Author: Bekka Ross Russell (Bekka Ross Russell)

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#STS mini-fundraiser – Art for All

As soon as I heard about #SmallThingsSummer, I knew I wanted to get involved.  What better way to make the most of my summer than by joining lots of other people who are all working towards raising money for the same goal – The Small Things‘ Orphanage Reform Project.  I had already decided that I...

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Project Riziki: The Past and Present

Guest blog: Dorothy Goldberg, Board member Tanzania: A Devastating Blessing Being involved with The Small Things and the children it benefits can be the most wonderful blessing. But what I have come to learn through my involvement with the Nkoaranga Orphanage is that sometimes it can also be quite heartbreaking. When my husband and I...

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Field Trip to the Botanical Gardens

Last week we had the opportunity to send the children on yet another fantastic field trip! This time, we went to the Botanical Gardens in Arusha. With a super star team of staff and volunteers available, it was the perfect time for a trip off-site for all of the pilot house children and fourteen of...

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Join us for #SmallThingsSummer !

You are officially invited to join the #SmallThingsSummer Campaign to help us kick off The Small Things’ Orphanage Reform Project!  By the end of this post, you will know everything you need to know about the campaign and how YOU can make a difference. What is #SmallThingsSummer? #SmallThingsSummer is an online crowd funding social movement...

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Tanzanian Recipe: Mandazi

This week, we would like to give you something fun for you to try! One of the children’s culinary favorites is a Tanzanian specialty called Mandazi. Mandazi are East African donuts, and we are going to tell you how to make them!  If you get a chance to try out this recipe, we would love...

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Outreach: Meet Jemima and Mama Max

As most of you will know, The Small Things works in the community as well as in the orphanage itself. This is so important because we believe that the best solutions are those that allow vulnerable children to stay with their families. It’s amazing how much a little basic support can do to make this...

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Building community relations

What is one of the most important things a not-for-profit or charity can do? Listen. When coming to work in a new community and possibly (as in our case) in a foreign country, we believe that listening to the needs of the community is absolutely vital if your work is going to have a positive...

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Kids are thriving at Dinka school

We have exciting news from Tanzania, because the kids at the pilot house have just started their second term at school, with the help of our amazing sponsors! One of the new classrooms at Dinka school Despite the positive reports we initially received about Amani (the school the kids attended during the first term), we...

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