Does the world really need another non-profit? Will it make any difference in the big scheme of things if some people share what they have with total strangers that live 8000 miles away? What does it really matter, if 50 or 100 orphans, in a remote corner of Tanzania go to school or not. There will be more orphans. There will be more hunger, and decease. Why do we care? Why should you care?
The Vision Complex School was selected for further growth and development because it filled an unmet need in the local community. Its focus is vulnerable children, including orphans, those with disabilities and children from poor families. It meets in a rundown building and is staffed by underpaid teachers who care. It was founded in 2014 and currently has an average of 40 students.
Bethel Green Outreach purchased 14 acres of land so far, and the government has agreed to donate 2 more acres. We are making bricks, and currently building our first classroom building - part of a brand new school, with orphan housing and a farming operation that will make the school self-sufficient and be a part of a new vocational education effort.
Sounds great, you say. Glad to hear about it. But why should I care? It is easy. We care, because we found the village of Bunda and saw the needs of these overlooked kids. You care, because something brought you to this page, and now you are hearing about this place, and seeing the children, and their teachers. That is what makes us different from the animals. To know, is to care. To care is to do something for someone who desperately needs your help. Doing so will give you the satisfaction of being human, in the best possible way. Please partner with us, as we partner with Vision Complex School to make a difference in this overlooked part of the world.
Bethel Green Outreach has purchased 14 acres to build a new school. The land is green and productive.
Vision complex school was founded on June 2, 2014 in a village called Manyamanyama by Simeon Walia John, a businessman, and Happiness Fredrick, a teacher, to reach the children that had no hope of going to school. They found a four room abandoned rental house, and got permission to use it. Simoni slept in one room and used the other three as classrooms. Kedrick Julias was their first student and they taught just him for the first week.
There was a great need for education in this village, and parents who could not afford school started to bring their kids. None could afford any kind of tuition so they were all accepted for free. The task of education was hindered by the lack of facilities, food and clean water but the two pressed on, doing what they could. The number of kids rose to 40 within a month, and they had to refuse to accept more, because there was just not enough room.
The purpose of this school is to take care of orphans and extremely poor children -- that is why the principal and teacher, work so hard, not only teaching them, but hustling up enough food and supplies for them. They desperately needed money, so kept a lot of chickens and sold the eggs each day to pay the expenses.
In 2015, Simeon employed another teacher, Okelo Collins, and he put all his energy into seeking help, especially for the orphans, whose need was so great. The egg sales were just not enough. He really struggled to get help, to find another solution but failed, so continued to support the egg business, and they all made the necessary sacrifices to keep going.
In January 2016, all the chicken were stolen and Simoni was in a desperate situation. It was too much for Happiness Fredrick, and she left, but he still had one teacher and determined to keep working.
In February, the next month, Simeon met six Chinese tourists and he showed them the school. They made a donation, and he used it to buy some goats. Now they raised and sold goats to fund the school. Later this year he also met some Canadian students, and they donated some money. Then Tony from Bethel Green Outreach met with Simeon and they formed a long-term partnership. What in the world was Tony doing in Tanzania? Here is what happened:
"Lawrence, I just don't know what else to say that would encourage him. Any ideas?" Tony asked, walking into my office. He had been emailing back and forth with a paster in Bunda, Tanzania for years and his friend was discouraged, ready to quit.
Without a word, I swung around in my desk chair and jumped on Expedia, found a round-trip ticket to Nairobi and bought it. Tony had never been anywhere, did not have a passport and was painfully shy, but I felt a strong prompting to buy it anyway.
"Tony. The best way to encourage your friend is to go see him. I've bought you a ticket and I want you to go," I said, amused at the shocked look on his face. But to Tony's credit, despite a million reasons not to go, he went. He has been back many times, staying for a month or two each time, and has gotten to know this community, and more importantly, is trusted by them. Tony is quiet and unassuming, but has a heart for the people of Tanzania and has made a big impact already in so many ways.
Together, we formed Bethel Green Outreach, to grow and share that dream, that dream of connecting those in the world who have been blessed, with those who have not, in a healthy personal way. More important that contributions, school buildings and education is a chance to match our students and teachers with donors who will inspire greatness from our kids.
I have volunteered time and money all over the world with all kinds of nonprofits, from South America to Southeast Asia, from Romania to South Africa and I have seen efforts of every kind, good and bad. But, the kind that work best, are the efforts where individuals follow a saying I heard from Rick Warren.
"You may not be able to change the world, but you can change someone's world."
I found this opportunity, and it gave me great joy. I wanted to share that joy, and give you an opportunity to change one students world forever and at the same time, give you a chance to change your world. That is my passion and that is our mission. Nobody at Bethel Green takes a salary and every dollar donated gets added to our dollars to support the work. Of that, I give you my word.
As a result of our involvement, the school was finally able to leave the small house and rent a larger building owned by the government. We invested in a phone card business, that provides monthly support to the school. Now as we begin building our own buildings there will be so many more possibilities.
Vision Complex first started in this building with one teacher.
Tony, the man who started it all.
Now we rent a larger building from the government.
Frank Gobel, Consultant for Nation Building.
Frank served with Youth with a Mission for 15 years in many positions, planting 2 churches in the Philippines, establishing training centers in Taiwan, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, and serving as the government liaison in Singapore. He has served as Global Missions pastor with Santa Cruz Bible Church and Hill Country Bible Church. He has traveled to 37 countries sharing the Good News of the Gospel. He and his wife, Georgeann, have 3 sons and 6 grand children.
The school complex is the first building project, currently underway. Again, the cooperation and support of local leaders is a huge benefit. A local architect with experience designing schools and hospitals in the area has supplied drawings for a complete school complex, with three classroom buildings, kitchen and administration buildings. Foundations and walls are going up under the watchful eye of the local building safety inspectors. What could have been a trial, has become a blessing.
The local community has also promised us water and power, and we watch in amazement as pipes are being laid down our road. This is an opportunity for American's with a mission to impact a community with local support, instead of opposition. We must keep moving while the support lasts.
We are organizing our first team to go over and help. If you are interested, please contact us.
Bethel Green Outreach Phase 1 plans for the school complex.
The Mara region of Tanzania is found between Lake Victoria on the east and the Serengeti National Park to the west. Bunda is a farming community, with 92% of the population involved in agriculture fishing or the keeping of livestock. There are five cotton gins, two oil processors and one plastic manufacturer in the region. Bunda has not benefited from the tourism of the region due to transportation limitations.
There are 161 primary schools in the region, but only 29 secondary schools and 3 high schools. The literacy rate is reported by the department of education to be 60% for the region.
Only 48% of residents have access to clean water. Many of the measures of health are the worst in the region, including:
The number of orphans is clearly explained by this chart showing the cause of death of middle aged adults - parents. Unlike heart disease and cancer, AIDs is likely to strike both parents, and at a staggering rate.
The death rate from AIDs has been dramatically reduced in recent years, but still is the number one cause of death in this age group.
Bunda Township serves as the Bunda District's capital, and lies in the Mara Region in the United Republic of Tanzania. In 2007 the town had 37,000 inhabitants.