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 251 children at our Children’s home, our school and via fostering. Contact: Graham Pountain email: graham@pountain.net  Tel 01254 879694
April - May  2019 - 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 However, the old outdated Bethany main index page is here
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As an Atheist by Mathew Parris Full article click here
Other songs on Youtube - click on the title Imella,  Prayer song (Swahili),  Out-takes (funny?),  ‘Lord I lift your name on high’
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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.
News from Bethany April 2019 ( trip by Graham & Sheila Pountain with Glyn Morris )
An Aerial View of Bethany
Our new Chapel/Classroom is  now finished.  As well as a place to hold our services and assemblies it is also being used as a classroom. We have received a considerable donation from Hugh and Mary Fox to whom we are very grateful. Study tour - Choir trip:  Plans are in progress to bring another group of children over to meet our supporters.  As soon as we have dates we will contact all those people who have met the children on our previous trips to enquire about another possible visit. New showers for our little girls dorm: These have been built and should soon be fitted out with new shower heads and new tiles. Raising the roof;  Our 3 wing 60 bed little girls dorm is having a bit of a refurbishment, the ceiling is going to be raised to give more ventilation and solar power is to be added for when the mains power fails (which is often)! Crops: Our first Maize crop failed so we have replanted hoping for the rains to come to give us a good crop. Our Tractor has made this possible. Refurbishments: For the time being we are concentrating on refurbishing our site and giving it a good tidy up. Our old boys dorm which is no longer used is going to be converted into a store room and garage for our Toyota Landcruiser and our tractor,  A fresh coat of paint on all our buildings and solar power provided to various buildings to cope with the power cuts. Weather: On our arrival we were met with a violent thunder storm which damaged the roof of two of our buildings and dislodged some of our solar panels.  We were without mains power for three days Glyn Morris accompanied Graham and Sheila on this trip and enjoyed seeing the sites, helping with the teaching staff and the Sunday service. He also helped driving our minibus on the choir’s last trip and hopes to help with the trip later this year. Bethany Book: Our first order of 250 books have sold our and Joan McIvor our author is ordering another 500 which should be with us soon. Tea Towels: Jemma, one of our UK team members has had a large tea towel produced with pictures of many of our children displayed. The cost is £4 and available at our monthly meetings or from any UK team member. Summer Ball - Saturday 22nd June - sold out! Secondary School: No further progress - waiting for funds Court cases:  Eliada (ex Bethany administrator) along with two co- conspirators received 3 years jail sentences for their part in the kidnap case.  Daniel Bujiku (ex Bethany manager) has now been convicted of rape and starts a 30 year jail sentence.
This web page is in the process of being updated
An Assembly in our new Chapel
Above: Our prospective choir
Carrying water the traditional method
Photos taken during the April 2019 trip (Click on the link to load the Album) Below are photos of Bethany children who attend our Primary School and our older girls who go to the local government secondary School. (Photos of the local village children who attend our school and our older boys are not included.) Toddlers, Reception Class 1,  Class 2,  Class 3 Class 4,  Class 5,  Class 6 Class 7 Form 1,  Form 2,  Form 4 Other Albums of interest listed below Moving chairs and desks Donated Laptops Crops,  Assembly Groups of Children Play,  Individual children Chores Chapel/classroom Misc. photos
One of our STAR students
Above: Some ex-Bethany girls (Stella, Nkamba, Elizabeth and Debora) with Jesca, Sheila and Duttu
Above: Glyn Morris, Sheila, Jesca, Kulwa and Happiness with some of our children visiting the entrance to the Serengeti
Above: Mr. Ezekiel James a Bethany teacher with his donated laptop.
Nkamba and Duttu planning their wedding for May next year
Above: I spy
Above: Weeding between the Maize plants
New Videos - Update + three new songs - see below
Above: Moving class!