For the past several years The Small Things has been helping to find sponsors for each child who age out of Nkoaranga Orphanage to attend boarding school through TFFT, our nonprofit educational partner. However, five years old is extremely young to begin boarding school – especially for children who have been institutionalized and may lack strong connections to their families of origin. In addition to that, we believe there is a general need in the community for more long term planning for children, who age out of orphanages.
As you may know, The Small Things is in the process of building Happy Family Children’s Village, where we will have family-style houses that will create a safe home for children aging out of orphanages and even for children who are orphaned when they are older or who are being rehabilitated after living on the street. Since January 2014, we have been running a pilot project, where Pray, Loveness, Queen, Anna, Isaak and Auntie are living in a family-style pilot house, run on the same model we plan to use in the children’s village, with 6 children and a set of volunteers and mamas working together to create a happy, healthy environment that is as close to a family structure as possible. All of the children attend a great local day-school and return to the house in the afternoon to play, do homework and eat together with their brothers and sisters and house mama.
Sponsoring a child is a great way to support our work, open your family to a child without one, and develop an ongoing relationship with one amazing little boy or girl. Sponsors receive twice-yearly updates with photos and videos, and a letter detailing your child's progress. Sponsors are also encouraged to send letters, birthday or holiday presents, and can track their child's progress through our website and Facebook page. Click on the children's pictures below to learn more about them, or scroll down for all the details on our sponsorship program and to sign up!
To become a sponsor, just sign up in USD or GBP at your chosen level below. Then either pick a child to sponsor through the widget at the top of the page, or include a note with a child's name or asking us to assign one to you. It's that simple!
Let us know if this donation is a gift, and we will send the recipient a beautiful card letting them know about your generosity. You can cancel your sponsorship at any time through your Paypal account or by emailing us and asking us to discontinue it.
Donations are processed securely through Paypal or American Express. You are also welcome to send a check to our headquarters!
The Pilot House and Children's Village Projects are run by The Small Things, and our donors cover all costs for the children. While we want our children to know and come to love their sponsors, we don't want to penalize children without one. Therefore, all sponsorship donations go into a communal fund used to support all of the children's care, and children may have multiple sponsors. We will consider children "available" for sponsorship until 200% of the sponsorship amount is met, and any overflow will be used to assist other children. However, any gifts or letters sent will go directly to your child.
We have five levels of sponsorship available:
• Rafiki (Friend) sponsorship: $15 or ₤10 per month covers your child's toys, games, trips off the property, and medical care.
• Shangazi (Aunt) or Mjomba (Uncle) sponsorship: $30 or ₤20 per month covers your child's food and vitamins.
• Mualim (Teacher) sponsorship: $60 or ₤40 per month covers the mama's salaries and the child's housing and clothes.
• Mzazi (Parent) sponsorship: $100 or ₤60 per month covers your child's day school tuition and transport.
• Shujaa (Hero) sponsorship: $180 or ₤120 per month covers all of the above! Shujaa sponsors can also choose to help cover our administrative and other costs by adding on an additional amount per month.