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Empowering children, families and communities in Tanzania
Protecting the most vulnerable
Meet Ebeni: Ebenezer weighed only 2 pounds when he arrived shortly after his mother died in childbirth. In and out of hospitals and prone to respiratory diseases due to lung infections, Ebeni probably wouldn’t have survived those tough early months had it not been for TST. Instead, with one-on-one trained care and access to the best specialists in the country, he was given all the support he needed to grow into a happy, healthy little boy. Today he is 5 and thriving at Happy Family Children’s Village… still charming everyone he meets!
Keeping families together
Meet Mama James, Ombeni and Angel: More than 8,000 women die in childbirth every year in Tanzania – and with so with many infants affected, families need a hand to stay together. Mama James, who struggled while caring for her niece and nephew, found support through TST’s family preservation program. Today Mama James, who enrolled in our agriculture project (and saw her initial investment increase tenfold!) cares for her beloved family and independently runs her own business. The kids are thriving and Ombeni, who has hearing difficulties, is able to get the help he needs!
TST’s Impact since 2013
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Our goal is to keep children in homes where they belong, caring for them when their families can’t, and helping reunite them with relatives after leaving our care. This holistic model empowers families and offers these incredible kids a brighter future.
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“I have worked in and around children’s homes my entire life, in the US and abroad. The kids and environment at Happy Family Children’s Village are some of the most happy, healthy, and loved that I have seen.”
“In the past, I never knew what would happen to the children after they left the orphanage. Now I am so happy because thanks to The Small Things, I finally feel relief…. it is finally like the children are at home.”
“It’s amazing knowing that money that would otherwise have gone towards a cup of coffee has such a direct impact, and makes such a difference for the family I sponsor.”
“We ourselves know that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean, but the ocean would be less without that missing drop. We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” -Mother Teresa
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