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A Very Merry Visitor
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A Very Merry Visitor

The children who remained at Happy Family Children’s Village over the Christmas break were surprised by a very merry visitor on December 25th . . . Baba Christmas himself! Though the usual local Santa was unavailable, TST volunteer Shaun stepped up to fill the black boots, giving out cookies and hugs to the kids. With...

Back to School
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Back to School

The school year has begun here in Tanzania, and with its start came some changes for the children TST supports. With the new addition of grades 6 and 7 to Silverleaf Academy, all of our residential and local reunified kids now attend a single school. We are so pleased to strengthen our partnership with Silverleaf,...

Season of Sparks Campaign
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Season of Sparks Campaign

December 2020 marked the first ever Season of Sparks holiday campaign and the first time donors could choose to “earmark” their gift for specific needs such as tutoring, microloans and even goats! And TST was overwhelmed with the outpouring of support! Thanks to our generous supporters, TST not only met, but exceeded our year-end goal...

Introducing: The David Center
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Introducing: The David Center

We are so happy to announce that our new community daycare, the David Center, is now open, and every day it provides a safe space for the youngest TST and local village kids to learn and play! Named for our founder Bekka’s late father, David Ross Russell, the David Center is located on the same piece...

New Clothing for the Kids
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New Clothing for the Kids

The return of our international staff to Tanzania last month, after travel restrictions due to COVID19 relaxed, came with a bonus… over 100kg of donated clothing for the kids at Happy Family Children’s Village! This was sorely needed, with our usual donations throughout the year halted due to the pandemic. The kids LOVE their new...

Connection Campaign Donor Impact on Covid-19
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Connection Campaign Donor Impact on Covid-19

Thanks to donations from supporters who responded generously to the appeals in our recent Connection Campaign, The Small Things were able to provide special measures to the kids and families in our programs. These measures enabled vulnerable families to stay safe and supported as coronavirus spreads through the community of Nkoaranga. Connection was our theme...

A Mother’s Strength Keeps Families Together
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A Mother’s Strength Keeps Families Together

Stories that Connect: Mama Max The Small Things’ success is continuously achieved through the passion and commitment of women. Not only is our organization run by three amazing women, but the majority of workers are also women – teachers, child care providers, nurses, and program coordinators. More importantly, we want to commend all of the mothers...

Livestreaming & Virtual Fundraising. Tech Solutions for Small Organisations.
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Livestreaming & Virtual Fundraising. Tech Solutions for Small Organisations.

Immersion into a New World Reality and Virtual Landscape In a new world, where face-to-face fundraising events and revenue-building programs have been cancelled, ready or not, small non-profit and charitable organisations must embrace the challenge to engage through virtual connections. Yet, for organisations looking to host live stream or virtual fundraising events, effectively and affordably;...

A Visionary, Leader, and Future Social Worker: Gideon
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A Visionary, Leader, and Future Social Worker: Gideon

Stories That Connect: Gideon My brothers and sisters, I love you deeply. I know you will teach a lot about love by taking care of one another. I pray that you realize your dreams. Your future endeavors should be bright and you should strive to change your communities and the world and orphaned children. So...

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