January - February 2007

Photos taken on the January 2007 trip (over 300)

Portrait Pics of girls (57pics), Portrait Pics of Boys (49pics), New Children (3pics)

Children at work (47pics), Groups Children (36pics), Individual Children (48pics)

Letters log-book (4pics), Accy College Students (8pics),  New Exercise books (13pics)

Sunrise-sets (152 pics)

January trip 2007: David Borland and Graham Pountain visited Bethany from 11th - 27th January. This trip was mainly concerned with going with a fine toothcomb through the budget and making plans for the future

New children: We now have 109 children. Three of these children were admitted in February and Onesmo has emailed me their photos. Click here to see the new children.
Forever Angels - Mwanaidi and Neema: Both girls have now been there just over 3 month and are doing well. Amy Hathaway the mamager at Forever Angels reports:
‘Neema and Mwanaidi are doing really well. They are hard working, get on well with the staff and children and are keen and eager to learn. In fact - I envisaged all sorts of teething troubles and haven't had any which is great!’ They visited home (Bethany) for a weekend in January and the staff together with their brothers and sisters where encouraging them to continue to ‘work hard and behave well’ as they will be the first two girls to leave Bethany and become independent. Amy has indicated that if they continue as they are now once the training is completed (in about 9 months) then she will have no problem in employing them full time.

Accrington College: 8 of our children have been offered 12 months tuition at Accrington and Rossendale College. 3 of our girls, Rehema Kasimu, Jesca James and Eva Joseph and 5 boys; Mwita Marwa, Laban Daniel, Evarist Shaban, Frank Willibard and Lucas Mtaki.. The girls will study child care and the boys will learn various building skills. Click here to see their photos.

Future Trips:
March 12 to 27th is our next trip for Roy Sagar, Jemma Turner and Graham Pountain.
Easter trip sees Eddie and Heather Jeffery together with their two children Alex and Rebekah along with Ian and Samatha Kelly, Tim Green, Kieran and Annmarie McManus.
April 30th to May 14 group consisting of: Graham Pountain, David Borland, John Brindle, Pat Bridge, Rebecca McCavana, Zoe  Richardson, Christina Langan,  Victoria Delaney, Sean Martin, Martin Palmer,

Summer Trips: Not yet finalised but we feel there will be three trips which will overlap, the first being the 9th July.
Building work: We now have three new building projects and two major repair items.
The largest is the building of a large multipurpose unit that can be used for both classrooms and accommodation. It will consist of three large rooms and 4 smaller rooms plus its own toilet block.
The second is a unit for full time married volunteers. We expect it will be used by Daniel and Eliada and baby Ruth. It will have its own shower room and toilet.

The third new work is a new male and female pit lattrine for members of our staff.

Fourthly we intend rebuilding a security wall around our raised water tank and UV filter which has slowly been eroded by rainfall over the past few years.

Finally our underground water tank which collapsed during recent heavy rainfall needs to have one wall rebuilt and we intend bracing the inside of the tank with timber so that it does not collapse again.

Children’s health: Our biggest problem is malaria which affects the children and staff from time to time and some of our children have recently been admitted to hospital for a short spell before they were able to recover.
Power shortages : Improving due to the recent rainfall
Monthly Supporters / Enquirers Meetings:
The dates for the next three meetings which are all on Sundays at 2pm and are:  4th March, 1st April and 6th May 2007.. They are held at the Hope Centre, Ossy. 2pm. Everyone welcome. (click here for details)

Staff changes: None
Pen pals group web site: This group continues to write to our children with letters of encouragement. Some pen pals are now becoming sponsors. Our visiting teams help write letters for the children. Click on the headings to see the photos:
Letters Log-bookClick here to see the web site and apply to join.

Sponsorship web site: Shana who runs our Penpals web site is also hosting a web site dedicated to helping those who want to know more about sponsorship.
Click here to join the sponsorship web site.


Sponsorship - Finance: As ever - finance is an ongoing concern. For those still considering sponsoring or co-sponsoring please see our list of names for sponsorship. Click here
To learn more about sponsorship we have produced a 4 page Question and Answer sheet (click here).

Money boxes: As you can see our total collected from the money boxes is over £4020 as of 11th December 2006.  Cathy Riley is still looking after the new money boxes, both issuing them, banking the proceeds and issuing receipts. If you want one email Bex and she will pass on your request to Cathy.

Satellite Internet: No further news

Possible bore hole: No further news. 

Mains Power: No news, no change. Still patiently waiting


And Finally: Thank you so much for being interested enough in our work to be reading this. Even more if by your donation you have made this work possible.

N.B. (Please note that this web site is accessible world wide and so we are very careful to only publish the bare facts as truthfully as possible. There are often circumstances upon which decisions have been made which we feel unable to publish. Please contact us directly if you need to know more)




Children’s Trip to UK - details and over 800 photos Click here

Support/Sponsorship Click here

Photos taken before, during and after
the children’s visit to the UK
(Sept 21st - Nov 6th) (many)
Thumb nail pics (27pics), Manchester Science Museum (47pics), Letters received (75pics)
Nyangeta’s new leg (6pics), Baby Ruth (22pics), Forever Angels (1 pic), 
Groups of children (43 pics), Singing Practice (73 pics),  Blackpool Zoo (142 pics),
Asda Accrington (9 pics), Fire Station - Accrington (50 pics), Ger-Hana (47pics)
Blackburn Rovers (24 pics), Gifts from America (7 pics), October 20th (36 pics),
Accrington College awards (15 pics), Bethany Hillside Nursery (19 pics),
Paul and Rebecca’s wedding (66 pics), September 28th (25 pics), Trutex Boxes arrive (4 pics)
St. Thomas’s Centre (43 pics), An English Playground (10 pics), Schools Work (92 pics)
B&Q visit (14pics), Ripon Cathedral (9pics), Central Gospel Mission, Nelson (27pics),
Local Primary School Tanz. (23 pics), Jemma’s Pics (23pics)
Children at work (32 pics), At Play - Tanz (14pics) Individual children (101 pics),
Water carrying (20 pics), Hapiness (2 pics), Manchester and Doha Airports (13 pics)
Arrival - Bethany (17 pics), Nairobi Airport 4hour wait (27 pics), Trampoline (18pics),
York visit (19pics)

