Real Girl Kicks Ass for Kids!
Bekka Ross Russell is a remarkable young woman who combines her passion for art with her compassion for people in creative ways that both enrich and save lives. Bekka, 23, graduated with a dual degree from Tufts University (Women’s Studies focused on sociology/psychology & Religion) and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (Jewelry & Metal Working). Bekka recently returned from a six-month trip to Tanzania that not only changed her life, but the lives of others.
While living in Tanzania, she used her jewelry making skills to teach local women how to create their own jewelry – providing much needed income for their families. She also volunteered at the Nkoaranga Children’s Orphanage. She fell in love with the wonderful children there and has now dedicated herself to improving the children's lives and the local staff that care for them. To accomplish this goal, Bekka created her own non-profit organization called “The Small Things,” inspired by the Mother Teresa quotation “ We can do no great things, only small things with great love.”
Bekka is not just a dreamer – she is a kickass doer! Bekka and the other Small Things volunteers have established priority goals and have already completed several crucial projects in an amazing short period of time. They have raised enough funds to dig a new well – providing a life-saving constant supply of water. They have also created a garden and purchased a flock of chickens, that provides a much needed consistent source of protein from the eggs. Recognizing that the “Mamas” who run the orphanage were overworked and underpaid, The Small Things funded a much needed pay increase for the Mamas. One of the prime ongoing goals of The Small Things is ensuring each kid (especially the girls) gets a strong education to break the cycle of poverty.
Bekka is not only hard working – she is intelligent and mature beyond her years. From the beginning, Bekka understood that a long-term commitment to improve the lives of women and children would require her get additional training on a structural level. In the fall, she will be attending the prestigious London School of Economics. She will study for a Masters Degree in Public Affairs for International Development. She plans to continue to lead the grass-roots efforts of The Small Things to improve lives at the orphanage in the present and near future.
Please support this remarkable young woman by visiting her uplifting website: http://www.thesmallthings.org You’ll meet the wonderful children and dedicated workers at the orphanage. There are beautiful photographs and stories that are inspiring and full of hope. You can also read about the ongoing projects and learn how you can help. A small donation to The Small Things, can make a huge impact in the lives of these children. Bekka would also love to have you as a friend! Check her out at: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=174800058&ref=ts