January - February - March 2008

Photos taken during the January -February trip (over 500)

Agriculture (54 pics),  Dairy Cows (37 pics),  Toddlers Dorms -refurbishment (39 pics),

UV Filter (8 pics), Small solar water heater tower (78 pics),

Large solar water heater tower (92 pics), Groups of Children ( 40pics ), Sunday Service (26pics),

Individual Children (99pics),   Boys Portrait Pics ( 61pics),  Girls Portrait Pics (62pics),

Standard 1 Children (9pics),  Swinging Fun ( 20pics),  January trip volunteers (38pics),

Letters received (31pics), Danger children at work ( 81pics),  Views around the site (22pics),

Sunrise-sets (40 pics),  David’s Pictures (69pics), Eliada and Daniel’s new baby (4 pics),
(Captions with names of children have been added by Eva, Jesca and Rehema)

Extract from ‘Amy’s News’ from the Forever Angels web -site

January Trip some good news:

You may remember that on our last trip we had to deal with various unpleasant tasks including the dismissal of staff for theft, dereliction of duty etc. We are pleased to report that things have now changed for the better at Bethany. Daniel together with Eliada, Paulo and Yonna have been really busy reorganising how Bethany works and things are much better and much speedier progress is being made (see below).  On the trip were Rebecca Smith (Uk team member) who looks after our sponsorship programme, Wendy Whitaker who helped with the education especially English, David Borland our Treasurer and Graham Pountain (co-ordinator).


We now have several acres of land full of Maize which will be ready to harvest in a few weeks time (rain persisting).  We are also growing Carrots, Tomatoes, Sweet potatoes etc etc. Daniel has organised the children into teams for planting, weeding and harvesting etc and they are very enthusiastic, each team competing with the others to make sure their plants grow well. This is the first time we have planted maize on such a large scale and we hope that it will provide much needed food for the whole family.  It would be wonderful if one day we could be self sufficient in providing all our food requirements. Click here to see pics

Dairy Cows:

We now have several dairy cows a bull and three calves. Daniel tells me that Bethany is now self sufficient for our daily milk requirements. Again this is a new project which is succeeding where many others before have failed. Click here to see pics


When Daniel and Eliada recently moved into the new managers house it was decided that their old  accommodation next to the toddlers dorm should be refurbished providing two toddlers dorms each holding 10 toddlers each together with carer. Each unit has  a WC, wash basin and shower. The cost for this work has been in the region of £2,500  Click here to see pics
Bore-holes: We have now received our VAT exemption certificate for refund of VAT charged on the invoice for drilling the two bore holes.  Each bore-hole will cost approx £4,000 to drill and this will make a hole in our reserves. We are hopeful that the bore hole drillers will arrive in the next week or so to start work. One is to be situated down by the lake and can be used in conjunction with our solar pump and the other one is to be drilled next to our water tower which we be pumped via our generator or hopefully soon by mains electricity.

New UV Filter:

Our old UV filter had been repaired a couple of times once requiring a new capacitor. It needed a new UV tube which are about a metre long and difficult to transport via luggage. Because the unit was on older unit the tubes were more expensive to replace than the newer tubes used in the newer units. We decided to buy an up to date UV filter together with 3 new tubes (much shorter) and this was duly fitted soon after our arrival. The UV sterilisers all the water that passes through it and makes it safe to drink although it doesn’t actually take anything out of the water itself (just kills anything in it). Click here to see pics.

