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The Small Things

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • International


14D Stonegate Circle(volunteering site in Tanzania)Branford, CT 06405 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

We focus on keeping children in families wherever possible, and providing loving care for them in small family-style homes, only when absolutely necessary.


The Small Things is the culmination of decades of dedication from a number of hardworking women. It all began with Martha Ayo (known as Mama Pendo, or Mama Love), who has been caring for orphaned children in the Nkoaranga community for over 30 years. In 2010, Bekka Ross Russell founded The Small Things, to realize their shared vision of comprehensive, holistic support to keep families together and return children from care when possible, and family-style homes for children who cannot be reunified. Since 2015, Rehema Mussa has served as managing director, fulfilling our goal of having all programs managed and led by Tanzanian staff.

Read more on our story here - https://www.thesmallthings.org/who-we-are/story/


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