Mali dom ( Croatian for ‘small home’ ) is a special organisation run by a charismatic Franciscan priest Miro Babić ( originally from Croatia but fluent in Swahili ). It is a charity running in Lower Subukia area, a few hours north from Nairobi, Kenya. Small Home and Miro are well known to Croatian public. Together they have improved the lives of the whole community in Lower Subukia. I had an opportunity to volunteer there for a few weeks back in early 2015. It’s a place where one could stay for months – you forget about everyday stress from your busy life back home, work, phone or luxuries. Life here is more basic and more clean – we eat local food, we rarely have wifi, no TV, just kids to play with, books to read and help around the orphanage and the house. The kids are absolutely wonderful and it’s amazing to see how they take care of each other, making sure everyone gets their plate of food, brushes their teeth or gets the candy when the volunteers arrive.
Small Home organisation supports the children in need in their orphanage, runs a health care for the community, a secondary school for impoverished children, takes care of the elderly without family and pretty much everyone in sight who needs help.
Check the Youtube video for a glimpse of the life in Kenya:
Back in 2014 Thane and his buddy had a ‘crazy’ idea to do a swim in aid of a charity called Miles for Smiles. And they surely swam – from Mozambique to Madagascar covering 469 kilometres in 24 days of hard endurance. They called it the Mad Swim.
Miles and smiles in partnership with Operation Smiles treats children born with cleft lips and palates and other facial deformities provides corrective surgery. For a relatively small amount of money in only 45 minutes a child’s life can be transformed. It not only helps with the childs’ confidence but it helps with problems related to breathing and eating. ]
‘This is one of the most well run and rewarding organisations I’ve encountered’ says Thane.
I first heard about TPWF when I met my friend Camilla back in 2013. She is as a hair and make up artist but her real passion are animals. So when she asked me if I’d participate in a fashion shoot where I would be transformed into a rhino I didn’t hesitate for a moment. The photograph ended up making over 6000 € at a Rhino Gala by the TPWF in Sweden in 2014. This year for example, at the latest Gala over 300 000€ was raised. Many photographers and fashion designers contribute their work each year to raise awareness and funds for the animal conservation.
The Perfect World Foundation is a Scandinavian based independent non-profit organisation established in 2010 to raise awareness, funding, and to take action together with animal and nature conservation projects around the world. To be engaged with the organisation you don’t need to be perfect but have the ambition to create small changes for a better world.
Photography – Kassandra Bruni ( www.kass-photography.com )
Make up and hair – Camilla Jonsson ( www.camillajonsson.com )
Art work – Ana Kuni ( www.anakuni.com )
Under our Awareness category we want to list some causes we personally support. Because there is no magic spell to fix all the bad things, we believe that this world can be even more beautiful if we all do at least a little effort and help the ones in need – people, animals or this planet itself. Charity is a philosophy, you don’t necessarily have to give money but give something you can, either old clothes or a helping hand. And please be aware with your natural resources.If you have the ability to read this on your phone or your computer, you already live better off than most of the worlds’ population.
We try to do our part by giving away things we don’t need or by donating money and getting personally involved. We are open to possibility of raising awareness on our travels so feel free to contact us if you’re running an NGO project and would like us to get involved.