counselling

And a New Year Begins

The new year is a time when people's dreams for change in their lives come to the forefront. And Eritrean refugees are among the first ones to dream of new opportunities—a chance for resettlement, a chance to leave the camp they are in, a chance to build a new life...

Diving In

What does one do when she lands in a new project, in a new country, in an unfamiliar culture, and she needs to run a mental health program? 

“It is called ‘HIV’”

I remember the first child I brought to the counsellor for disclosure – finding out they are HIV positive. How he stared at her with big eyes while she showed pictures of the ‘soldiers’ (immune system) and the virus.

“Inonzi HIV,” she said, pointing at the angry-looking green blob, showing its fangs. “It’s called HIV.”