Sept - Oct - Nov 2007

Photos from the September trip (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
(Captions with names of children have been added by Eva and Jesca)

October trip and some disappointing news:

David Borland and Graham Pountain went for the first two weeks of October. The main purpose was to encourage, envision and check on the progress being made in several areas. As reported in previous months some areas of the work were being neglected and some staff were unable/ unwilling to fulfill their duties to an acceptable standard. During the period when Daniel accompanied the Bethany students to England some of our staff took advantage of his absence to steal items from Bethany whilst others neglected their duties which enabled this to happen. The consequences are that two male care workers were dismissed, one nightwatchman and one senior staff member for amongst other things theft and dereliction of duty. Another senior member of  staff was given a final warning. We inform our supporters of both the good and bad news about Bethany due to our policy of transparency and openness. We are moulding the characters of the children we are nuturing and need our staff to be role models in both areas of behaviour and work.

Some encouraging news:

Our first maize crop was harvested whilst we were there - and this was a maize crop out of season irrigated by waste water from our kitchen and washing areas. (click here for pics). Daniel (our recently appointed co-ordinator) was also working on a project for introducing dairy cows to provide milk for our children.
Video Message from Emma: All the children gave a short video message about what was happening at Bethany to keep the 8 students studying in England informed. Emmakulatha organised the children and her message was totally unscripted - Click here to see. You can also watch this same message on Youtube and perhaps leave a comment. (Click here to view)

New Teacher: We have employed a ‘fourth form leaver’ to teach some of our younger children, her name is Christina Mussa and Eliada who is in charge of education at Bethany says she is doing well. (click here for Pics)

Bore-holes: We have finally met up with the men who drill the bore holes. They had already done a survey that showed that there are two suitable locations on the Bethany site that should produce adequate flows of water ( one hole 50 metres deep and the other 40 metres deep), one at the top of the site and one down by the lake. However we went to see a bore hole installed at the local school (where Emma attends) and found that it had been drilled without a survey in a location against the advice of the drillers and then found that the bore-hole would only produce ten buckets of water every 8 hours and the water was very salty and unsuitable for drinking, cooking or washing. (click here for pics).

Visiting Dentist: Ian Redfearn paid a short visit to Bethany and was able to check the teeth of many of the children who had not yet been checked. (click here for pics). (Click here for Ian’s report)

New children: We now have 125 children. Of which 8 are studying in England and 2 are training for jobs at Forever Angels

Choir: As always our children spend many happy hours singing and dancing (mainly Swahili).   Click here to see the pics.

Building work progress: We have three new building projects and two major repair items.
Our new large multipurpose unit is now nearing completion . Since our last visit all the doors have now been fixed, the tiles laid and whilst there Graham fixed a new fuse box for the whole complex plus the installation of two underground cables. There is just the pumbing to finish. The building can be used for both classrooms (4 small, 2 large and 1 very big classroon) and alternatively temporary accommodation if required (to sleep a maximum of 56 persons).  It has its own toilet block.  Click here to see the pics
Full time married volunteers accommodation. Initially to be used by Daniel, Eliada and baby Ruth. Again this is nearly finished. Just the final plumbing needs doing
Click here to see the pics.

New male and female pit latrine: Built but not finished. We need to connect a tap to the water supply for hand washing

New boys dormitory: So far we have a few hundred blocks made but no firm plans or drawings. We feel it should be built to accommodate 125 boys with two or three seperate toilet blocks and some smaller rooms for older boys. (Click here for pics of our present boys dorm)

Other work: We also need a dorm for our group of very young children ( click here for pics) as well as doubling the size of our dining room and girls dorm

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.

Students in England: All eight are working hard at their studies and four of them start their driving lessons this week. As well as their subjects they are studying English and computers. They would be happy to visit any groups etc. Email me if you are interested
Monthly Supporters / Enquirers Meetings: The dates for the next three meetings which are all on Sundays at 2pm and are:   4th November. 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, January 2008 onwards.

 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 £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. Still too expensive

Possible bore hole: See above

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

UK team changes: None


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

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 past news page

Click on pictures to enlarge


3 minute video of a message from Emmakulatha to the students in England
Click Here (9meg)


Sarah hair

Sarah - new hair do !



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

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

Ian Redfearn

Visting dentist Ian Redfearn

 72 children still need

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



washing - boys


Beckham - swing





New Outfit



delicious food

Rice and beans - delicious!