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Life in Nkoaranga – A Video Blog

One of our incredible volunteers, Cassie McCloud recently left Nkoaranga after volunteering for 8 weeks with The Small Things. In this video blog, Cassie describes her experience of volunteering for The Small Things, as well as her experience of living in Nkoaranga.   Cassie brought so much joy and happiness into the lives of our children,...

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Lessons Learned from Working in Tanzania

In this week’s blog post, our Marketing & Fundraising Coordinator, Ashley Hoy, reflects on her past 6 months with The Small Things, shedding light on the significance of her experience and her lessons learned. Thank you Ashley for giving the Nkoaranga community your time, love, and efforts. We wish you the best in your future...

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Halloween in NK – A Photo Blog

Happy Halloween everyone! While most children in Tanzania do not celebrate Halloween, we thought we’d introduce to our children at the Nkoaranga Orphanage the fun and expressive activity of playing dress-up! Here are our top 15 photos of our 2014 Halloween in NK. Enjoy! 1. Bekka (TST’s Executive Director) turning Filipo into a chameleon! 2....

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Supporting you on every step of your volunteering journey

At The Small Things, we wholeheartedly believe that volunteering at the Nkoaranga Orphanage and Pilot House is an incredible and life-changing experience. At the same time, we are aware that the prospect of travelling to a foreign country can seem a little daunting and scary at first. We get this. It’s only natural to be nervous! We understand the anxieties volunteers may experience beforehand,...

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Why this 26 year old Executive Director wants to put her company out of business

The Small Things’ (TST) Executive Director, Bekka Ross Russell, co-founded TST four years ago back in 2010. After building the organization to facilitate 3 major programs, including the Nkoaranga Orphanage, the Happy Family Children’s Village, and the Outreach Program, Bekka’s next goal is to shut it all down. Read the following guest blog, written by...

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First Impressions of Tanzania – Guest Blog by Theresa, Thomasson (Intern)

Last month, The Small Things (TST) welcomed our newest intern, Theresa Thomasson, who will be TST’s Sponsorship Coordinator for the next 5 months. In this guest blog, Theresa highlights her first impressions of Tanzania and her experience with TST so far. We are extremely appreciative of Theresa’s hard work and dedication, and look forward to...