Join the #SmallThingsSummer Campaign!

*If you're from the UK, please visit our #SmallThingsSummer UK site by clicking here.

"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together" -Vincent Van Gogh

With this concept in mind, we invite you to join the #SmallThingsSummer campaign to help raise funds and awareness for The Small Things Organization's (TST) Orphanage Reform. TST works to ensure the happy and healthy development of the orphaned and vulnerable children of the Nkoaranga Orphanage and community and is looking to upgrade its facilities to increase the level of health and sanitation for its young children. Throughout the months of July and August, we encourage you to do one small thing that will support the campaign, be it through financial support, in-kind donations, or simply by spreading awareness. For example, make a lemonade stand with your children, donate unused clothing, or  make a personal change to spread awareness (i.e. opt out of soda for the summer and donate your savings to TST). We've found that many people want to help our cause, but worry that anything they could contribute would be too small to make a difference. #SmallThingsSummer is all about showing how big of a difference even the smallest fundraisers can make when we work together. Regardless of how you'd like to contribute, all the small things can add up to big effects, and together we can create sustainable, long lasting impact.

About The Small Things:

  • Mission: To provide comprehensive assistance for orphaned and vulnerable children and their families in the Nkoaranga Orphanage and community. Not only in moments of crisis, but with thoughtful and long term plans.
  • TST achieves its mission through the operation of 4 cooperative programs:
1) Partnering with the locally run Nkoaranga Orphanage for children aged 0-5 years 
2) Creating the Children’s Village to house/care/educate for children aged 5+ years
3) Running the Outreach Program, supporting families in the community, aiding in keeping families together.
4) Creating the No More Orphans Project, partnering with the Nkoaranga Palliative Care Team to distribute oral medicines to help prevent maternal mortality from postpartum hemorrhage. 

Where will the funds go?

The funds raised from this campaign will go towards the first phase of TST's Orphanage Reform, upgrading the Nkoaranga Orphanage facilities to provide increased quality in health and wellness for our children, ultimately increasing quality of life and preventing disease and illness. This includes but is not limited to: increasing the caretaking ratio, installing more sanitation and hygiene stations, providing efficient cleaning solutions, installing more solar heaters, redesign of kitchen, hiring a staff nurse, and providing more training for our caretakers.

How can I help?

  • Donate directly to the campaign 
  • Donate in-kind donations - Send your unused clothing/books/toys or homemade garments to Bekka Ross Russell, c/o ELCT Nkoaranga Orphanage and Hospital, PO Box 91, Usa River, Arumeru, Tanzania
  • Start your own mini-campaign - Create an individual or team page in support of #SmallThingsSummer and get fundraising!
  • Spread Awareness  - Make a small change in your life (i.e. opt out of soda for the summer and donate your savings) to spread awareness for our cause! You can also share our story via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn or any other platform! We appreciate the support in spreading awareness about our initiative and the beautiful children we support

How do I create my own Mini-Campaign?

  • Click the "Create a Fundraising Page" button located in the right sidebar, under the "Make a Donation" button
  • Input your contact information, and personalize your campaign however you'd like!
  • Start fundraising! Share your page with your friends and family and see how doing one small thing can result in big effects! 

Asante Sana! (Thank you very much! in Swahili)

Asante Sana! On behalf of The Small Things team and Nkoaranga family, we truly appreciate your gracious efforts in helping ensure success and happiness for our young children. Words cannot describe our appreciation and we are grateful for any help, big or small!  
"We ourselves know that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. We can do no great things, only small things with great love." -Mother Theresa

If you have any further questions, please feel free to e-mail

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