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
Teachers in Training Progress: We have received two donations specifically to pay for our 8 girls (Teachers in Training) to return home for 6 weeks in the summer holidays.  Sophia will have finished her UK education but the other 7 hope to return to the UK to continue their studies.  Three of our girls (Rehema, Mpelwa and Debora) will have finished their Btec diplomas with high marks (324 predicted points) and at a meeting on the 24th February Blackburn College have agreed to fund them to take the BA degree in Education following in the footsteps of Jesca, Emma, Sophia and Fatuma.  However during their 6 week break back at Bethany in Tanzania they will have a very full timetable teaching at the Bethany school and also helping by visiting the local village schools (primary and secondary) and helping the village children. Presentations: The girls have sung at many different events including Spring Harvest, Church services, Schools, Exhibitions, Weddings,  from short 10 min slots to full 1 hour presentations.  If you have an opportunity for them to sing and perhaps hear their stories then please email: graham@pountain.net. (there is no charge for their visit) 
March - April 2015 - UPDATE
Photos from the Jan - Feb Trip 2015: New Children (7pics), Sports (17pics),  Library (9pics), Girls dorm (19pics), Agriculture (23pics),  Playground (3pics),  New Toilet Block (14pics), Boys dormitory (6pics),  Groups (12pics),  Individuals (18pics),  Classroom work (19pics),  Application Form photos (16pics) 20,000+ Photos in 567 Albums from May 2007 to Present 128 Youtube videos from August 2007 to present
Nearly all our children as at March 2013
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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All our buildings are ready and are being used in the afternoons and weekends to teach both Bethany children and village children whilst waiting! School Registration: As reported a couple of months ago all the forms for registration have been completed and handed in.  Various inspectors have been round to do their inspections.  The application forms have been through the district level and then the regional level.  We are told the application forms will be returned to the regional level for the final inspection by the zonal inspector.  As you know we had hoped for registration in January and now we are in April and still waiting.  Please pray for the people involved to see the need and to process the application quickly and put aside any expectation of a bribe as we do not give bribes as a matter of principal.  We would be dissapointed to think that our application was being delayed because of our policy.
left to right: Debora, Rehema, Fatuma,Sophia,Stella, Mpelwa, Nkamba and Elizabeth Bethany Girls always looking for an opportunity to tell others about their home Classrooms 1 and 2 on the left, Staffroom and Head teachers office in the centre and Classrooms 3 and 4 on the right
Our two UK trained teachers Jesca and Emmakulatha report on progress with the new School Licence. They have a new volunteer teacher to help with some of the subjects especially subjects specific to Tanzania.  Both Jesca and Emma have help from the form 4 leavers especially Emmanuel and Bhati.  They have also arranged for some of the std 4 children to take their national exam at a local highly regarded private school.  In July they will have help from Sophia who will have completed her education in the UK and be joining them as a fully qualified volunteer teacher.
Ride Out for the Bethany Family
A sponsored Cycle Ride around the famous TT course on the Isle of Man
Saturday 27th June 2015
__________________________________ Quiz Night Saturday 12th September 2015 7pm Ernest Street Baptist Chapel Walmsley Close, Church, Accrington BB5 4HL
Why Bethany needs its own school
Below is a short 4min video of a typical Tanzanian government  secondary school.  You will see that corporal punishment is still used  and the way they implement this ‘punishment’.  You will also hear the  headmasters comments.  Sadly the brutal beatings don’t seem to  improve the students academic ability, in fact the Bethany children  believe it makes them hate the subject and despise the teachers.  Also  many students spend a great deal of time finding ways of avoiding  attending school or the various lessons.
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