The project

NeemaRehabilitation is a project of the Anglican Church of Tanzania, Diocese of Ruaha

NeemaRehabilitation specialized for consulting and treatment of disabled persons, namely children.

Rehabilitation means helping people with chronic diseases which cannot be healed and which lead to restrictions of functions in activities of daily living and to social handicaps.

The name: “NeemaRehabilitation”

The Kiswahili-Word “Neema“ means: “grace“. Grace is a gift from God and signifies the grant of the healing and redemptive work of Christ. The experience of grace will put the man out of isolation into fellowship with God and His people and sets the people free of their own and others‘ accusations. It is accompanied by joy and captures the man in his whole person.

For disabled people in Tanzania, the concept of “grace” acquires an even stronger meaning, because they do not only fight with their physical ailments, but also with blame, prejudice and exclusion.

Mediation of acceptance, affection, practical help and hope are important elements of rehabilitation and thus are an expression of Christian mission as a project of the Anglican Church. It addresses all people regardless of gender, religion, tribe, social position, age or physical status. Rehabilitation is not intended for any religious influence.

The term NeemaRehabilitation alludes also to the already well-functioning project “NeemaCrafts”, which leads disabled people into employment and thus has a way out of the spiral of poverty and disability.

 Objectives

  • To eliminate stigma and discrimination both in the society as well as at workplace on the basic of their status
  • To facilitate the integration of persons with handicap into education and employment
  • To motivate parents and guardians, local Government structures and faith organizations in promoting activities which aim at changing attitudes and preconceptions within communities
  • To work towards influencing Government policy regarding people with disabilities in a positive way
  • To assess people with disabilities according to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF)
  • To offer medical treatment or help to access the public medical services
  • To prescribe and to follow-up physiotherapy activities
  • To offer rehabilitative training
  • To encourage its beneficiaries to develop skills using locally available human resources and materials to face problems related to disability
  • To raise funding in order to cover costs for the medical services offered to the poor and to expand gradually the same
  • To liaise with other stakeholders inside and outside the region which share the overlapping aim of protecting persons with disabilities from getting affected by HIV/Aids
  • To function as a model project for future imitation in more locations throughout the Southern Highlands regions of Tanzania, which are Iringa and Mbeya