Author: Josh Lowry (Josh Lowry)

Orphanages Aren’t The Enemy
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Orphanages Aren’t The Enemy

[We need to] partner with – rather than demonize – the individuals and organisations who have been caring for children within their own communities for decades. That means recognising that most orphanages are run by imperfect individuals who are doing the best that they can, in an impossible situation. Rather than the enemies of family-based...

Welcome Jacob and Elia!
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Welcome Jacob and Elia!

Brothers Jacob and Elia were referred into our care recently by local social welfare after their mother passed away and their home environment became unsafe. They have adapted quickly to life at Happy Family Children’s Village and are enjoying being showered with love from our mamas and other children. As with all children who enter...

Goodbye, 2021!
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Goodbye, 2021!

The thing we’ve loved about this year’s campaign is that the children have shared their stories directly with you. After Saimoni got the ball rolling, Maureen carried the baton, and now Agape wants to take over. Agape came to us at 8 years old. She was very smart but because of major challenges her mother...

TST, through Maureen’s eyes
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TST, through Maureen’s eyes

Saimoni and the team here at TST were bowled over by the warm response to the letter he sent you all, and deeply grateful for the donations we received to help other children like him thrive. We’re facing a financially tough year in 2022, so these donations for our end of year appeal bring hope...

From the mouth of babes
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From the mouth of babes

It’s the holiday season again, a time to be thankful. This year we know it might be harder than usual, we know many of you have experienced loss and hardship during the pandemic. The Small Things and the children and families we support have also struggled, and funding remains a huge challenge as we go into 2022. And...

2020/21 Annual Report now available
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2020/21 Annual Report now available

Though the past year has continued to be challenging, we are proud of what we have accomplished with the support of our TST donors, sponsors, and friends. You can read our latest annual report online here.

Families and Futures Coalition of Tanzania
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Families and Futures Coalition of Tanzania

The current system for caring for orphaned or vulnerable children in Tanzania is broken. We’ve done all that we can to provide best-practice care at TST, but we know that our programs are a small drop in the ocean, and only reach a small number of kids and families who need them across Tanzania. To...

A New Home for the Francis Family
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A New Home for the Francis Family

At The Small Things, we do everything that we can to keep kids at home with their family, to provide a family-style home when no other is available, and to reunify kids with their families as soon as safely possible. Though we understand why children do sometimes require residential care, it doesn’t make us happy...

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