Little, Tiny, Small. Do These Words Make You Think of Strength? 

As the Tanzanian proverb wisely says, "Little by little, a little becomes a lot." And as a small charity, we wear our littleness with pride. Yes, we are small, but don't underestimate us. Over the past twenty-one years, our little by little has indeed become a lot.

Did you know that 96% of UK charities are small? We are one of around 160,000 small charities registered in the UK. 

Unfortunately, our small size makes us more vulnerable to challenges, so we need all the support we can possibly get.

Small Charity Week (24-28 June) recognises the invaluable work of these organisations because when small charities are supported, the communities they support grow stronger.

Girls with their reusable period pads.

Why are small charities important? Why support a small charity over a big one?

Backing a small (but mighty) charity over a larger one offers innumerable advantages, including but not limited to, greater impact per donation, instantaneous responsiveness, no-nonsense transparency, and a hands-on, grassroots approach. 

Small charities are deeply embedded in their communities and serve as trusted sources of support. We partner with big charities that benefit from our strong community connections and local presence forming highly effective partnerships that leverage the strengths of both. By combining the resources and reach of big charities with the local expertise and flexibility of smaller ones, these collaborations can deliver efficient and impactful aid. 
 
By supporting our work, you can trust that your generous donation goes exactly where it’s needed. In fact, every penny is carefully assigned and meticulously tracked, allowing each donation to be traced to a specific project or expenditure.

Our dedicated Tanzanian staff work within rural communities, tackling local challenges and making a real difference from the ground up. Since urgent needs can change quickly, our smaller size allows us to adapt swiftly and direct your donation where it’s needed most. We’re uniquely positioned with strong relationships with community leaders, education officials, and schools in Mtwara enabling us to promptly and proficiently address evolving needs. For instance, recognising the significant number of children in rural areas missing out on pre-primary education, we launched pre-primary satellite classes. These initiatives often begin as small-scale pilot projects, allowing us to gather valuable feedback from beneficiaries and stakeholders. These inputs guide us in scaling these solutions effectively, as we plan to do with the pre-primary satellite project.

One of our pre-primary classes.

Our littleness makes us agile and real-time responsive. The global pandemic caught everyone off guard, as its impact was unforeseen. In Tanzania, when schools closed due to the virus crisis, we swiftly adapted by shifting from classroom-based to village-based activities. This transition was crucial in safeguarding vulnerable groups such as young girls and disabled children, who faced heightened risks of abuse, neglect, and school dropout during this challenging period. Additionally, we prioritised hygiene education and distributed soap and masks within our local communities, addressing immediate health needs. 

Community members wearing the masks we distributed during COVID-19.

How can I support EdUKaid? Thanks for taking the time to read our blog. By doing so, you’re already helping us spread awareness about our cause. Knowledge is power. If you can share with just one other person about the importance of our work, you have made a difference. 

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Little, Tiny, Small. Do These Words Make You Think of Strength Now?