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CELEBRATING A LIFE CHANGED
Sometimes you try your hardest to make a change in a child's life and are unsuccessful - but when you are successful that is definitely worth celebrating and sharing with the world!
Many of you may remember Everson, a 13 year old child who was brought to us last year suffering with extreme malnutrition, neglect, and a variety of other health issues. His story stuck with the staff at Tiny Tim & Friends due to the fact that when he arrived at our Clinic many of our staff prepared themselves for the worst. We worked hard with our partners at Our Ladies Hospice, to provide him emergency palliative care, found him a stable safe home at MacDonalds Farm, and have continued to treat him over the past 18 months to make sure he can lead a healthy, productive life.
Last week our social work team went to visit him at the Farm, to see how he was doing, and whilst he was showing them his vegetable garden he has been cultivating he said he would like to go back to Our Ladies Hospice, to thank the staff who helped him to recover over a year ago.
This week we went with Everson back to Our Ladies Hospice for an incredibly emotional and rewarding visit. None of this would have been possible if it wasn't for the hard work and dedication of the staff at Our Ladies Hospice; the nurturing environment and safe home he has at MacDonalds Farm; and all of the TTF donors and supporters who enabled us to provide 4 months of intensive palliative care and medical treatment at the TTF Clinic.
So we want to share with you in this celebration and as a picture can say a thousand words - here are just some from our day:
Thank you to everyone who made this transformation possible - we are eternally grateful for your support and donations - without working in partnership none of this would have been possible!
Tiny Tim & Friends always welcomes ideas from new and existing supporters who come up with innovative ways to support our work . Earlier on this year Mark and James got married in London and after hearing about the work of TTF through a friend decided instead of asking for gifts from their guests they would ask for donations to support our work.
"We heard about Tiny Tim and Friends through a good friend and instantly recognised what a great organisation they are. We wanted to support them and as they are a small organisation, any donation made would go directly to those who need it and really will make a difference."
Through the generosity and support of Mark, James and their guests $1,125 was raised for Tiny Tim & Friends programmes. The team at TTF send a huge thank you to Mark and James for allowing us to be a part of their day and celebrations and to all of their guests for the generous donations given.
For inspiration on how you can support Tiny Tim and Friends visit our fundraising page or contact our fundraising team and have a positive impact on the lives of HIV+ children in Zambia.
Volunteering in Zambia
Tiny Tim and Friends often have people enquiring about volunteering with us in Zambia. We welcome individuals with the right enthusiasm, skills and time to deidicate to our work. Recently we had a volunteer with us, Elynn Kann from the US. Elynn is on a gap year and throughout her time away has been volunteering in Nepal, South Africa and Zambia. She heard about our work through one of our supporters and whilst she was only with Tiny Tim and Friends for a short time, Elynn's hands on approach had her helping with Fundraising research, progamme design and supporting staff at our Clinic. She has written a great blog about her experience with us for those who want to know more about what it is like to be a volunteer:
- Elynn Kann's Tiny Tim and Friends experience
In August 2014, Tiny Tim and Friends began working with a French NGO, Dessine Moi un Lion (translated as Draw me a Lion), run by Nancy Farrell (pictured).
Nancy is an old friend of Tim's and a huge advocate of the work of TTF. Nancy and the famous French actress Isabelle Adjani (who is the Patron of Dessine Moi un Lion) have set up the organisation as a grant giving body to support NGOs in generating funds from overseas, specifically France.
Nancy recently spent two months in Zambia helping to set up a children's art room at the new TTF Clinic and learning more about our work to support our fundraising efforts. The art room will offer a space for children to be creative and have some time out whilst visiting the clinic with their families, siblings or care givers.