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 2018 caring for more than 245 children at our Children’s home, our school and via fostering. Contact: Graham Pountain email:,  Tel 01254 879694
May - August  2018 - UPDATE
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 However, the old outdated Bethany main index page is here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: Trustees: Graham Pountain, David Borland OBE, Heather Jeffrey, Isabel Jones, Paul Pountain
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A multi purpose building at Bethany would be very useful. The cost would be about £25,000 for a building 9 metres by 16 metres.
NEWS - May 2018 Our new management team are making head way in various areas. Jesca has re-registered the NGO complying with new regulations in Tanzania. She has also visited Dodoma (12 hours on the bus) to process a new children’s home licence and also to visit the Ministry of Education.  All our staff now comply with all the labour law regulations. Bethany Primary School: Emmakulatha struggles to find teachers who can speak English well.  Many teachers have been trained over the last few years and many are waiting to be selected to be allocated to government schools.  Whilst many hold degrees some of our standard 7 students have better English than our teachers (exam results prove this). We are a non fee paying school and also an English medium school and our teachers share our vision and receive half the pay they might expect elsewhere.  Secondary School: we are now in a position to start negotiations with the local Education Officers regarding the building of a secondary school. Recently we have found out that only 2 children from the local government village school were selected for secondary education (out of a class of over 70 children). One primary school had no children selected for secondary education.
Above photo shows nearly all our children resident at Bethany plus our boys staying at Kitongo.
Our next monthly meeting ( Sunday 2nd Sept ) will include a report from Peter and Kim Rawlinson who visited in June and  Dave Shaw who will have visited Bethany in August
Bethany School  May 2018
Government Secondary School  May 2018
Bethany Children’s Home staff  May 2018
Bethany School Staff  May 2018
Form 4 leavers  May 2018
Head teacher’s house:   In February we started building our new accommodation for our head teacher (Emmakulatha) with the help of Dion who was visiting at the time. As you can see the building work is complete together with the roof. All that is needed now is the fitting of the kitchen, shower room and WC and it will be ready to live in. It will be good to have Emmakulatha living on site.
Photos from the May 2018 trip
Above: shoe polishing for my sisters
Above: Worship song led by Leah Charles  The song title is UTUTANGULIE BWANA. Which means asking God to guide us on our way as we long to reach to heaven. Also, we ask God to be with us in various issues  such as studies and life in general.
Mark and Gill Bates visited Bethany  for two weeks in June 2018. Whilst there they helped Jesca and Emmakulatha organise various activities for the children.  Gill gave the care workers a course in first aid and Mark led a communion service. For photos of their visit (click here). Here are some extracts taken from their report: This was Marks first visit to Bethany and he was amazed at what was available both in the classrooms for the teaching of the children and the enthusiasm and the joy that was in and around Bethany with the children and also the care workers. To have 40 children sat around the visitors house colouring pictures in the afternoon was something to behold with no one falling out! Overall a truly blessed experience which I have no doubt will have me processing for several weeks to come. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be part of the family of  Bethany’