Project Rehema Ministries is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization. Our primary goal is to minister to some of the 2.5 million orphans in Tanzania, East Africa by addressing their physical, educational, emotional, and spiritual needs through the examples of Jesus Christ.
Our goal is to get away from the institutionalizing of orphaned children by having small, modest homes where there is a "mama" caring for a small number of orphaned children per home by providing a real, home-like setting where not only are their physical needs being met but they are experiencing the real love of a family. Our goal is to have them blend in with their community and not stand out as orphans. Project Rehema does not discriminate against children with HIV.
In 2003, Project Rehema President, Kelli Solsma, met a little girl named Rehema Ntandu while on a mission trip in Tanzania. Rehema was only 7 or 8 at the time and was kicked out of multiple orphanages because nobody wanted her because she was HIV positive. During Kelli’s 3 week stay, Rehema was in 3 different orphanages! Before she left Tanzania she made the pastor at the orphanage promise that he would get her to an orphanage in a nearby town where Kelli knew she would not only be accepted but also loved. Rehema arrived there safely. A few months later, Kelli sent someone to check up on Rehema and found out she had passed away. For Rehema, it was too late. However, it’s not too late for the other 2.5 million orphans of Tanzania. Rehema may have been small and frail, but she was mighty in purpose. Her legacy lives on. In 2007 Project Rehema was formed in her memory. Currently Project Rehema has 17 homes/family units caring for over 100 orphaned and vulnerable children.