Video footage:

Accrington College presentation (2.28mins - 28meg)

Photos taken on the July - August trip (over 800)

New outfits for the Bethany Choir (34pics), Doing the chores (16pics), Line dancing! (96pics)

English Lessons (34pics), Skipping and Games (25pics), Groups of Children (14pics)

Individual children (56pics), Donated percussion Instruments (9pics), Letters received (46pics)

Letters sent (3pics), Letter writing (67pics), New children (12pics), Return trip (52pics)

Singing practice (137pics), Sunrise - sunsets (70pics), Donated towels & clothes (11pics)

Trip -outbound (38pics), Views from the water tank (14pics), Visiting Teams (70pics)

Wildlife (20pics)

REPORTS by visiting group members: Cathy Riley, Rebecca Dyer, Karen Ross,

Photos taken on the July trip:

Letters received, (53pics), General interest (24pics)

Photos taken on the June-July Trip (over 750)

Dave at work (11pics), Amy Tew (15 pics),  New girl - Pendo (4pics)

Building work (30pics), Rhona and Stanley Burns (12pics), English Exams (32pics)

Stanley and Rhona’s photos (63pics), July Volunteer’s children (17pics),

Children working (21pics), Children Playing (29pics) Individual Children (79pics),

Groups children (16pics), Waiting for the bus (38pics), Sleepinn arrival (50pics),

 Sleepinn breakfast (24pics), Children with passports group A (12pics),

Children with passports group B (11pics), Children with passports group C (11pics),

Bus depot -1 (28pics), Bus depot -2 (20pics), Children and chips (17pics),

Letters received (43pics), Letter writing (33pics), Satellite Dish (11pics)
Children practicing dance and singing (95pics), Sunrise (34pics)


click here to download (low qualilty), click here to download (medium qualilty)


Photos from the April trip (over 550 photos)

New Children (13pics), Children at work (31pics), ‘100th Child’ party (50pics)

Building work-new classrooms etc. (28pics),  Letters received (34pics),

Letter writing (12pics), Joinery work (50pics), Plumbing work (26pics),
Teaching the children (English) (17pics), Children’s tooth care (9pics), Play (27pics),
Games (14pics), New seesaw (21pics), Singers (30pics), Visiting team (43pics),
Sponsored children (28pics), Groups of children (35pics), Individual children (50pics),

Members of the July Trip (4pics),  Sunrise/sets (29pics)
Reports on the trip by: John Brindle, Wendy Whitaker
and from a previous trip July 2005 by Gary Nolan

Photos from the March Trip (over 360) click on the various headings

Airport (15pics), Building work (29pics), Famine relief (8pics), Food! (37pics),
Groups of children (57pics), Individual children (88pics), Letters received (35pics),
Letter writing (25pics), Melissa (7pics), New children (22pics), Sunrise/sets (46pics)
Children working the land (22pics)

Photos from the January 2006 Trip (over 300) click on the various headings

New children (8pics), The visiting team (65pics), Villagers (105pics)

Inividual children (108pics), Groups of children (19pics), Activities (9pics)

Dining room (17pics), Singing (45pics), Awards (9pics), Letters (70pics)


money box -150pix

New songs to download
New video to download
Oh be careful little eyes what you see,  Kum Ba Yah, It’s me- it’s me O Lord standing in the need of prayer, Whim away - the lion sleeps tonight.

Click here to hear Eliada with the children singing:
‘Because He Lives’


Click here to download MP3
‘Our God is an awesome God’

Click here to download Video
‘Our God is an awesome God’


Click here for details
of the visit by 30 of the Bethany children to
England Sept-Oct 2006

Below are listed the videoed songs in WMV format.
Even though each one lasts no more than a few minutes they are large files and may take several minutes to download
(especially if you only have a dial-up modem).
Click on the title to download

Blessed Assurance

The lion sleeps tonight

Any dream will do (Joseph’s - dreamcoat)

I the Lord of sea and Sky

My Jesus my Saviour

Lord I lift your name on high

Click here for short
Video tour of the new dorm

dorm 2000202

Return to past news page

Click on pictures to enlarge


 65 children still need

Here are some of them
Click here to go to our sponsorship page

Elizabeth Samuel 200pix

All the Girls Pics January 2007

Ntare Zacharia -200pix

All the Boys Pics January 2007


Anna Samson with new hat!


Baby Ruth - asleep

Books - 200

New Exercise books


Preparing the Rice


Learning computer skills with visitors laptop

mariam 200

Singing Practice


Hapiness - going to school

Shamba - 200

Cultivating the crops

Countries wealth compared
For every £7 the Tanzanian government has to spend (GDP) on each person these are the figures for comparison







South Africa


United Kingdom


As you can see both Kenya and Uganda have nearly twice as much money to spend per person as Tanzania whilst the South African government has 17 times the amount to spend on it’s people.
The UK government has 44 times the amount to spend per person.
Click here to see  the source of these figures.