Claire Weider wrote -
Last year, I (Claire) traveled to Tanzania with three Thetford Elementary School teachers, and spent an amazing three 1/2 weeks volunteering through The Small Things at the Nkoaranga Orphanage. This June I will be returning for one month with Naomi Wallner, currently a high school senior with me at Thetford Academy, a fantastic and dedicated volunteer. Please read on to learn more about some of the programs The Small Things’ fundraising supports, including the Nkoaranga Orphanage and other amazing projects.
The Orphanage: Nkoaranga Orphanage houses up to 30 children and works to provide the love, care, and education that each child needs to grow and develop into strong and capable individuals. Nkoaranga is run by a head mama, Mama Pendo, and is staffed by local women to provide 24 hour care. The orphanage educates children at their own preschool until they reach the age of 5. When they turn six they begin school at a local boarding school. The children must be boarded and stay at school until school vacations when they get to go home to extended family, or come back to the orphanage until break ends.
Children's Village: It's been recognized by staff and volunteers that starting boarding school at age 5 can be stressful and traumatic, and it's difficult for the staff to check-up on the children's wellbeing once they're at school. Land has been purchased and plans for the construction of a children's village are in the beginning stages of development. The children's village will essentially be a village for children without families, and will provide each child a home with three or four other children, and a hired mama. Children will go to school during the day but come home at night. They will receive valuable life skills by living in a family structured home, and will receive the love and support any child needs.
One-to-One Care Program: This project aims to ensure the orphanage has the financial back-up to continue providing one-on-one care to premature and sick babies. A disproportionate number of orphaned children are premature, and without a NICU available, the children often end up in an orphanage before they would be released from the hospital in many other countries. The one-to-one care program, began with Peace in 2011 and continued with Ebenezer Mdogo and baby Hope. This amazing program pays overtime wages for an extra staff person to come in each day to care exclusively for vulnerable newborns. The babies are weighed weekly and kept on one-to-one care until they are healthy and weigh an appropriate amount.
Thank you for your donations!