The Founders and Executive Directors are Michael and Dorris Fortson, who are retired volunteers and do not take a salary for their work with Neema. Matt and Kelly Erdman serve as on-site directors, who have raised their own support, separate from Neema House donations. One hundred twenty-four unpaid volunteers from all over the world have came to Neema to hold the babies in 2014, and their lives have been changed by the experience. As author David Platt says, “When you hold an abandoned baby in your arms, everything changes.” Since the beginning in June 2012, one hundred fourteen babies have been helped by Neema House, twenty babies have been adopted and nineteen have been returned to an extended family member. Neema means Grace and any good done has been solely by the Grace of God.
*Statistics from United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund or the World Health Organization.
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with babies who have been abandoned or orphaned. Babies have been left on the roadside, on porches, in yards, left alone in houses and even in latrines. At Neema House they have all found love and care.
Maxine, above, was an abandoned baby. Photo on left when she first came to Neema House, and photo on right at her adoption, age ten months. With a staff of forty full time Tanzanians there is twenty-four hour care, seven days a week at Neema.
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Current Needs of Neema Village:
1. Help build paved walkways @ $30 per linear yard.
2. Six new Treadle sewing machines @ $200 each.
3. Baby beds @ $125
4. Central Laundry for Neema Village $22,000
5. Mothering Center $75,000
6. School and Church building $50,000
7. On-site Directors cottage $50,000
8. Barn and livestock $10,000
9. Tractor and implements $38,000
10. Roads and landscaping $10,000
11. Finish paying for shipping container from Global Samaritan Resources, $13,140.31
Neema House, a 501(c)3 organization in the USA and an NGO in Tanzania, operates in the city of Arusha, Tanzania, and is a rescue center for orphaned, abandoned and at-risk babies. It is currently operating at over capacity with forty-six babies receiving in-house care, as of January 16, 2016. The number of babies needing help far exceeds the current facilities and resources of Neema House. Babies come to Neema when hospitals and police stations call asking for help
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