Neema House was designed with the purpose that people from the Geita community will experience the grace and abundance of God through tangible acts of love and service. It seeks to be involved in the community and a partner with social welfare to address the needs of children in the Region of Geita.
Neema House is an interim care home that was built to serve orphaned, abandoned, and at-risk children ages 0-5 in the Geita Region. It was opened in Geita Town in June 2013 and was initially set up to serve up to 20 children at a time. Since then, Neema House has expanded its facilities to include separate baby and toddler homes, thus increasing capacity and improving quality of care, as well as developing a classroom space for the children as well as an outdoor classroom space for community outreach trainings. Neema House is the only home in the Geita Region serving children under the age of four.
Neema House works in connection with the local hospitals, clinics, and government social welfare offices to identify children in need and ensure their care and safety. While at Neema House, children are provided food, clothing, shelter, medical care, education, and love. Day-to-day care of the children is provided by Tanzanian "mamas" to help ensure that they are raised in their Tanzanian culture as much as possible and therefore more easily reintegrate into homes in the community.
Though many children are orphaned due to AIDS, malaria, other diseases, or abandonment, some children may have extended family in the area. Neema House is committed to maintaining and developing a relationship with any extended family these children may have in the hope that as many children as possible may return to their homes in the future. Children who do not have additional known family will remain in the care of Neema House until further long-term plans can be arranged to ensure the child's care and safety, whether through local adoption, fostering, or other future arrangements.
At Neema House, we seek to care for children when they are most vulnerable, to ensure their health and well-being, and to develop long-term plans for a safe and loving home in the community, preferably with family. When children are found abandoned or at risk of safety, we offer residential care on an interim basis until other long-term plans can be made. Neema House focuses on family reunification first and, when that is not possible, completes the necessary processes to make children available for adoption.
When possible, however, we seek to offer support to families in the community to prevent the need for out-of-home care, particularly in instances of maternal death or severe malnutrition and health concerns. This support could include: infant milk formula support, nutritional counseling and support, parent / caregiver education and training, provision of mosquito nets, assistance with business start-ups for long-term sustainability, medical assistance, or other follow-up support.
Through this support, we strive to meet our overall objectives at all times while working with families: reduce poverty and hunger; reduce malaria and other diseases; reduce infant mortality; improve quality of life; improve education and life skills; and improve family nutrition.