The 5 Baby Challenge

Have you heard of the ‘5
baby challenge?’
As you may already know,
The Small Things has recently been fundraising in order to raise money to
provide wages to cover overtime hours for the mamas for the next two months.
These overtime hours are not just for anything. These hours are vital for ensuring the survival of our newest and most
vulnerable babies and this is our ‘5 baby challenge.’
In the last month a total
of five orphaned new born baby girls have come into Nkoaranga
orphanage; Hope, Irene, Joanita, Lulu and Faraja. One baby is usually enough to
handle, right? This situation is made even more serious when you put into
perspective the fact that these babies are now in an environment that consists
of twenty two other children. This means we now have 27 children in total, 8 under a year old!
Normally, the orphanage is staffed by just two to three mamas at any given
time, plus volunteers – however, with this many new-born’s, that’s just

Meet our five newest girls:




This is why we have been
paying every day for one or two extra mamas to come in and focus full time on
the tiny ones, as part of our one-to-one care program (although in this case, it’s
more like a two-to-five program!)
For those of you who have
been following the steps of The Small Things for a while now, you will have seen
exactly how effective our one-to-one care program has been in the past. It has
literally saved lives and the successfulness of it has strengthened our belief
that little things really can produce great big outcomes!

Peace, at over one month old, weighed just 4 pounds (2 kilos), not gaining an ounce his first month. We hoped that applying an intense
care program would help, and
thanks to your
donations, we were able to fund 24/7 care for him during his second month,
where he doubled in weight!

And this is Peace now! He is a brilliant character; so cool, laid back and happy to sit back and observe!

Our goal this time was to raise
enough money to continue to pay two extra mamas to come in every day for the
next two months. It costs about $6/day for each staff member, which adds up to
$800 for 60 days. Just $800 to make sure Hope, Irene, Joanita, Lulu, and Faraja
all survive. We were overwhelmed with the rapid response and the generousness
of our supporters who donated enough money to exceed our goal of $800 in just three days of our Crowdrise fundraising page going live! 
This doesn’t mean we will
stop there. It is truly a massive relief to know that we have the secure financial ability to pay for the hard work and time that the mamas are taking
out of their own busy family lives in order to ensure that the children of
Nkoaranga Orphanage get the best start in life. This is such a crucial time and we are very fortunate to have such skilled, devoted and
passionate women who do their best for these special little people.
The care for these babies
will still need to continue after two months. Donations towards the ‘5 baby
challenge’ would still very much be appreciated and any amount goes such a long way. Giving up one cup of coffee immediately
covers more than half a day’s wages for one mama!

Our crowdrise page is still up and running. Click here to keep up to date on
our progress and to donate to what is an extremely worthy cause. Please, help
these gorgeous girls to grow up healthy and happy by giving them the best
possible start in life! 

Volunteers are a fundamental part in the everyday running of the
Orphanage. We are looking for volunteers to start as soon as possible! With
this many children currently under the same roof, we need a few more energetic
people to keep them all occupied and having fun! If you think you’re up to the
challenge or know somebody else that might be, please email
[email protected] today or visit our new
and improved website
 for further information. 

Meet new friends from around the world by volunteering in Nkoaranga. In this photo we have Mie from Denmark, Sarah from America and Romany from England!