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 2014 caring for a total of 128 children Contact: Graham Pountain email:,  Tel 01254 879694
Teachers in Training:  Above are our 8 students all at Blackburn College and looking for an opportunity to visit your church, school or organisation.  They are renown for their acappella singing from African tribal songs to English Christmas Carols.  They 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: (there is no charge for their visit) 
Sept - Oct  2014 - UPDATE
Nearly all our children as at March 2013 May 2014 Update Page 1 May 2014 Update Page 2
Update May 2014 page 1 Download PDF for printing
Update May 2014 page 2 Download PDF for printing
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: Trustees: Graham Pountain, David Borland, Heather Jeffrey, Isabel Jones, Paul Pountain
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The photo on the left shows Andrea having her hair ‘done’ by the  younger girls at Bethany and on the right Lynda entertaining two of our  boys. They were a great asset to Bethany and we thank them for their help and  resources they brought to Bethany.  Click here to see their report.  Alison and Warren (both tutors from Blackburn College) arrived on  Sunday the 3rd August and left on the 22nd August.  They taught  various subjects and helped in many different ways.  A report from  them is promised soon.
Photos from the July 2014 Trip Yitwimila Primary School (19pics), Portrait pics (129pics), Netball (32pics), Football (5pics), Agriculture (23pics), Studying (71pics),  Chores (19pics),  Playing (11pics), Groups (27pics),  Individuals (86pics),  Dining hall, kitchen and food (50pics),  School (15pics)
The large photo above shows the layout of the classrooms and staffroom. The inset photo shows a close-up of classrooms 3 & 4.  These photos were taken towards the end of September by David who has just returned form his 2 week trip. The Toilet block is also under construction.  See more photograps of progress here. David’s Trip: David, our treasurer returned from Bethany on Friday 26th September with new photographs of the building progress together with reports from Emmakulatha and Jesca. As usual David checked through all the accounts and also helped with some of the teaching as well as encouraging everyone.  More of David’s pictures here.  School Registration: An inspector has already visited and made recommendations as to the next step in the registration process.  We hope to eventually have registration in January 2014.
From left to right: Deborah, Rehema, Fatuma, Sophia, Stella, Mpelwa, Nkamba and Elizabeth Summer Volunteers at Bethany
Diary of events: Sunday 19th October: St James Church, St James Road, Blackburn. 11am Service (The girls to have a major role in the service) Sunday 26th October: Westbury Gardens URC, Blackburn. 10,30am Service. (The girls to take part in the service) Thursday 20th November: Costa Cafe - Tesco Burnley BB11 2HE. 7.30-8.30pm (Event run by the Salvation Army - girls to take part) Friday 28th November: Singing at Tesco Extra, Accrington 7-8pm (Girls will sing a variety of songs including Christmas Carols) Saturday 13th December: Singing at Tesco Extra, Accrington 7-8pm (Girls will sing a variety of songs including Christmas Carols) Saturday 20th December: Singing at Accrington Mkt Hall, 10.30-11.30am (Girls will sing a variety of songs including Christmas Carols) Saturday 20th December: Singing at Tesco Extra, Accrington 4-5pm (Girls will sing a variety of songs including Christmas Carols)
Above: Photo of Jesca and Emmakulatha Right: Jesca, Emmakulatha, Candice and Minza with Yakabo
TEACHERS: Emmakulatha and Jesca are being helped by Minza (also trained in the UK) together with ex-Bethany girl Candice. They are responsible for the education at Bethany and are looking forward to moving into the new classrooms.
FOREVER ANGELS: For many years now we have been working closely with Amy and Ben Hathaway who run a baby home in Mwanza.  They accept babies up until the age of 5years and during that time they try to either reunite them with family members or have them adopted.  However,  Sometimes the children reach 5 years and need to be transferred to long term care
elswhere.  We have been happy to accept some of these children at Bethany where  they can flourish into adulthood. Please read the article published in the Guardian  concerning Amy’s childhood ambition and why she chose not have children of her  own. Article here.