CHILDREN’S HOME and SCHOOL Busega District, Mwanza Region, Tanzania, E. Africa We are a small team of Christians working together to help the most vulnerable children and people in a rural area of Tanzania. East Africa. We are involved in providing financial support and volunteers to visit both long and short term to share in the work both here and in Tanzania. As of Sept.2023 caring for more than 140+ children at our Children’s home, and over 370+ children in our Primary School. Contact: Graham Pountain email: graham@pountain.net  Tel 01254 879694
Jan-Feb-March-April-2024 UPDATE
The Bethany Project (often referred to as the Bethany Family) is registered in Tanzania as an NGO no. 8059. It is administered by the The Bethany Project (Tanzania) UK (Reg. Charity no 517995),   Reg. Address: 11 Ash Street, Oswaldtwistle, Accrington, Lancashire. BB5 3LN.  Tel 01254 879694.  email: graham@pountain.net Trustees: Graham Pountain, David Borland OBE, Heather Jeffrey, Isabel Jones, Paul Pountain
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History Timeline Highlights 1989 - 2021 Click here
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NEW - Bethany as viewed from above
The Children’s home Click on image to enlarge
The School Click on image to enlarge
November 2022 Video - Update - Aspects of Bethany
Click here for our audited accounts March 2022 - March 2023
This video is about the people who run Bethany.  They tell their stories about how they came to Bethany, their education and their responsibilities at Bethany.
BIMONTHLY MEETINGS   Next meeting - Sunday April 7th (2024) 2pm Ernest Street Chapel, Ernest Street, Church, Oswaldtwistle, Accrington. BB5 4PH (location: what3words: rival.cross.votes )
Below: Past Videos
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New Donorsee page for Bethany (click here)
Bethany School came 2nd out of 592 schools in their Region   I
We are happy to report that in the std 4 national exams the Bethany pre and Primary School came 2nd out of the Region’s 592 primary schools.  What can we say as this would seem an impossible result.  We are a small rural (English medium) school which provides free education plus breakfast and lunch for our children who come from our children’s home and the surrounding villages. We accept more girls than boys (in the ratio 2 girls to 1 boy) as we believe girls are more vulnerable.  Of the 22 students 15 were girls and 7 boys. The average grade was A and all the children achieved this in English.  Perhaps the reason is that we have wonderfully qualified teachers who are motivated by supper salaries and special bonuses for each successful result.  No this is not the reason.  So in conclusion we believe the result was due to the commitment of both our students and teachers.  Perhaps more than anything else our Christian values which make both teaching and learning something special.  Bethany is the happiest school you may ever have visited. Our school motto is: ‘we strive for knowledge but delight in wisdom’. Congratulations to pupils, staff and most importantly people like you who through regular sacrificial giving made all this possible. If you can help click here.   Click here for full results  
In 2015 he became an unpaid volunteer teaching assistant  at the Bethany Primary School and received on the job training from Emmakulatha (head teacher) and also from Jesca Paulo (then academic teacher – now project coordinator).  Both Emmakultha and Jesca were educated in the UK.  Emmakulatha believed he was making good progress so offered to support him (via a loan- since repaid) to do a one year teacher training course which he completed some time ago.  Mr Mayala says his success is due first to his Christian faith, which reflects his commitment and work ethic and the initial training from Emmakulatha and Jesca. Emmakulatha mentions that Mr. Mayala’s great success did not come easily as during his 9 years at Bethany she had to suspend him on two occasions for using Swahili in his lessons instead of English. When asked if he would consider moving schools to one which offered more money he said he enjoyed everything about Bethany and didn’t think other schools would have the same Christian commitment and so would rather stay at Bethany. 
The Mr. Mayala Story
Mr. Mayala, is our std 4 class teacher who with the help of others teachers achieved the results you see on the left.  Mr Mayala (not married) is 28 years old and went to a local government primary school followed by the local government secondary school (Sogeska).  He left form 4 secondary school with a division 4 pass (very poor score)
Left to right: Theleza, Kabula, Mgosi, Anna and Neema
Results just in: Theleza Div 1, Kabula, Neema and Mgosi Div 2 and Anna Div 3 Of the 239 children in form 4 only 5 got Dvision 1 (3 boys and 2 girls) Theleza and another boy (from the village) shared the top score. Click here to see how the marks are scored. Now the sad news is that Bethany has not enough funds to be able to help them with further education either high school or training courses. Theleza and Kabula want to go to high School. Whilst there are no school fees they require uniforms and a comprehenive list of resources totaling about £400. Theleza wants to be a secondary school teacher and Kabula a nurse. Neema and Anna would both like to do a two year teacher training course. The course for the first year including fees, accommodation and food is approx £1,000.  Mgosi would like to be an electrician and for the first year the cost including fees, accommodation and food is again approx £1,000. We have put the request to donorsee for each one of them.  So far Kabula has been fully funded but the other 4 are struggling to find donors. If you think you may be able to help either click here to see the donorsee projects or make a donation directly and inform our Treasurer what the money is to be used for (click here)
Last years form 4 (2023) Leavers
Last years std7 now ready for form1 Secondary school
You may remember that our last year’s std7 children had 32 children in the class - all qualified to go to secondary. 16 of the children were from Bethany so here they are with their new uniforms and resouces. They each need to take a bucket with lid, a broom, a hoe plus excercise books, reams of A4 paper, text books, small rucksack and just about everything else you can think of. We wish them well in their new secondary school.
Here we have Sarah John who will finish her 2nd year at High school this May- she is doing really well and still coming top in almost every subject (ambition to be a doctor)
Here we have Esther Cosmas who is just about to finish her first year at High school - she is hoping to do as well as Sarah above and she hopes Sarah will continue to be a great help to her (ambition to be a doctor).
Jesca and Nick to be married Saturday 24th Feb 2024
Below - Dance song ‘ God is able’
Below -5 students need support
Invitation for a visit to Bethany We are organising a 2 week trip to Bethany in May this year.  If you feel you would lke to go and both see the work we are doing and help where possible we invite you to the selection process. Our guide is here and our application form is here. If accepted you will have to pay for your airfares (approx £1,000) and also contribute £3 per day for your food and accommodation. Email: graham@pountain.net
Congratulations to Jesca and Nick on their Wedding Day Saturday 24th February 2024