I was raised in Senegal West Africa as my parents were missionaries there for 21 years. I trained as a nurse in Ontario and worked at a small hospital in Nova Scotia for several years before joining SIM in 2012. I learned of SIMs medical ministry for people living with HIV when I attended the SIM missionary conference in Malagash. I currently work at the Alafia, HIV/AIDS clinic in Benin West Africa. At the Alafia clinic we dispense medical treatment to people living with HIV, treat opportunistic infections, and do home visits when needed . Alafia is trying to increase awareness and understanding of HIV and AIDS through education, counseling , and teaching in the community. We help meet the basic needs of orphans and vulnerable women as many of our patients have lost parents or spouses to AIDS. The stigma around HIV is high in Benin and many of our patients are ridiculed and rejected by their family and the community. Our goal is to decrease the stigma around HIV and keep families together and caring for one another. When this proves impossible, we have several houses where we can care for them and give palliative care when needed.