Family Preservation

The Small Things helps strengthen families and empowers the community

while dramatically increasing the reunification rate for children living in orphanages or outside the home. A testament to the program’s success, the family reunification rate (just 5-10% without support) has climbed to more than 50% by age 5 and is expected to hit 80% by secondary school – an impressive increase of well over 1,000% since 2010.

We are in the business of giving chances, not charity.

Our work has helped more than 115 children stay in their families over the last two years alone – at a cost of only about $75/month/family. Families enter our program with an average monthly income of around $7 and with business development support, they can triple their income within 2-3 months. Our hardworking clients graduate from the program once they have grown their businesses enough to consistently generate sufficient sustainable profit to care for the family without requiring additional assistance. For most families, that happens with an average monthly income of around $100 – a 1,400% increase from their starting point! At our community center, we also provide adult education programs, offer sliding-scale daycare and have a library that’s open to the community. Through these programs, we’re able to help adults get to work and allow them to keep enriching and empowering the community as a whole. TST’s work demonstrates how much children benefit and thrive when their families and communities do too!