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 Dec 2022 caring for more than 150 children at our Children’s home, and over 350 children in our school. Contact: Graham Pountain email:  Tel 01254 879694
April-May-June - 2023 - 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: Trustees: Graham Pountain, David Borland OBE, Heather Jeffrey, Isabel Jones, Paul Pountain
BIMONTHLY MEETINGS   Next meeting - Sunday October 8th (2023) 2pm Trinity Church Christ Church Square, Accrington, BB5 2NA Click here for more info
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JUNE 2019 Update
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 2021 - March 2022
Latest Videos taken February 2023
New Fund Raising Platform Donorsee Short videos asking for help with various projects For a full list and more information Click here
For a full list and more information Click here
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.
Short report from Jesca (coordinator) May 2023 We thank you all for your continuous love, financial support and prayers for our family at Bethany. This year, despite all the economical challenges faced by the world, you've remained faithful to us, hence, the project is thriving because of your commitment. We are particularly grateful for the new Donorsee programme which has helped raise so much for both the Bethany home and school for items such as, text books, pens and reams of paper, mattresses, schools shoes and uniforms, food and much more. Due to the economic situation this year Bethany has decided to focus on maintenance and improvement of what we already have until the economic situation improves then we might embark on capital projects. Therefore, the staff and all the older children have been involved in this endeavour. The children have  participated in growing vegetables, fruits and maize at the homesite which has been very positive in supporting the monthly food budget. Click here for more of the report
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A report From Emmakulatha May 2023 (head teacher at the Bethany School)
Esther Juma
School Assembly
Greetings from the Bethany school! Hello everyone, I hope all is well. We thank God that all is going well at the Bethany school.  I am pleased to share with you what has happened at our school this term. I am delighted to inform you that both teachers and pupils are working very hard to keep up with our school targets. All our pupils have shown outstanding progress in their learning this is evident in their examination results. This week, our STD 1 pupils took part in a national assessment for reading, writing and numeracy. The results were excellent; all our pupils passed the assessment with very good grades. Also our STD 4 & 7  children took part in mock examinations, which involved eight schools in our ward, and they all did an amazing job, in both exams top pupils who scored higher grades came from our school. Our school also took part in a choir and essay competition. Our school choir won and Esther Juma (pic below) one of our girls from STD 6 won the essay competition, she was the top in our region! Adding on that, we are grateful that some of our donorsee projects have been a success, most of the projects we did, for example, asking for solar lights, science equipments, texts books etc have been funded. Our village children are so excited about the solar lights because they will now be able to study at night.  I am so pleased with this and I cannot thank enough all the people who have donated to our various projects. 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. Our teachers have been working extra hard to support all our pupils. We are very grateful to all our supporters for their continuous support to Bethany, none of this would have been possible if it was not for your generous support. It remains an honour to serve as the Bethany school headteacher. Every blessing,  Emmakulatha
Short report by Graham Pountain - visited May 2023 I visited for 2 weeks from 6th to 21st May. The rains had arrived a few days before my arrival and the site workers, care staff and children were very busy with tending to the crops which appeared to be doing well.  This will be helpful reducing our food bill. Since covid we have had few volunteers so I have done a short video below showing the on site accommodation for prospective supporters/volunteers.  As usual I took numerous photos and videos showing many aspects of the work.  We are working hard on promoting various needs through our new Donorsee platform.  Please support us if you can and at least become a ‘follower’ Many of our maintenace issues were in the final stages of completion and once complete we hope to start building a small unit which will house a shower and toilet for our site workers. Also we are considering a trip to the UK of our headteacher Emmakulatha and 3 pupils from our home to visit churches, schools etc. to thank them for past support and to talk about life in Tanzania and the work at Bethany. This we hope will be for about 6 weeks starting the middle of September this year 2023.  If you would be interested in a visit please email me :
What a special time the 3 of us have had in Bethany, and what a brilliant and new experiences we have all had. We’ve spent the majority of our 11 days, fully immersed with both the children and staff, with activities ranging from sports on the playing field, prayer meetings both inside the hall and outside, a huge variety of crafting activities, both planned and unplanned when spontaneity kicked in outside our living area. The enthusiasm of the children to want to spend time with us, has been lovely and has made our stay so special. We also had the privilege to spend time in the Primary School teaching, with both Bethany children and some village children, and were amazed with their understanding of English reading and writing. We had a fun time introducing the children to new maths and English games. We appreciated the lovely welcome from all the staff and can see the effort and hard work they continually put into the children. We hope and look forward to a further visit. Sue, Rachel and Teigan
A short report from Sue, Rachel and Teigan who visited Bethany June 2023
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Forthcoming visit  by Emmakulatha (head teacher) and 3 pupils
We are please to announce the proposed visit by Emmakulatha (head teacher) and three of her pupils: Neema, Abigail and Luckyvella, The dates proposed are from:  September 21st to November the 7th (2023) This will be an opportunity for them to visit our faithfull supporters and to spread the word about Bethany.  As usual they enjoy singing and talking about life in Africa.  They are happy to visit organisations showing an interest in their work.  They are flexible with their presentations from 10 mins to 1 hour.  There is no charge however donations towards the work would be gratefully received. If you are interested in booking a slot please contact: Graham via email:
To make a donation Bank name HSBC Account name: The Bethany Project (Tanzania) UK Sort Code: 40-12-04 Account number: 01330624 Once you have made a transfer could you please email our Treasurer David to let him know if we can gift aid your donation. Contact: