Counseling is equally as important in the treatment of HIV as the medical treatment. We have a skilled team of counselors who are commited to supporting the children we work with. Today meet Betty, who tells us why she works at Tiny Tim & Friends:
What made you dedice to become a counselor?
"Initially I was studying Law but I didn't feel like I was connecting with people or having that great an impact on their lives. So I started something completely different and moved to social work. This way I feel like I am having more of an impact on people.
Zambia is one of the countries most affected by HIV and the people lack a lot of informaiton on HIV prevention. It is important that people take time to learn about HIV and I want to help in that. "
What made you want to work at Tiny Tim & Friends?
"My passion working at Tiny Tim & Friends started when I was an intern for a few months. From the moment I came here I knew it was where I wanted to be so when a full time post came up I was very quick to apply".
What is your favourite part of working at TTF?
"When I get to tell an HIV+ woman that her baby is HIV negative, I can see that the work we are doing is making a difference.
Also I think working with children, you can change a family and that is how you reach out into the community and start to have a real impact on HIV in Zambia"
Why would you encourage people to give to TTF rather than other organisations?
"There aren't a lot of NGO's just focussed on pediatric HIV in Zambia. Pediatric HIV is very preventable and our work can eliminate HIV in children. By working together we can change the future for the next generation of Zambians - our work is important and I hope our donors feel that when they give to us."