• In Tanzania, babies are abandoned in hospitals, churches, along the road, in forests, bus stations, and many other places.
  • To adopt a child in Tanzania you must live in the country 3 years, be married, and be at least 25 years old, which basically stops out of country adoptions.



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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 

Neema House, Arusha, Tanzania

Help for Tanzanian

Orphans

To see a great NEW video about Neema Village, click this link:  https://vimeo.com/165286845


Welcome to Our Website! 

Neema Village/Neema House Arusha
A Rescue Center for Orphaned, Abandoned,  and At-Risk babies in Arusha, Tanzania
These are some of the factual reasons why Neema House Arusha has been established.  The real reason is that God wants us to help the poor, like these little ones below.

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.


Neema House Mission Statement 


  • RESCUING abandoned, orphaned, and at-risk babies            
  • REUNITING children with extended families and  promoting adoptions
  • RESTORING hope to women through education, business opportunities, parenting skills and spiritual guidance
  • RENEWING dignity to AIDs widows 
Did you know? 


  • There are 53 million children living without parents in Sub-Sahara Africa (UNICEF*).
  • In Tanzania, with a population of 45 million, there are several million orphans, many of whose parents have died from AIDS.
  • Most orphanages will not accept babies because they are too expensive to care for and require too many workers.
  • Due to a shortage of clean blood supply in Africa, mothers die during child birth at a much higher rate, resulting in many orphaned babies. 
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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.  

*Statistics from United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund or the World Health Organization.


For Information about 2017 Kilimanjaro Charity Climb, go to: http://www.blogneemahousearusha.org/kilimanjaro-charity-climb/


For a tour of Neema House by Dorris Fortson, click the You Tube link here:  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EbUHoXASO0


CLICK HERE TO SEE A GREAT YOUTUBE INFOMERCIAL ABOUT NEEMA HOUSE


Click here to see a video
of Neema House, made
by volunteers