Maxine the Strong-Willed Elephant
Maxine the Strong-Willed Elephant parallels the true story of an abandoned baby in Africa who found a new family at Neema Village. Neema means Grace in the Swahili language and is a home for abandoned and orphaned babies in Arusha, Tanzania. Maxine was very tiny when she was born and left alone. She weighed just a little more than two pounds. After coming to Neema Village, one day Maxine became very sick and Bekah, an EMT living at Neema, raced her to the hospital where the doctor said, “This baby will not make it.” Bekah replied, “Oh yes she will, she is as strong-willed as an elephant.” And so began the story of Maxine the strong-willed elephant.
Phillip Flies Home
Phillip, our little honey guide, is the story of a real baby who was abandoned in Arusha, Tanzania and rescued by Neema Village. The baby, Phillip, was named for Phillip Wood who was the only American on Malaysian flight 370 that went down in the Indian Ocean on March 23, 2014. Phillip’s story is a happy honey guide bird, leading a honey badger to a honey tree and loses his way home.
The Baked Potato Boy
Elliott was abandoned at the hospital in Tanzania, Africa weighing only 1.65 lbs. His first four months were spent in a hospital bed because he was so tiny. Elliot was Neema’s Baked Potato Boy in this true story. He thrived at Neema Village and has now been adopted by a great Tanzanian family.