CHILDREN’S HOME and SCHOOL Magu 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 May 2021 caring for more than 161 children at our Children’s home, and over 300 children in our school. Contact: Graham Pountain email: graham@pountain.net  Tel 01254 879694
July - Sept. - 2022 - 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
BIMONTHLY MEETINGS   Next meeting - Sunday October 9th (2022) 2pm Trinity Church Christ Church Square, Accrington, BB5 2NA Click here for more info
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This web page is in the process of being updated with news from Tanzania. To see our last update April - June - 2022  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 2021 Video - Update - Aspects of Bethany
Students attending our local Government Secondary school When the Bethany children leave our Primary School they attend the local government School (Sogeska). Form 2: Jesca writes ‘So our form two as you can see have done really really well and we hope for even better results when they reach form four because they are all capable of doing it. 1. Anna Michael Div 2: 19 points 2. Helena Edward Shilinde Div 1: 17 points 3. Neema Petro Ayubu Div 2: 18 points 4. Kabula Mashauri Biligeya Div 1: 16 points 5. Theleza Mashine Masalu Div 1: 10 points 6. Mgosi Ally Msitaafa Div 1: 16 points Form 4 - secondary school leavers exam  Jesca writes: ‘Our form four children who just finished their final exams have once again done really well, better than any class from Bethany has ever done and Sarah is the top child in the whole District and among the ten best in the region.’ 1. Sarah John Div 1: 7 points (the highest score achieveable) 2. Cerline Stephano Div 2: 19 points 3. Elizabeth Samwel Div 2: 19 points 4. Suzan Mathias Div 2: 19 points 5 Chama Malu Div 2: 18 points 6. Zawadi Hassan Div 3: 25 points Here is a link to the results for all the secondary schools in Tanzania click here Jesca writes: ‘So Emma and I and the rest of the team are very pleased and encouraged by these results and we thank God that he is taking these children to different levels each time. We just hope that you too are encouraged and the children themselves use these results to glorify God for the service of his kingdom.’ Comment: If you take the time to have a look at the results from other secondary schools (click here) you may be surprised to learn how few of the children achieve division 1 or division 2. We believe that the failure in the secondary schools is due to the fact that many children leave Primary school with very poor English and therefore unable to understand the lessons now taught in English. Fortunately, the children leaving the Bethany school have a very good grounding in the English Language which enables them to succeed at our local goverment secondary school.
Report on visit June 2022 by Graham Pountain:  As usual lots of things going on with the various aspects of the work.  Our Primary school numbers have risen from 305 to 370 from January this year.  Due to the Russia/Ukraine the exchange rate has dropped by over 15% plus the fact that like everywhere else prices of basic commodities/food have risen.  We provide nearly 1,000 meals per day to our school children and staff and are looking at ways to grow more of our own food etc.. For the full report on more aspects of our work click here Links to the photos of the various aspect of the trip are here: Agriculture (25 photos),  Building work (18 photos) Children  (38 photos),  Chores  (31 photos),  Food/Kitchen (31 photos),  Learning (21 photos), Play (9 photos),  Rose and Joseph (2 photos).
Rose and Joseph with Jesca  (two new members of the Bethany Family)
School Work (Happy days!))
Play Time
Greetings from the Bethany school! I trust you are all doing well, back at Bethany all is well, God has been so faithful and we could not have done it all if it was not for His unconditional love and Grace. Weekend with the girls programme: In my report I have mentioned 'weekend with the girls' this is a programme I started last year, basically it is to help our girls aged 11 to 14 (STD3 to 7) learn life skills, sex education etc. We meet every Saturday from 9am to 1pm. This has been so successful because I can see how confident they are becoming and valuing themselves. as well as learning about life skills etc, we also do outreach work in our community, we visit poor families, e.g. widows etc, we do not have much to give but we offer to help do some house chores (see pictures) It is important to teach our children about giving and helping those who have less than ourselves, I really want them to understand how important it is to give rather than to receive. I remember we once watched a film called pay it forward, it was hard to try and explain it for them to understand, but when we started doing the outreach programme now everyone ‘gets it’. There is nothing we can give to people who support us but we can try our very best to show the same kindness to others even if that means washing their clothes or simply cleaning their house. My only hope is that they continue in this path even when they leave our school just like how it says in our school Bible verse "we start children off on the way they should go so even when they are older, they will not turn from it."  School inspection: We had our school inspection (like Ofsted in the UK) in March and the report was outstanding, the inspectors were really impressed by our school, pupils' behaviour which is excellent, the learning environment and resources are appropriate. We prefer to support more girls than boys as we all know girls are more vulnerable and are still treated differently in our African culture. Everyone except our STD 4 and 7 children are currently on holiday. We feel they will benefit more from extra help as they are getting ready for their National examinations in October and November. Thank you for your continuous support to Bethany. It is amazing to see what we have achieved and hoping to achieve in the future. Kind regards,  Emmakulatha
Extracts from an email from Emmakulatha (Headteacher) August 2022
School Outreach Programme - helping those in need who live in our village (More photos here)
Extracts from our Headteachers report August 2022 For full report click here As the head of our school I am always encouraged to see how everyone is making a positive contribution towards achieving our Bethany school vision, it is not always easy but we continue to do it all through our Lord Jesus who gives us strength and courage to tackle all our daily challenges and struggles. As a school community we have continued to work hard and tirelessly in our drive to be better each and every day. As a result we are really starting to see some of our pupils demonstrate the consistency in the behaviour and attitude towards learning. This is no more evident than with our STD 4 &7 pupils as they plan and prepare for their National examinations taking the whole process extremely serious. Staffing: I am so grateful to have such hardworking and committed people in our teaching staff. It is not always easy to keep everyone motivated but I do appreciate how we have managed to find a way to work together to serve our school vision. We have a saying “All in it togetherI truthfully believe this has played a major role in helping to keep our team strong and focused. Currently we have 23 members on our staff, 18 teachers (12 teachers and 6 TAs), one school secretary, school cleaner and maintenance person. Our successes  Outstanding feedback from school inspectors  Excellent results from mocks examinations, top 15 pupils both in STD4 and STD 7 mock ward examinations came from our school. Our school ranked second in the region mock examination in July.  Our preschool children are becoming exceptional at Bible verse challenge competitions, could this be because of the lollypops? I really do not know  Children are enjoying coming to school every day, they feel safer whilst at school.  Teachers and pupils working hard together and putting Jesus at the centre of all we do.  Our “weekend with girls” programme has become a success! For the full report Click here For School Photos Click here Results by Class: Reception,  Class 1Class 2Class 3, Class 4Class 5Class 6Class 7, 2022 results summary
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