Solar water heaters:

On this trip we finally got round to constructing two steel towers to hold our two solar water heater panels and storage tanks. The steel was purchased in Mwanza transported via our Land Rover to Magu where our friendly steel worker cut the steel into lengths hand drilled all the holes so that it could be bolted together. Then they were transported to Bethany where the workers and children bolted them together and hoisted them into the air and placed the storage tank and heater panel on the top. With the help of Paulo we managed to connect the system together putting a tap at the bottom of each tower for the provision of buckets of scolding hot water. The smaller of the units is sited next to the managers house and will shortly be connected to give hot showers and washing facilities.  The other larger tower is next to the Multi purpose building providing hot water for washing and for showers. Click here for pics of large tower.  Click here for pics of smaller tower I

New children: We now have 131 children. Of which 7 are studying in England.  Two of our young people Mwanaidi and Neema have finished their training at Forever Angels and are now employed full time.  Amy (manager at Forever Angels) has been very pleased with them and has offered to train four more of our girls starting in March this year. They are Angelina, Minza, Immakulata and Hollo. Click here to see and extract about Bethany written by Amy from ‘Forever Angels’

Bethany Students in the UK.

Sadly we have to report that Andrew Lucas Mtaki was returned to Bethany before completing his 12 month study course. Andrew had found it increasingly difficult to adjust to the way of life in the UK. He repeatedly ignored instructions on how he should behave in many areas and it was decided unanimously by the UK team that he should return. He is now back at Bethany readjusting to the fact that he wasted his opportunity and settling down to helping working on the land. We are considering the options as to his future. Mwita, Frank and Evarist are progressing with their studies as is Labani. We have a few minor issues with behaviour but nothing significant. Rehema, Eva and Jesca appear to be doing well in their placements and at College, working hard and behaving well but again we have had some issues to resolve.

Choir: Here they are at one of our Sunday services held every week at Bethany.

 Click here to see the pics.

Building work progress: We have three new building projects and two major repair items.
New large multipurpose unit We have just finished installing a solar water heater and storage tank for this unit. Click here to see pics
Manager’s House. Presently used by Daniel, Eliada , Ruth and baby Noela. This unit has had a smaller solar water heater and storage tank installed
Click here to see the pics.

New male and female pit latrine: Now completely finished together with water tap for hand washing. Click here for pics

New boys dormitory: We now have the drawings for the new boys dorm. It will hold a maximum of 148 boys. The four stakes are in the ground marking out where it should be sited. This will double our accommodation capability from 130/140 to over double that number. So far we have about 1,000 blocks made and before we start we have applied for VAT exemption for a new diesel concrete mixer and new block making machine. The plans show two toilet blocks and one shower block, 7 dormitories and 2 smaller rooms for older boys/ storage. David our Treasurer has estimated the cost to be about £80,000 which we haven’t got so we will build as funds allow. Click here to see the plans  (Click here for pics of our present boys dorm)

New Toddlers dorm: We have decided to convert Daniel and Eliada’s old accommodation and adjoining rooms to make a two dorm toddlers unit as described above under refurbishment.
Click here to see the two new units

Children’s health: On this visit no one was admitted to hospital and nearly all the children were well with only minor ailments. (malaria, infections, coughs and colds etc.).

Children’s behaviour: No problems at present with our children at Bethany Tanzania.
Monthly Supporters / Enquirers Meetings: The dates for the next three meetings which are all on Sundays at 2pm and are: 2nd March, 6th April and 4th May 2008 . They are held at Christ Church Hall, Christ Church Street, Roughlee Road, Christ Church Square, Accrington Lancashire. BB5 2LU. Everyone welcome. (click here for details)
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 received, Click here to see the web site and apply to join.
Future Trips: See details on our home / index page.

Please email if you are at all interested


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 £6,230.08 as of 03/12/2007. 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. Still too expensive

Possible bore hole: See above

Mains Power: There has been a change at our local Tranesco Office and the Office manager has been to see us and says we should call at the office next month when he hopes he may have news that we only then have to wait a month or so before work will start on bringing power down from the main road to a new transformer where they will be able to connect us.

UK team changes: None.

