Neema House, Arusha, Tanzania Help for Tanzanian Orphans
Neema House, Arusha, Tanzania: 
More Than An Orphanage

Look what love and care at Neema Baby House in Africa does! 
Deborah at two pounds when she came to Neema

Deborah as she is now, the first on the left.  Cute huh!  That is Elliott next to her, he was the one abandoned at the hospital.  Zawadi (the gift) on the right came to Neema recently.

Thank you God! And thank you all our wonderful supporters.

Neema House is a rescue center for abandoned and orphaned babies, offering women education, micro-business opportunities and life skills, reuniting children with extended families and renewing hope to AIDs widows. 

The most vulnerable in Africa are newborns and infants.  Because of poverty and desperation, abandoned babies are often left on roadsides, in latrines, and by the gates of churches, hospitals, and police stations.  One of our babies, Zawadi, was left abandoned at the bus station.  Tiny 1.65 lb. Elliott, was abandoned at the hospital.  Helena, Meshack, Praygod, and others, were orphaned when their mothers died.   Deborah, Anna and Esther, tiny triplets, were so small they would not have survived without help.  All these and others are now thriving at Neema House.

Neema House began taking in babies June 1, 2012.  The current focus is orphaned, abandoned, and at risk babies up to age three.  Michael was left on someone's veranda in the middle of the night.  When the family found him, they called the police, who filed a report, but offered no help.  No one knew who the mother might be or where his family was.      He was   abandoned, just left alone, without any information.    Neema House was called and we immediately responded.   Michael, a name given to him by the Neema House staff, seems to be about five months old and is in good health.  Most abandoned babies are in poor condition; thank God  that he is the exception.   Here is a photo of Michael and  Jason Packard who often comes to play with the babies. 

Neema House is located in the northern Tanzania city of Arusha in a large, beautiful rented house.   Here is a photo of Neema House. 

Local Social Welfare officials have said that up to sixty babies may be cared for in this home.  Of course, this is a temporary location, because the search is on for property to purchase for a permanent home.

Neema House also provides for several children off-site.  Recently we found triplets, born to a Masai mother who could not produce enough breast milk to sustain them.  We provide formula and other necessities for them.

This photo is of the Masaai mother and her three babies.

The survival rate for triplets in Tanzania is very low. Neema House supplies formula for these babies, and for a half-brother whose mother died in childbirth.  In a recent visit to the Masai village to deliver formula for the babies in May, it was discovered that one of the triplets, Frankie, and the half-brother, Meshack, were very ill.

Frankie especially was very small and fragile.   Frankie and Meshack were brought to the Arusha Lutheran Medical Center, where they were treated for nine days.  They now stay at Neema House  as they continue their recovery.  When Fankie came to us, at age six months,  he only weighted about five lbs!  He is now slowly gaining weight.  Here is a photo of Frankie and Big Michael.

Neema House has partnered with Calvin Groen, of Geita, Tanzania, to umbrella under his NGO (Non-Governmental Organization), called Neema (Grace) House  (  While Calvin is building Neema House orphanage in Geita, Neema House in Arusha has been opened.  Neema House has also partnered with Doulos International, a 501(c)3 in Waco, Texas  (  Michael and Dorris are board members of Doulos.

Neema house is currently seeking about ten acres of property on which to build a permanent facility.   Following the acquisition of land, construction will begin on the first cottage which will house newborns and infants who have been orphaned or abandoned.  Staff housing, a welcome center and office, and quarters for volunteers will also be built.  Buildings will be funded by donations from churches, foundations, and individuals.  

    There is a big need... we have a big dream...  But we have a BIGGER GOD!

For more information, contact:
Michael and Dorris Fortson

Tanzania Mailing Address:
Neema House
Box 13520
Arusha, Tanzania

Automatic monthly contributions or one time gifts may be made through the How to help/Donate button on this website or contributions may be sent to:

Doulos International/Neema House
P. O. Box 21553
Waco, TX 76702
Payable to: Doulos International/Neema House
Mark Checks: Neema House Fund

"Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they're not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes."

                                                                                                                                    ~David Platt