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Remembering David Ross Russell
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Remembering David Ross Russell

It’s impossible to overstate the impact that Dr. David Ross Russell – father of our Founder, Bekka – had on The Small Things over the years, and how much of a difference his legacy continues to make to the children and families in Nkoaranga, Tanzania. Each year, Dorothy Goldberg – TST board member – would...

Yoga with an Impact!
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Yoga with an Impact!

When Mailys left Tanzania last year after several weeks volunteering for The Small Things, she left a lasting impact – her yoga and mindfulness sessions with the kids and staff were very popular and we still find the kids doing their poses from time to time. But this wasn’t enough for Mailys – as well...

A Birthday Gift
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A Birthday Gift

We couldn’t do what we do without the support of our wonderful supporters. After visiting us in Tanzania last year, and then holding a fundraising event in New York, Susan Goldberg decided that – despite being in lockdown – she could still share her birthday with her friends, and raise money for The Small Things...

Celebrating Mamas
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Celebrating Mamas

Our Connection campaign kicked off to a start yesterday with our first online event, celebrating the wonderful mamas (childcare staff) at Happy Family Children’s Village and around the world, for Mothers’ Day. Not only did we recognise the hard work and sacrifices that our mamas have made due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we also...

Welcome Maureen and Benjamin!
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Welcome Maureen and Benjamin!

Little Maureen was referred to TST recently after it was determined that her home environment was no longer safe, and there were no other options for care. From a solemn, silent little girl who would shrink from eye contact, to her now – cuddling, laughing, and chatting – Maureen has had a wonderful turnaround in...

Giving Tuesday Update
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Giving Tuesday Update

Thank you so much to everyone who supported us during our recent Giving Tuesday campaign and Sponsorship Drive. We smashed our fundraising target, and raised more than $12,000 (with an additional $10,000 being matched by generous major donors). This is enough to empower 44 families to start new businesses, become self-reliant and keep their children out of...

Reunified Kids’s Day
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Reunified Kids’s Day

In early December, reunified kids from right across the region returned to TST, where they once lived, to catch up with each other for a morning of crafts and fun. Our friends Damien and Ana Laura from Pizza Fabbrica in Melbourne sponsored our first Pizza Party, which the kids loved! This was also a great opportunity...

More talent on display at HFCV
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More talent on display at HFCV

Our Happy Family Children’s Village kids dazzled us once more in November with a showcase of talent, including gymnastics, dance, singing, comedy, and even a fashion parade featuring clothing donated by some of our generous supporters!  While we think all the kids we remarkable on the day, the overall award went to Peace, Johnson, Baraka...