Our Team

Michael and Dorris FortsonMichael and Dorris Fortson

Beginning as young missionaries near Mbeya in 1965, the Fortsons have a long history of service in Tanzania. Compelled by the images of homeless children on their trips to Tanzania, they established Neema House Arusha in 2012. Michael and Dorris have four children and eight grandchildren. All of their children are involved in the support of Neema. Two of the Fortson’s children were born in Tanzania and Rebekah now lives at Neema Village. Michael and Dorris are semi-retired and serve as unpaid volunteers and Directors of NV. They are the Executive Directors of Neema and serve as President of the Board of Directors.

Ashley Berlin

Ashley Berlin is from Casper, Wyoming.  She comes from a preacher family and is deeply committed to teaching the love of Jesus to all her students.  Ashley and our Tanzanian teacher, make up the preschool teaching staff at Neema Village.  Ashley is a volunteer and is not paid by Neema Village.

Kim White

Kim White volunteers at Neema Village twice a year for three months at a time.  As a Board Member, she is on the Finance Committee and the Education Committee of Neema Village.

Kim oversees the Volunteer Program by handling correspondence and scheduling.

Kim is the “in charge” director when Michael and Dorris are not in Tanzania, and as a volunteer, she is not paid by Neema Village.

Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they’re not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes.
David Platt