Author: Bekka Ross Russell (Bekka Ross Russell)

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Days to celebrate

I have a confession to make, one that may not come as a huge surprise to those of you who have been following the blog for a while. I adore and am hopelessly in love with every single one of our kids. But one little girl has had her tiny fist wrapped around my heart...

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Board Bios – Megan Williams

From left: Abdulli, me, Farajah, Stevie,and Andrea (under the hat!)  My name is Megan Williams. I am a student from Manchester in Northern England and I’m just starting my degree in Politics, Sociology and Psychology at university this year. I have never wanted to go straight to university; taking a year to see and do...

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Housekeeping

A few quick updates – I’m now posting on Twitter for The Small Things – follow me @Smallthingsorg! There’s also a great article out from the Record Journal about our organization, which is very exciting! Given the press we’ve been getting recently, we’ve added a “Media” page to the menu. If you happen to be/know...

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Facing up to our limitations

For all the ways that we try to make growing up in Nkoaranga orphanage wonderful for our kids, we can never fully compensate for the lack of a family. For the older kids, their relationships with each other are so beautiful that we can sometimes be forgiven for thinking they are just as well off. In...

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Tutarudi, watoto. (We will return, babies)

Ericki (left) and Stevie (right), giving me nyewele pendeza (beautiful hair)! So, I’ve just moved up to West London to Brunel University and am settling in well, plastering my shelves with pictures of the kids, family, happy memories, my life. To me, it’s just a step closer to being back in Nkoaranga, changing ‘pleasant’  (*cough!*)...

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Only 97 days to go…

So, this week has been a pretty hectic week. The start of university, new friends, new city, new life. But, by far, the most important thing that has happened to me is (finally) the booking of my tickets back to Tanzania, and those beautiful children that I miss more every single day. I’m only able...

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A year already!

my very first day, only a few weeks old – they’re become such an amazing, strong kids. Here’s a quick look back at their first year – and in a way, mine. So proud of you, and can’t wait to see where you are in another year, little ones.

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