August September October 2008

Photos from the July 2008 trip (over 300)

Parachute Fun (11pics), Serengeti trip (25pics), Jesca’s village (38pics),
Various (10pics), Letters (48pics), Eva’s boys (12pics), Returned students (2pics),
Chores (33pics), Prospective students (7pics),  Individual children (15pics),

 Choir Practice (34pics), Groups (22pics), Volunteer teachers (12pics),
Volunteers (36pics)


July trip more good news:

Two groups came in July - August. On the 11th July 9 volunteers (unpaid) made their way to Bethany - they were: Isabel Jones and her two daughters Martha and Rachel, Carole Jones and her daughter Natalie, Claire Bates, Helen Moulding and Graham and Sheila Pountain. Isabel looked after the daily programme with different groups looking after different classes etc. We kept some of the children off school so that they could take advantage of the English being taught. A report of the activities and experiences of the group will be published here as soon as I have it.

The second group group of volunteers arrived early Wednesday morning the 25th July: Elaine, Scott and Elanor Smith,  Jonathon, Gillian and Jennifer Bates, Callum, Claire and Catriona Jones and Naomi Tyson. This group were settling in as the first group left a few days later. Again we hope to link to their report once they have returned.

Click here to see our volunteers


The rainy season has come and gone and nothing is growing anywhere other than at Bethany. Daniel has organised two large areas of land for growing maize (our of season). We are using water from the kitchens and water from the outflow of the septic tanks and we hope to be able to harvest the crop in about 6-8 weeks time. Click here to see pics


Daniel continues to organise the planting of various plants around the site and the children are keen to help and care for them

Dairy Cows:

Still doing well and providing us with some milk.


This is now complete and all the refurbished units have been tiled. Whilst this is relatively expensive initially they should last a long time and be very hygienic. Click here to see pics of one of the four refurbished units that Eva is in charge of with her boys
No further developments

New Children: We have some new children but I don’t have details at the moment


The good news is that we have had a report that Lufuta has been seen alive and so hope that the story we received about his murder is untrue. Ally is still awaiting trial. Prisca, Paskazia and Christina’s mother who is HIV has become violent and mentally unstable - she came to Bethany shouting and demanding her children back. She was allowed to take them but since then we have had a visit from their grandmother who is very old and sick begging us to take them back as their mother has left them with her to look after and disappeared. Another woman with a good job in Mwanza appeared interested in looking after two of our girls she said she was related to but as yet no arrangements have been made. Sometimes relatives see the girls as housegirls and stop their education so that they can stay at home and look after the babies and other family members. Some expect us to support them financially if they take them. We hope this is not the case in this instance.

Bethany UK Students returned to Bethany

On the 6th July our 6 students returned to Bethany. They have all settled back into life at Bethany if only temporarily. Rehema will start her new job as a teaching assistant at the end of August (God willing) and we are busy trying to find the boys jobs - and we are very hopeful. Lucas got himself a temporary job working for a local builder and gave all his earnings to Bethany.

Girls at Forever Angels: Mostly doing well - Amy from Forever Angels is still pleased with them. However Daniel tells me that Mwanaidi has started making friends with people who do not share the same values as Bethany and Minza is also following her lead. Please pray for them as it would be sad if they lost the opportunity they have been given. Angelina is doing particularly well and some people are considering sponsoring her on a secretarial course.

New Students for the UK. We have three new students visiting the UK and attending Accrington and Rossendal College and one returning student. There were to be 4 new students but unfortunately it was decided that Rwechnugura should not come as his behaviour had recently been inappropriate. Those coming are Moses Shibandiko who comes highly commended by Daniel as a very thoughtful considerate young man and he will be studying accounts for one year at the College.  We are looking for accommodation for him - if you know of anyone who might help please contact us. The three girls who are coming are China, Emma and Jesca who is returning. They will hopefully be studying Child Care level three for two years.  Thankfully we have accommodation for the girls. Click here to see their photos

Eva settles back at Bethany: Eva now has a full time job at Bethany as a carer looking after a group of younger boys. She is also hoping to start teaching some of the younger children soon. Eventually we hope she will follow in Rehema’s footsteps and become a teaching assistant.

Click here to see Eva with her boys

Choir: Still enjoying practicing hard and looking forward to visiting England again next year if funds permit. Click here to see their pics

Building work progress: Two major projects. To firstly double the size of the dining room and then to build a new boys dormitory.

New boys dormitory: As you may already know we have the drawings for the new boys dorm. It will hold a maximum of 148 boys which will double our accommodation capability from 130/140 to over double that number. 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).

Dining room and Kitchen: We now have the plans drawn up FOC by Mark Ruth. There are a few minor amendments but the overall dimensions 28 metres by 11 metres will remain the same.

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 (except Rwechungura) at Bethany Tanzania.
Monthly Supporters / Enquirers Meetings: The dates for the next 5 meetings which are all on Sundays at 2pm are: 3rd Aug, 7th Sept,  5th Oct,  2nd Nov,  7th Dec 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. We are always hopeful that some pen pals will one day become sponsors. Our visiting teams help write letters for the children. Click on the headings to see the photos:
Letters received,

Visit to Jesca’s village: On Sunday 20th July we decided to take Jesca back to her village which she has not visited for over two and a half years. Jesca has a sister who she has not seen for a long time and a brother she has not seen for many years. Jesca met the neighbours who looked after her for a short time before she came to Bethany and also her sister. There were many tears as Jesca thanked them for finding Bethany for her and told them of her experience in the UK. Click here to see the pictures.
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 £8,460.44 as of 25/05/2008. 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: No news - still waiting but they say our job is next!!!!!!!!!!!

UK team changes: None.

Tanzania team changes: Silas and Rebecca our new live in couple are both doing well.


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)


Maize 400

Watering the Maiza

 - YouTube
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

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

Support/Sponsorship Click here

Photos taken during the April - May trip 2008 (over 400)

Chores (64pics), Hippings School (6pics),  Letters (51pics), Computers (10pics),
Assembly and Presentations (12pics), Choir Practice (109pics),  Building work (30pics),

Volunteers (83pics), Girls at Forever Angels (2pics),  Games (6pics), Groups (27 pics),

Individual Children (69pics), New girls (6pics)

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

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)


money box -150pix

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For seven years of past news reports  click here

 - YouTube -
Video July 2008
Visitor’s Choir - John3:16
Visitor’s choir- Thank you
Bethany choir song
Parachute fun
Soon and very soon
Oh be careful little eyes
Kum Ba Yah

Video May 2008
Sunday Service song

Our God is an awesome God

Sunday Service fun time
Eva Joseph teaching
How great thou art

It would be really helpful if supporters would rate and comment on the videos via Youtube

Eva's boys 200

Eva’s boys

Jesca and sister 200

Jesca meets her sister

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

Prospective students 200

Students for England

Carole 200

Carole helping with the letters

planting 200

Planting new crops

boys dorm plan v2 - 200pix

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

China and Eunice 200

China and Eunice

Emma and Esther -200

Emma and Esther

 72 children still need

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

Edina 200

Edina with letter

Claire 200


washing 200

sharing the washing

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.

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


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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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