Neema House is an outreach to orphaned children and broken families in Geita, Tanzania. Neema (pronounced NÄma) is the Swahili word for grace or abundance. Neema House is a children’s home where people from the Geita community experience the grace and abundance of God through tangible acts of love and service. At Neema House, they 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, they 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. It seeks to be involved in the community and partner with social welfare to address the needs of children in the Region of Geita. Neema House 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.
Greenhouse Ministries is a faith-based, non-profit agency serving the underserved in the Middle Tennessee area with a variety of resources designed to give clients and volunteers hope. Career counseling, skill training, food and shelter assistance and other specialized programs are just some of the services offered. Since 1999, Greenhouse Ministries’ goal has been two fold. The first goal is to move people out of their current situation of hopelessness and help them see their God given potential. The second goal is to provide an outlet for people in our community to volunteer. Greenhouse Ministries has the goal to help, educate and connect every client who walks through the door. Starting with helping their clients, Greenhouse Ministries meets the physical needs of clients by serving food and giving out clothes, furniture, toiletries, bicycles and other basic necessities. Then, Greenhouse educates their clients by offering a variety of adult education classes including computer classes, GED tutoring, budgeting, sewing and literacy classes. The final goal of Greenhouse Ministries is to connect their clients. Greenhouse Ministries walks along side their clients with the end goal of taking them from a place of getting to a place of giving. Greenhouse Ministries connects their clients to other resources available in the community including job opportunities, housing availability and resources from other nonprofits.