Tanzania team changes: None - but a new baby for Daniel and Eliada. Click here for pictures


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 from the September trip 2007 (over 500)

Mwanza Lion’s visit ( 3pics), David’s Pics ( 30pics), New Manager’s house (14pics)

Around the site (12pics), Beans and Rice! ( 16pics), Old Boys dorm (17pics),

Tint Tots dorm (13pics), Letter writing ( 28pics), Local school bore-hole (4pics)

At Play ( 19pics), Agriculture (23pics), New Multi-purpose building (16pics),

Education ( 6pics), Letters received ( 85pics), Groups of children (26pics)

 Singing and Dancing ( 62pics), Individual children (81pics), Chores (59pics)

 Ian Redfearn (15pics),   Sunrise/sets (34pics), Best Photo’s (36pics)

Report: by Ian Redfearn

Latest News September 2007: Our 8 students have now just finished their first day at Accrington and Rossendale College. Here are the latest pictures:
Welcome for Students at Accrington and Rossendale College (65pics)

Day out to Lord’s House Farm (30 pics)

A walk in the countryside (72 pics)


Photo’s from the July-August trips: (over 600pics)

Mkula Orphanage (3pics),  Letter writing (43pics), Rounders (36pics),

Letter received (44pics), Skipping (23pics), Play (21pics), Football (8pics),

Crop growing (38pics), Groups of children (36pics), Lessons (13pics)  Chores (64pics),
New Children (9pics),  Individual Children (71pics), Singing Practice (45pics),

Building progress (26pics), Visitors (52pics), Views (39pics), Thumbnails (40pics),
Minibus (9pics), Accrington College students (8pics)

Photos from the May trip (800+)

New wedge-wood Shoes (16 pics),  New children (11 pics),  New bike (12 pics),
Volunteer joiners (120 pics),  Chores (28 pics),  Building work progress (29 pics),
Letters received (16 pics),  Lessons (77 pics),  Games (15pics), Play (25 pics),

Singing practice (126 pics), Groups of children (45 pics),  Individual children (65 pics),
May visitors (65 pics),  Village school (38 pics), Views (120 pics),

Last day at Bethany - all children with work done (67 pics)

Reports from May trip:

Report by John Brindle and Pat Bridge,  Report by Victoria Delaney,

Education facilities (as of May 2007),
Photos from the April trip (52): Assorted (52 pics)
Report from April Trip:
by Heather Jeffery

Pictures from the March 2007 Trip (over 500)

Maize harvest (40 pics), New Children (8 pics), Letters received ( 51 pics),
Letter writing (17 pics),  Individual children (50 pics), New multipurpose block (29 pics),
New volunteers accommodation (22 pics), Choir (58 pics), Children playing (20 pics),
Children at Work (24 pics), Food! (22 pics), Groups of children (22 pics),
Jemma and Roy (25 pics), Jemma’s (51 pics), Roy’s (66 pics),

Sky (47 pics)

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)

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)


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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)


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.

money box -150pix

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 to download MP3
‘Our God is an awesome God’

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

Click here for short
Video tour of the new dorm

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

Return to history index page

Click on pictures to enlarge


For seven years of past news reports  click here

boys dorm plan v2 - 200pix

Plans for new boys dorm to accommodate 148 boys.
click here for larger plan

nkamba - 200pix

A time to plant

solar WH small 200pix

Solar water heater tower

Sarah - 200pix

Elizabeth’s famous smile

We have  joined ‘JUSTGIVING’
which should be a great help for those thinking of raising money through sponsored events
(e.g. Marathons etc.)
Click here for more information

 - YouTube
We have now included some short video clips of the children on YouTube for all to see:
Message from Emma

Oh be careful little eyes
Any dream will do
The lion sleeps tonight
Choir Practice
Spring Harvest 2004
Celebration of new dorm
It would be really helpful if supporters would rate and comment on the videos via Youtube

 72 children still need

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

washing 200pix

Ruth the soap holder

off to work-200pix

Ready for work

brick moving 200

Block moving

Gates - 200pix

Swinging on the gate

block moving -200pix