There is always lots happening at Neema Village, our home for abandoned, orphaned and at risk babies in Arusha, Tanzania. We have had seven new babies in the last few months. There are three little new babies in the isolation room right now, pictured below.
Little preemie Eliah was born March 1, 2018. He weighed 2.2 kilos when he was brought to Neema. His mother is very sick with liver problems and she has two other small children at home. We have put this family in our outreach program and will be helping them each month while the mother is sick. Hopefully the mother will get better and be able to take Eliah home someday.
Baby Sarah, pictured below with Bekah, was born Feb 28th. Her mom is very sick with HIV, refuses to take the medicine and is no longer talking. Please pray for this mom who seems to have given up on life.
We test all our babies every six months at Neema for HIV until they are age two. At that time if they have not begun to develop antibodies they are clear of HIV. Many of these moms who have the sickness here in Africa get the disease from their husbands who then die and leave a wife not only destitute but sick as well. It is very sad for these families and especially for the little ones left behind.
Little Isac, pictured below, was born on January 8th, 2018. His 29 year old mother gave birth and then felt sick and was taken to the hospital and given a blood transfusion She then developed blood clots and had surgery to remove them. Sadly she passed away leaving this beautiful little boy, pictured below with Nadine one of our volunteers from Germany The father cannot care for Isac and there are no other family members who can help, so the baby will stay at Neema until the father hopefully remarries. Praise God, Isac already has a full sponsorship.
Neema Grace, pictured below, is doing great. Featured on the last blog, she weighed 1.5 Kilos and was skin and bones when we brought her home from the hospital. Now this little chubby cheeked girl eats all the time and is growing like a little pumpkin.
Identical twins, Zablon and Ezekeli came to Neema on Feb 26, 2018 . They were about 3 months old. Unfortunately their mother had passed away. The father works out of town and cannot care for the boys.
Emmanuel was brought to Neema under special conditions when we were asked by Social Welfare to take this little guy. He was pretty beat up with scabs and bruises on his face. His mother is an alcoholic and lives in a cardboard box. Emmanuel was called a “walker” because he just walked around from place to place asking for food. There are many street kids in the large towns in Africa but not usually as young as Emmanuel. We are not sure his exact age but he has fit right in with the big boys in the Montana House. He knows how to charm people, I guess that is how he got people to give him food. Emily Broadbent and Emmanuel are best buddies.
Angela Burkhalter and Neema’s baby Isac are pictured below.
John and Angela Burkhalter from Rusk, Texas and their three children spent 2 weeks at Neema. They were awesome volunteers. We have had lots of incredible volunteers this year! I wish I could picture them all.
Just have to put in a plug for the Mt. Kilimanjaro Charity climb. Contact Dr. David Vineyard from Nacogdoches, Texas if you are interested in climbing this July. It raises money for Neema and will be a blast! If you can’t climb be sure and sponsor a climber!!!
You can be a part of this precious ministry by sponsoring one of the babies beginning at $30 per month. It cost $300 per month to keep a baby at Neema. Sponsorship money is tax deductible and does not go toward buildings, land, cows or chickens, solar installation, roads or other special projects. Those are paid for by special contributions. It does pay Tanzanian staff salaries, food, formula, medical, petrol and utilities. Only Tanzanians are paid from sponsorships at Neema Village, all other workers at Neema are volunteers who raise their own support including the directors. Please go to www.neemavillage.org to set up a sponsorship. We need your help. Bless you if you are already sponsoring a baby!!
2 Corinthians 9:8 “God is able to make all Grace abound to you, so that in all things, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”
Michael and Dorris