Author: Bekka Ross Russell (Bekka Ross Russell)

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Portrait of a birthday

 This is my second consecutive birthday at the orphanage – what a blessing. Zawadi’s name itself means gift – and she’s the best one I could ask for. They’ve changed so much since last year, though! This was my happy birthday reception from them last year – although the video was taken two weeks after...

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Homecoming

I cannot possibly express how thrilled I am to be back here with these gorgeous little faces. The pictures would help, but my card reader is acting up, so words will have to suffice for today! After leaving my apartment in London at 5 am, I arrived in Tanzania on Sunday at midnight, only to...

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On my way!

Publishing might be a bit sparse for the next week or so, but for excellent reason, as in just 10 hours I will be taking off to Tanzania, to be reunited with my beautiful babies! I’ve been counting down the days for months and the hours for days – I could not possibly be more...

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SKYDIVE SUCCESS!!

So, we did it! Not only did we all jump out of a plane for the children and staff of Nkoaranga, we raised a fantastic sum of around £2,500….and donations are still coming in! Myself, Emily, Jasmine, Charlotte and Sorcha are so thankful to you for the help and amazing support you have given us...

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Only Two Days To Go!

In two days time myself and 4 wonderful people will be jumping out of a plane in order to raise money for our beautiful children at Nkoaranga Orphanage. Words cannot describe how absolutely TERRIFIED we all are! Even just the thought of jumping out of a plane makes my heart pound. Personally, the thing that scares...

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A day full of love and cherished memories

Though I never met Reziki my heart still aches at the thought that he is no longer with us. Hearing everyone’s kind words about him is so special as it means that his memory will still live on. I wish that I could have had the chance to know that beautiful little boy and to...

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Bittersweet milestones – three first birthdays

This is a happy and a sad week – it’s been one year since three fantastic kids came into the world. Vicky, November 26th Filipo, November 28th And today would have been Reziki’s first birthday, November 29th. I can’t do better than Amy’s beautiful post about his short life, here. All I can say is...

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Our Christmas Tradition – Why does my family give?

I’m Kristina Alexander, the latest board member at The Small Things. I’m currently studying social work in Canada – and counting the days until I return to Tanzania next summer! Multitasking with David (left) and Ester – look how much they’ve grown! As far back as I can remember I have always wanted to go...

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Education 2012

UPDATE – As of October 21st, we made it – this year’s children are fully funded!!! Please read on to find out about how we help get the kids educated, because it’s never too early to start working on next year’s kids: Pendo, Abdulli, David, and Andrea. Don’t forget that they will need long term...

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Thankful

We’re an international crew here at The Small Things, but today is as good a day as any to reflect a little on the past year and the (many, many) things we’re thankful for. So without further ado, a bit from each of us former volunteers about what we’re most grateful for from the last...

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