Author: Bekka Ross Russell (Bekka Ross Russell)

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Daoudi, Peace

Remember our new little guy, Daoudi? Turns out the mamas have renamed him Peace, both as a reflection of his personality and, I’d guess, because we already have a little and big David! He’s a gorgeous boy, but he’s definitely struggling – he has barely grown in his first month on earth. What he truly...

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Meet Pendo

Pendo means love in Swahili, and she definitely needs it. Pendo has had quite a rough start in life. Zawadi, who is her sister, was born when Pendo was about two and a half. Shortly after Zi’s birth, their mother passed away and father disappeared. There appears to have been domestic violence involved, but there...

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Skydive!

We are taking the plunge for the orphanage kids – we’re proud and very, very scared to announce the launch of our latest project, PROJECT SKYDIVE! Usually, when someone asks if you care about a cause enough to jump out of a plane for it, you would expect it to be a hypothetical question… HOWEVER, we...

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Blessings

An example of the unwrapping phenomenon at work –I feel sorry for whoever will change Miriam’s diaper! This picturewas taken today at the orphanage – thanks Amy! Maureeni cuddling withEmily in her nappy Today I arrived home to a HUGE package in the hall – and I opened it up to find it stuffed to...

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Thinking Small to Think Big

Unless you’ve managed to hide under a a rock for the last week (and if so, kudos to getting internet under your rock!), then you probably know that the world population hit 7 billion. That’s some terrifying stuff, if you ask me – and I adore kids! But I think everyone can agree that there...

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Frozen moment

This is a completely sappy, personal, emotional post, so if that’s not your thing, please feel free to skip this and check out the other pages, or come back in a few days for something more rational!  I am only thirty seven days away from seeing the kids again – and I couldn’t be more...

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Guest Post by the lovely Amy Summers!

Amy is a great friend of Nkoaranga orphanage who is in the process of finalizing her adoption of Pray, a gorgeous five year old who lived at Nkoaranga until he was three. She has graciously agreed to write a guest post (hopefully one of many!) to keep us updated on the kids! You can read...

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Project Skydive Update and More About the Mamas

Thanks to you beautiful people we have reached our goal for Project Education 2011/2012, which means that Stevie, Eriki and Dainessi will all being going to boarding school in January. So, thank you to everyone who donated! To find out more about this project please click here. We will now be focusing on two other...

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Defining Family

Loveness cuddling Gracie As someone with an obvious vested interest in African orphanages, I’ve been following the situation in Rwanda with fascination. Essentially, the government is in the first stages of implementing a closure of all the country’s orphanages, with the children being returned to extended family or placed into foster homes. One of the...

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Never doubt, and Project Skydive!

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead I am completely in awe of the amazing readers from Girls Gone Child and the supporters of Project Skydive, who have come to our aid in the last few days....

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