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Small Steps’ Sustainable Outreach Project with Let Us Create

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At Small Steps Project we have embarked upon our first sustainable project with the dump community in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. We’ve been delivering shoes there for three years, and now, with our new outreach project, in collaboration with NGO Let us Create, we are getting the children off the dump every day. SSP & LUC Crew by their new outreach van Together, this year, we are collecting the children and some of the mums from the dump each day in our…

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Small Steps Nursery Project at Luc funded by Scott Dunn

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After 3 years of working on the Sihanoukville dump and getting to know the community it became obvious to SSP that one of the most difficult groups to help were the younger children, babies and those not at school. The dump poses the most danger to these vulnerable children, as for babies and their developing lungs the toxic smoke is incredibly dangerous. Approximately half the families and scavengers on the dump do not live there permanently, we identified that the…

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Nutrition Project

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One of the great things about collaborative projects is that more children can benefit from the services we provide.  Our in-country partner project is the fantastic Let Us Create (formerly The Cambodian Children’s Painting Project). Which provides care to some of the most vulnerable scavenger children from the streets and beaches of Sihanoukville Cambodia. Together we deliver the Small Steps Outreach Project, where, thanks to the partnership with Let Us Create (CCPP) the dump children have a safe place to…

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Shoes and Clothing delivery to Romania

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Whilst researching the many dumps around the world we came across several in Romania. We were really shocked to hear that children were living as scavengers so close to home. We found out about the dumps, feral and scavenger children through the work of humanitarian film maker and photographer Richard James Feaver. Feaver put us in contact with the charity with who he works closely with, Love Life Romania which supports children in extreme poverty, including scavengers and those on…

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Paula’s Story

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I’ve done this before a few times… I know it’s called Amy’s blog but Amy (me) is in freezing London right now finishing off some vital fundraisng and, though Coldplay donating us three framed platinum discs (two sold for over £700!) and Oliver Thornton auctioning the Priscilla Queen of The Desert script (which sold for £1500!) is raising us lots of money… I can only be in one place at one time, so thank goodness for my amazing volunteers who…

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November in Cambodia with Small Steps Team

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Tonight I fly from Melbourne to Cambodia, where I will be meeting with some other memebers of the Small Steps Team: Jen Goodall, a volunteer from Sydney, who has done considerable fundraising for the project, including running two marathons! Jen will be assisting me on the folllow up and the project on the new dump in Sihanoukville as well as giving out wellies, we will be giving out hats, socks and toys. Joining Jen and I and our secret cameras…

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CELEBRITY SHOES- WHAT’S THE POINT?

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At this time of year most of the Small Steps posts are all about The Celebrity Shoe Auction and in this blog I’m going to explain why. We are such a small charity that we divide the year into two: The summer we spend fundraising (when it is monsoon season in many of the countries where we work) and in the winter we deliver projects to children scavenging on the rubbish dumps. The Celebrity Shoe Auction helps us to fund the projects…

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SMALL STEPS FIREMEN

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Small Steps has recently partnered with the Kamloops Fire Department and…. wow, we have seen these fireman take the shoe drive to a whole new level, resulting in 7000 shoes being delivered to the dumps we have been working on in Nicaragua! In Spring 2011 after three months in Nicaragua delivering to the dump communities of La Joya in Granada and La Chureca in Managua, we came across the Chinandega city dump. This led to us partnering with two inspirational…

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LONDON CELEBRITY SHOE AUCTION 2012!

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What an amazing evening! On Thursday 11th we held our annual fundraiser at Jalouse Club in Hanover Square. Over 300 people came to support the charity, see our latest film, Next Steps and, of course, bid on shoes. We had Taylor Taylor London doing fab hair at a Parisian style pop up salon, cocktails from Jalouse, amazing canapes based on the celebrities favourite foods by Humdingers, a photography exhibition and DJ Yoda played a special guest set. The shoes looked amazing and Ben…

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What Happened Next in Timor Leste?

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Before the SSP Team left Timor Leste, we recruited two amazing in-country volunteers; Kim Paxton and Ruth Kimball, both of whom have been in Timor Leste for the last 4 years and are familiar with the projects there and the society and culture.  Kim works as an English teacher as well as specialising in social projects for women and children and is a volunteer at Pradet which is an organization that provides shelter, safe housing, counselling and other services to…

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