Tag: Peace

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Of Christmas trees and calendars…

The New Year is starting to look very close right now. January 2014 will be an important time for The Small Things, as we will be opening the pilot house of our children’s village where Loveness, Pray, Anna, Queen, Isaak and Auntie will be living as they start school. This is a huge thing for...

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Part 2 – PLAYGROUND TRIP!

Because so much has happened over the last week I thought that two smaller blogs might be easier to digest than one mammoth one.  The volunteers and Mamas took the kids to a really cool playground –  Tiger Market which is near Njiro (Arusha).  Needless to say, the kids were super excited and had a fantastic...

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Two Miracles

Early days, he was so little! Thanksgiving has just passed us here in the US, where I am visiting my family for a week. It has been a great visit, but I have spent a lot of time thinking about two little guys who are still far away. The two things I’m most thankful for...

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Batman and Robin

Happy Peace Peace (11 months) and Shujah (13 months) are two little guys who have only been with us for a short time, but have made a big impression on everyone they’ve met. Shujah literally means “hero” in Swahili, and these two are definitely a double act, so I’ve started referring to them as Batman...

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Greetings from Nairobi!

Peter and Andrea Greetings from Nairobi! I’m currently on a brief trip up north to Kenya to drop off Riz at the airport – I’m going to miss him! The kids loved hanging out with the “big boys” this summer, and they’ll be disappointed now that Peter, Adam, and Riz are all gone. Andrea and...

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Parties and playing

The internet has been an elusive creature for the last week or so… power outages seem to magically time themselves precisely for my arrival in internet cafes. It’s downright uncanny. That said, I have a lot of exciting news (and, as always, adorable photos) to share. One of Mama Pendo’s oldest with one of the...

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Update from Kristina – This week at NK

Baby Peace is sitting up and eating solid food – where does the time go? I’m thrilled to say that I’ll be out there in just 11 days as another pair of hands – I can’t wait! Thanks Kristina for the updates, and thanks to our fabulous incoming Danish volunteers Stine and Peter for funding a significant...

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Grant us the serenity

I have always loved the serenity prayer, whether or not one connects it with religion or God – I think it’s a really beautiful and powerful way to think about life, especially the difficult and raw parts that this type of work exposes you to. “Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot...

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Nani’s Guest Post!

Guest post from Nani, another fantastic volunteer we were lucky to encounter during our trip, who we hope will stay involved with the kids through The Small Things for many years to come!  Nani with the kids and Mama Ayo! Over my summer holidays I decided to take on Africa for 3 months, a month...

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Guest Post by Beth, Nathan and Cara

Beth, Nathan and Cara are three fantastic volunteers who got in touch with us through the website in December and overlapped briefly with our stint in early January – the kids adore them and it’s a pleasure to hear that they’ve returned to the orphanage! Below, their updates on the kids’ development.  Cara cuddling with...

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