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
May trip 2007: John Brindle, Martin Palmer, Sean Martin, Tony Spurrell, David Boralnd, Graham Pountain, Pat Bridge, Victoria Delaney, Rebecca McCavana, Zoe Richardson and Christina Langan.
John Brindle together with Martin and Sean (helped by the 5 Tanzanian students hoping to attend Accrington and Rossendale College) made 12 bunk beds, 6 single beds, shelves for the classroom and library, kitchen base units etc. as well as the fixing of doors and windows for the new buildings, as well as many other maintenance jobs. Tony our plumber set out the drains for the new buildings as well as many maintenance jobs. Click here for pics: Volunteer Joiners, Joinery work accomplished, Building work progress, Report on the trip
Pat, Bex, Zoe and Beani helped by Victoria got to grips with supplementing the education our children receive at school. They spent many hours teaching English as well as organising games for the children to play. Victoria bought some books from Mwanza and completed a report on the facilities at Bethany (click here to view) as well as a report for the folks back home (Click here to view) Pat spent some time assessing the abilities and training the three Bethany girls (Jesca, Eva and Rehema) who are hopefully going to study at Accrington and Rossendale College this coming year. Click on the following to view: Pat and John’s report, Pics of Lessons, Games.
Graham and David spent time with the Tanzanian team going through the budget and building plans etc. Click here to see pics of the visiting team
April trip 2007: Those who went:- Eddie and Heather Jeffery together with their two children Alex and Rebekah along with Ian and Samatha Kelly, Tim Green, Kieran and Annmarie McManus.
Ian, Kieran, Tim and Eddie, were busy with the building work making doors and window frames for the two new buildings as well as general maintenance work and large security cupboard for the more expensive tools. Heather assisted by Annemarie and Samantha helped with the education especially the teaching of English. Whilst there they were visited by Louise, Pat and Dauda members of Agapao an organisation working in Uganda.
Click for: Photos of April Trip, Report by Heather Jeffery
Tanzanian team changes: We have changed the management structure at Bethany. Daniel Bujiku is no longer a member of the management team but has been promoted to a new position with authority over the team and he is now the Tanzanian co-ordinator directly responsible to the UK co-ordinator for the work of Bethany in Tanzania. We feel this will give a new focus to the team as certain tasks were not being accomplished - (e.g.general maintenance, the checking of material costs, quotes and the checking of the vehicle log books). It may be that in the future if members of the team are unable to accomplish these tasks then others will be given the responsibilities and present members will be relieved of their positions. Our other members of staff (care workers, cooks, site workers) are also being encouraged to fulfill their duties more conscientiously. Hard work and good behaviour (the Bethany motto) applies to all those working to fulfill the Bethany Vision.
UK team changes: Les Clegg has resigned as UK team member due to work commitments but has offered to help if ever we need him on a short term basis. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Les who has twice been our treasurer and has been our longest serving member.
Accounts: The 2005-2006 accounts audited and they can be downloaded here or from the ‘Financial Reports’ index on our home page. We are now in the process of preparing our 2006-2007 accounts
New children: We now have 119 children. 5 more children than we reported last time.
Click here to see the new children. Details will be entered into ‘Meet the children’ shortly.
Forever Angels - Mwanaidi and Neema: Both girls are doing well. Amy ( the manager at Forever Angels) has put them both on a programme which will lead to them being full time employees after about twelve months training.
Accrington College: 8 of our children who have been offered 12 months tuition at Accrington and Rossendale College and are now preparing for the visit by learning English etc. Daniel has obtained birth certificates and is now applying for passports. After that we only have the visas to obtain from the British High Commission in Dar-es-Salaam. Click here to see their photos.
Choir: Bethany children still spend many happy hours singing and dancing (mainly Swahili). The only distraction for the boys is football! Click here to see the pics.
Building work progress: We now have three new building projects and two major repair items.
Our new 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. Click here to see the pics
Full time married volunteers accommodation. We expect it will be used by Daniel, Eliada and baby Ruth. It will have its own shower room, toilet and three bedrooms.
Click here to see the pics.
New male and female pit latrine: Has for the time being been abandoned due to the amount of rain that keeps filling the hole we dig.
Children’s health: On this visit nearly all the children were well with only minor ailments to be dealt with
Children’s behaviour: On the whole very good. On this trip we had an incident with Phabian who decided he no longer wanted to go to secondary school. After spending a week at home we gave him an ultimatum. On Monday he would have to go to school or we would return him to a distant uncle in Mwanza ( who would be obliged to look after him and was known for being strict and even ruthless). After further discussions on Monday morning Phabian decided it was better to go to school than to be returned to his uncle. Sadly the African culture allows boys to be lazy and girls are expected to work hard. Our older boys have more problems keeping to the motto (hard work and good behaviour) and need to be constantly reminded.
Monthly Supporters / Enquirers Meetings: The dates for the next three meetings which are all on Sundays at 2pm and are: 3rd June and 1st July 2007.. They are held at the Hope Centre, Ossy. 2pm. 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: Nothing yet organised but we hope to have trips, October, November and December. Please email if you are at all interested
Summer Trips: Now finalised. Three groups are going out covering the period from 16th July through to the 7th August totaling 24 people. They are: Graham Pountain, Sheila Pountain, Lisa Barnes, Kate Martland, Annemarie Morgan, Graham Nightingale, Gemma Nightingale, Michael Dalby, Diane Dalby, Luke Dalby, Mark Harrison, Aimee Hardwick, Laura Marsh, Gemma Lowe, Paul Pountain, Rebecca Pountain, Stewart Hopkinson, Susan Hopkinson, Nickolas Hopkinson, David Shaw, Victoria Shaw, Karen Ross, Steven McLean and Andrew Wood.
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 £4930 as of 17th May 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
Possible bore hole: Some recent promises to call but no one actually visited as yet.
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.
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