TST believes in building and supporting happy families, in all their various shapes and forms. We create sustainable, participatory and evolving care plans for orphaned and vulnerable children and families in the Meru district of Tanzania. Working with the community, we aim to empower our clients and bringing together small acts from around the world to create big change.
In the last 12 months alone, TST has provided family-style residential care for 43 orphaned children, kept more than 50 children in 22 loving families through outreach support, reunited 4 children with relatives, and created 50 jobs in the community, in addition to employing many young men through HFCV construction. Of our residential kids, more than 1/3 have an active reunification plan!
Sponsor a child monthly, and develop a relationship that can last a lifetime. Give them a future for less than the cost of a daily cup of coffee! Or sponsor a family with a one-time donation, and help them become self-sufficient and stay together.
Volunteer with us in Tanzania, and have a life changing experience - with confidence that every penny is being put towards your stay or the welfare of the children.
Every dollar goes farther than you can imagine, here on the ground. 100% of donations through the website go directly to our programs, not to administration!
Suleman is a brave little boy who has just begun to walk! His mother passed away shortly after his birth, and it was discovered early on that a heart condition would require one-to-one care through TST's "Project Riziki". He is quickly growing into a happy boy who enjoys playing with the other toddlers. Sule's uncle visits the Nkoaranga Orphanage frequently, and regularly contacts the mamas to receive updates about his progress. Sponsor Suleman to help ensure a happy and healthy future for this special boy!Sponsor
I am honored to have this privilege to be working with The Small Things as a volunteer to experience Tanzania not just as a traveler passing through but as someone who wants to embrace the culture and be apart of an experience that not just affects myself but the people around me as well.Support
A school in Denmark has raised money through small fundraising projects towards The Small Things.Support
The awesome Bahnik brothers of Oyster Bay Cove, New York set up this awesome snack stand at their cousins' baseball tournament to raise funds for TST, while refueling their hungry and thirsty friends!Support
On the 30th August I will be running the Sunshine Coast marathon. It will be my first marathon. I am not looking to beat a particular time but am looking to finish the race and hopefully raise some money for an organisation that is very important to me, The Small Things.Support
Tom McCloud (Tulsa) and friends are working to raise funds to purchase MUCH needed washers and dryers for the orphanage and children's home here in Nkoaranga. Their goal is $3,000 total which would cover 3 sets of washers and dryers that are needed.Support
My name isAnne-Mari (Ansku). I first met the kids of Nkoaranga orphanage as a volunteerin 2011 and fell in love with the place. I have been going back every since. This coming Sunday (16.8) I will be putting up a small coffee shop in my hometown in Espoo, Finland to do a little fundraising for the Small Things Summer. If you are in the neighborhood come say hello or if not consider donating something for a good cause anyways :) Thank you for everything you can give!Support
Every time the staff at Purdy's buy a coffee they will be donating $1 to the Small ThingsSupport
St. Albert, Alberta, Canada residents, Karen and Mike Brooks will be holding a bottle drive from Thursday, August 13th, to Friday, August 15th. Karen is also running a lemonaid/cookie stand with the help of her dayhome children throughout the month of August!Support
Mother and daughter duo - Shirley Vearncombe and TST board member, Bethan Crisp, will be tackling harsh terrain whilst battling with wet and windy weather conditions to reach the summit of Mount Snowdon in North Wales.Support
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"Some of the days you feel exhausted because all of the work in the orphanage, the noise and the running around. But every day was so rewarding!! The kids will find a way to your heart and stay there! I can't think of anything I would really want to see improved/changed about the program."
"Volunteering at Nkoaranga Orphanage was an incredible experience, full of hard work and surrounded by love. I have missed those children every day since my return home - they become part of your heart, and you become part of theirs as well. It is a privilege to know the amazing people who work there."
"Volunteering at Nkoaranga Orphanage changed my life; it made me the person I am today. Meeting those beautiful children and inspiring Mamas was one of the best experiences of my life. Volunteering at NK was the best decision I have ever made."
"Volunteering with The Small Things has got to be one of the most surreal and amazing experiences of my life… Everyone- from the other volunteers to the Mamas, staff, and Nkoaranga locals- make sure that you feel right at home! Within weeks, you will feel settled and already have fallen completely in love with the babies and kids (seriously, they're adorable)."