Together, pamoja, we can build
futures and families for Tanzanian children

"We ourselves know that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less without that missing drop. We can do no great things, only small things with great love."
-Mother Teresa

Why TST?

Kids belong in families, whenever it is possible - and when it's not an option, kids deserve loving, family-style homes. Children end up in our care when mothers die in childbirth or shortly after, suffer from mental illness, or abandon them.

Our first priority is keeping families together, and we provide business training, microfinance, and other support through our family preservation program. However, in some cases long term care is a necessity. In those cases, we aim to ensure healthy attachment with local caregivers.

A different way forward

When children can't be reunited with family or adopted, we work with the community to create long term homes at Nkoaranga Orphanage and Happy Family Children's Village. The kids grow up embedded in their community, where they belong, supported by a network of sponsors from across Tanzania and the world.

The Small Things recognizes that local problems require local solutions, and listen to the community and families we work with, in order to create sustainable, participatory and evolving care plans for the children's future.

What's Next?
Get Involved


Sponsor a child monthly, and develop a relationship that can last a lifetime. Give them a future for less than the cost of a daily cup of coffee! Or sponsor a family with a one-time donation, and help them become self-sufficient and stay together.

Become VolunteerVolunteer

Volunteer with us in Tanzania, and have a life changing experience - with confidence that every penny is being put towards your stay or the welfare of the children.

Send DonationDonate

Every dollar goes farther than you can imagine, here on the ground. 100% of donations through the website go directly to our programs, not to administration!

Meet Johnson

Johnson is a friendly boy with a bright smile and a bit of a mischievous side! His mother and father are deceased, and he was living with his grandparents and two older siblings until his grandfather passed away. At that point, his grandmother requested that we provide residential care, as she is too old to provide the care necessary to support a young child, though Johnson continues to have frequent contact with his grandmother and siblings. He may be one of the youngest residents of the Happy Family Children's Village, but he has no trouble holding his own with the big kids. Sponsor Johnson to begin a life-long friendship with this happy boy!