In 2013 we started working with The Small Things charity in Tanzania. Now ten years later we have received a heart-warming update.
As a purpose-led business we have always followed the UN's Sustainable Development Goals to guide our impact, with the belief that every business can support making the world a better place. So when we heard about The Small Things charity we were delighted to find out that we could help, and along with you, our community, we sent preloved reusable nappies to their orphanage. Then we found out about baby Faraja and jumped at the chance to sponsor her.
Based in rural Nkoaranga, The Small Things supports struggling families to keep children at home, and runs residential care for those who can't return home. They also help children receive education in a school setting, an area I'm extremely passionate about, as investing in education transforms communities, can help end poverty and can strengthen the global economy. It's also one of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.*
Ten years after we first started working with the charity, Faraja is no longer a baby and is at school doing really well. This week the charity sent us the photo above, which was aptly timed with International Women's Day on March 8th, and it filled our hearts with joy. Unicef has reported that worldwide there are 129 million girls out of school, and two thirds of all adults worldwide who are unable to read are women. So we are thrilled that our continued sponsorship can contribute to her education and ensure she's not one of the 129 million.
As we always say, when you change nappies, you can change lives. Through reusable nappies we have been given the opportunity to help Faraja receive an education. We think she will go on to change the world too.
You can find out more about The Small Things and their incredible work here.
* The UN's Sustainable Development Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. You can read all the goals here.