often referred to as The Bethany FAMILY. The Bethany Project. Registered in Tanzania as an NGO (non government organisation) no. 8059. Administered in the UK by ‘The Northern Evangelical Trust’ ( Reg. charity 517995 ). The Bethany Project. WHERE.
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Population: 38 millionLife Expectancy: 45yrsHIV: 1.6million
Situated: 80 Kilometers from Mwanza(Tanzania’s second largest city)
20 Kilometers from Magu(nearest Market town with Internet access)
Bethany is on the shores of Lake Victoria in a very rural village of Yitwimila. We are in an area of no employment. Villagers survive on what they grow and depend on the two annual rainy seasons.
Tanzania, (along with 5 others)is one of the poorest countries in the world.
Bethany is a children’s home caring for over 140children
No mains water, electricity, gas, or drainage on site
Electricity provided by Solar panels enough for lighting, computer, radio and battery chargers. Not enough power for cooking, electric irons, kettles etc.
Water pumped (petrol and solar) from Lake Victoria and purified with a UV lamp
Drainage provided by septic tanks
Gas: non available other than bottled calor gas
Treatment of Children in Tanzania:
For the most part children are looked upon as possessions. Big families are better as the children will provide for you in your old age!
Children are taught to respect adults and older people in particular saying Shikamoo meaning I was your feet and curtseying to elders.