Category: News & Articles

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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...

TST Intern to Climb the World’s Tallest Freestanding Mountain
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TST Intern to Climb the World’s Tallest Freestanding Mountain

Since the beginning of May 2014, Ashley Hoy from Toronto, Canada has been completing an internship here with The Small Things as our Marketing & Fundraising Coordinator. Her first major fundraising project, #SmallThingsSummer was a huge success, raising over $23K for our Orphanage Reform Project. Now she’s taking on a new personal fundraising project, with...

Outreach Program Success Stories!
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Outreach Program Success Stories!

Our Outreach Program works with people in the surrounding community through micro-loans and micro-grants, giving them the opportunity to improve their current situation in a sustainable fashion. Although the Outreach Program is growing, its core beliefs are unchanged.  Every new project is carefully considered so that it is tailored to the needs and skills of...

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Now Introducing: Low-Season Volunteer Rates!

Are you interested in volunteering with The Small Things? Could you spare a minimum of four weeks to come out to the beautiful village of Nkoaranga and gain a life changing experience? With the summer now over, we are looking to recruit new volunteers. During our low-season, from October through to December 2014, we also...