you to pray for peace in all war torn regions of the world… Stay safe
thanks Christiana, Amen 🙏
Respects Debbie, I am really proud of you and specially your selflessness to work. Enjoy the services that are put forth on your shoulders and ace every challenge which comes your way.
Many thanks Mohsin
Well done Miss Debby 💪🏼
Thanks Joanne. Much love
Well done Debby. Always impressive, taking up bigger responsibilities daily, inspiring the younger generation, impacting the world. God keep you and strengthen you the more.
Please remember to mention NIGERIA in your prayers.
God bless Nigeria 🇳🇬
Wishing you all the best over there Debs..
Keep impacting lives
Many thanks Oyin. Much love ❤️
Thumbs up Debby.. Stay safe
Many thanks Otonye
Amen, God see your heart and will perfect your vision.
Amen, thank you so much J
I’m most especially fascinated at how much passion and energy you have for the vulnerable in the society. Keep impacting lives Debby. More strength and grace from the Almighty.