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
Oct - Nov - Dec - 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: Trustees: Graham Pountain, David Borland OBE, Heather Jeffrey, Isabel Jones, Paul Pountain
BIMONTHLY MEETINGS   Next meeting - Sunday February 12th (2023) 2pm Trinity Church Christ Church Square, Accrington, BB5 2NA Click here for more info
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JUNE 2019 Update
MONEY BOXES Below  are our new flat pack money boxes Click here for more info 
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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 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 November 2022 by Graham Pountain:  Our small girls dorm which has three wings  accommodating 20 girls per wing each now have their own toilet and shower facilities - our thanks to Mwita and Kulwa for their hard work in completeing the work. As it’s the start of the rainy season the children and staff have planted maize seed so hopefully we will have a bumper crop in 12 weeks time.  This will help with our food budget. 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: Planting Maize (5pics), Head-teacher, children and staff (4pics) Chores (21pics),  New toilet blocks (17pics), Classes (17pics), Dining Hall (3pics), Groups of children (14pics) ,  Individual Children + Jesca and Elizabeth (10pics),  Steam engine (3pics),  Children Playing (11pics)
Play Time
Learning is Fun!
350 School children
Latest News from our Bethany Pre and Primary School - Dec. 2022 Emmakulatha our head-teacher has just emailed us with the results for the std 7 children (exam taken on leaving primary education). She reports that of the 22 children sitting the exam 11 achieved overall grade A and 11 overall Grade B. The link to the government results for Bethany is here A link to the other 94 schools in our district are here A link to the 6 districts in the Region click here. 4 of our children went to the village school (taught in Swahili) and 2 gained B’s, 1 a C and 1 a D. Hello from the Bethany Pre and Primary school ‘I would like to thank everyone for their continuous support and love for the Bethany family.  I am so pleased with our STD 7 national results this year; it was not easy but like you all know with God all things are possible!  All of our 22 pupils who took the exam have passed with excellent grades and this means they will all continue with their secondary education next year. 11 pupils out of 22 got an ‘A’ average and the rest got ‘B’ average. Adding on that, for the very first time our overall school average this year is A, I couldn’t be prouder of all the teachers and pupils for their hard work. This is indeed a reward for our hard work! I am so grateful to God and all our supporters who have played a big part in supporting our school to provide the best free education to all our children. I am also encouraged by our teaching staff who continue to show their dedication to serving our Bethany vision.’  Thank you and God bless, Emmakulatha (Head of school)
Extracts from an email from Jesca - Dec 2022
We had the visit from our Regional Commissioner on Friday with all the officials from our District Council including the DC. It was a good visit as the RC came to present on behalf of our President, who has decided to share a small gift with 29 children's homes in the 26 regions of Tanzania this year as a way of showing her appreciation for these organisations looking after all these children and also letting the children know that they are cared for and valued.
Excellent news from the Bethany Pre and Primary School Jan 2023
We received this email from Emmakulath (headteacher) today: Good News! STD 4 national examinations results are out and our children have done an amazing job. Click here for full results of the Bethany School  34 children took the exam, 26 pupils have an 'A' average and 8 pupils have 'B' average. I honestly did not expect these results as it was such a challenging class. Our God is indeed Faithful and hard work does pay off. Thank you so much for all your support. Comment to put the results in context: Remembering that we are a non fee paying English medium school teaching students from poor backgrounds and also the children who are resident in our children’s home the comparison shows just how much Emmakulatha (headteacher) and her dedicated staff and hard working students have achieved: For example the three nearest Government Primary Schools (taught in Kiswahili the national language) have achieved the following: Yitwimila Primary School (our nearest village school) 83 students - 4 A’s, 17 B’s,  40 C’s, 15 D’s and 7 Referred (fails) Masanza Primary Sch. (next nearest Government Primary sch.) 108 students  - 0 A’s, 11 B’s, 27 C’s, 40 D’s and 30 Referred (fail) Bulima Primary School ( next nearest Government Primary Sch) 142 students -0 A’s, 17 B’s, 69 C’s, 42 D’s and 14 Referred (fail) Click here for the results for all the schools in our district:
Standard 4 students
Click here for our latest audited accounts March 2021 - March 2022