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Beautiful Girls

Because Farajah IS beautiful There’s been some interesting rumbling on the internets about an article on Huffington Post that brought up the idea of staying away from calling little girls pretty or beautiful, in favor of focusing on their internal qualities – their brains, their hearts. A lot of the dialogue has centered on the...

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Growing up Nkoaranga

It’s been a long few months. I have some ongoing medical issues that are being frustratingly evasive, and it’s not clear whether I’m going to be able to start LSE this year or not. Which would mean that I’d be another year out, and the kids another year older, by the time I could conceivably...

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Dainess

That’s Dainess on the right, in a rare quiet(er) moment. Usually she is jumping, dancing, picking up a younger child, or chattering with her friends. When my husband and I visited Nkoaranga orphanage in April 2011, Dainess attached herself to me the minute I came into the orphanage, launching herself like a missile into my...

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Board Bios – Emily Butler

My name is Emily Butler. I live in Leeds, England and have my whole life. I’m 19 years old and finished my A levels last year. In September I will be going to Manchester University to study Adult Nursing. I always knew I wanted to take a gap year because I wanted to have the...

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Thank you letter from the fabulous Bethan Crisp

A MASSIVE thank you to The Small Things and most importantly, to all of the amazing supporters and donations we have had towards Project Maji. This has been a super quick and successful project but is going to be one that lasts a life time!! I can’t wait to return to Nkoaranga and be alongside...

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Goodbye Baby Daniel

Today we say goodbye to another Nkoaranga baby, but for a happier reason – baby Daniel is being adopted! A missionary family who already has two adopted African daughters has taken Daniel home with them. While it can take some time for the adoption process to go through, Daniel will live with his new parents...

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Board Bios – Emma Shaw

This is the first of a series of introductions to our fabulous board members – meet the lovely and talented Emma Shaw!  My name is Emma Shaw and I came to Tanzania through the organisation “Oyster Worldwide” as part of my gap year between school and university. After considering many other countries including Patagonia, Nepal...

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Our 99th post, and Project MAJI SUCESS!

I’m thrilled to announce that Project MAJI is now officially fully funded! In December, my wonderful co-sponsor Bethan Crisp and I will be installing one filtration system directly into Nkoaranga orphanage’s plumbing, so that ALL the water used for cooking, drinking and washing dishes will be bacteria and protozoa free and safe to drink without...