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 February 2015 caring for a total of 127 children Contact: Graham Pountain email: graham@pountain.net,  Tel 01254 879694
June - July 2016 - UPDATE
Photos from the June Trip 2016: All children (13pics), New children (14 pics),  Baptisms (70 pics) Village children with carers (53 pics),  Football (20 pics),  Play (43 pics), Chores (26 pics),  Individuals  (32 pics),  Groups (49 pics), Choir  (46 pics),  Teachers  (31 pics),  Views (16 pics),  odd (12 pics) 25,000+ Photos in 632 Albums from May 2007 to Present 140 Youtube videos from August 2007 to present
Greetings from Bethany,  This is our temporary web page due to the fact the old computer failed and at the moment I am unable to update the old pages. However, the old Bethany main index page is here
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: 2 Aspen Fold, Oswaldtwistle, Accrington, Lancashire. BB5 4PH.  Tel 01254 879694.  email: graham@pountain.net Trustees: Graham Pountain, David Borland, Heather Jeffrey, Isabel Jones, Paul Pountain
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Classrooms 1 and 2 on the left, Staffroom and Head teachers office in the centre and Classrooms 3 and 4 on the right
It was back in September 2012 when our choir last visited.  We are now planning a repeat visit this Autumn (2016) from mid September.  The children and Jesca (accompanying teacher) have their passports and have filled in their visa applications. They travel by bus down to Dar-es-Salam (712miles) to the British High Commission on the 9th July for interviews on the 11th and 12th July, where they will have their photos and finger prints taken. Hopefully three weeks later they will receive their Visas and we can then start booking flights and confirming visits etc.  Altogether there will be 16 members of the choir including the 12 children from Bethany, Jesca and the three girls who have just finished studying in the UK (teachers) and are intending joining the choir on their visits.  The choir are from 5 different tribes and they each speak three languages, their tribal language, Swahili their national language and of course English.  They are hoping their English will have improved by the end of the tour.  We hope to hire a 17 seater minibus for their travels.
Above: are 8 of our secondary school boys, the other 6 were studying for exams at school.
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Above: A short video introducing the Choir
Above: 7 songs in 7minutes choir practice
Above: Here are three of our UK trained teachers at 7am in the morning about to set off for a day in the big city - Mwanza. Click here  to see more pictures.
Above: One of the village children attending our Bethany School together with her guardian/carer.  Click here to see the others.
Above:  In May and June this year (2016) we started to put down the bases for classrooms 5-8.  We then need to wait for further funds to start building the walls etc.  Emmakulatha our headmistress says that when the 8 Primary school classrooms have been competed she would like have a Secondary school!
Below: Short 22min video of various clips from around Bethany showing the School and children’s home.
Right: 14 of our older children had decided to be baptised and so on Saturday 18th June they along with about 150 others went down to the lake for full immersion baptism.  Afterwards they had a first communion service. Click here for more photos
Left: Jesca our group leader
Above: 12 children of our group
Left and Above: Elizabeth, Nkamba and Stella (our trainee teachers) who will join the group
Above: One of our 14 new children who have just joined Bethany  Click here to see the other 13 new Bethany Children.
Above: Parents meeting for the school