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Biannual Newsletter - January 2018

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2017 was another busy year for the BTP and 2018 promises plenty more to look forward to. This newsletter provides an opportunity for those being sponsored to provide updates on their achievements and aspirations.


Steven is due to complete his Form VI studies in May and is thinking hard about the future. This recent letter provides a glimpse into his study programme:

My school timetable keeps us busy in school. The timetable is different from other schools whereby we do go to school the whole week, I mean Monday to Sunday. We study normal day hours from 6:30 in the morning to 5:30 in the evening, followed by extra classes and night studies until 9:30pm were we return home.


Ngusa completed his Form VI studies in Mwanza in May and has since been working as a teaching assistant in a local school. He has loved his work at the school and now wants to become a nursery school teacher, which is not something he had previously considered. He is due to start his one-year training course in January before gaining full employment as a nursery teacher.


Yuseph is working towards his degree in Education and History in Dar. His 2017 Semester Two results are listed below and highlight a strong grade average.

Yuseph's Results


Sadicki is working towards his degree in Agriculture, Natural Resources Economics and Business in Dar. The course involves a series of field studies and Sadicki reports here on his first experiences:

As we are taking lectures in agriculture we conduct a practical every three weeks, so went to Nkasi District in Rukwa Region to see a maize plantation for a practical about mechanization in agriculture. It was a nice journey and it gave me a good opportunity to see large maize plantations and we did crop valuation which was really interesting. Our second trip will be Morogoro. We are going to visit Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA). Much is happening here at the university because itís the national university, so government leaders regularly visit us, and we get inspired by this.


Marco has now completed his degree and is applying for work experience in Arusha. He wrote to the BTP in December to thank all donors for their support over the years:

On 30th November it was my graduation. The graduation was great. I would like to say many thanks for your great support, and I would like to thank everyone who helped me in one way or another to reach this stage. With this message I have included my graduation pictures to share with you, my sponsors, to show my appreciation for what you have done to support me.

Marco at his graduation

Thank you

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the BTP. Every donation goes straight to helping the sponsored students with no funds spent on administration, salaries or other expenses. Marcoís story shows how direct the impact is on hard-working young lives. The BTP aim has always been to help young people to help themselves gain a position where they are self-sufficient, and many are looking forward to giving back to others to repay what has been done for them. 2018 will be another busy year of study, fundraising and sponsorship. All funds are very gratefully received.

Ed Beavington

Previous Newsletters

Jan 2018 - Letters from Tanzania
Oct 2017 - Looking forward to the new challenges in the new year
Jul 2017 - Sadicki gains a Division One in his Form VI exams
Apr 2017 - Mock Form VI Exam Results
Jan 2017 - Goodbye, congratulations and good luck to Donald
Oct 2016 - BTP ten years on....
Jul 2016 - Little Yuseph has come a long way and starts A Levels
Apr 2016 - The Banana Tree Project does make a real difference to street children's lives
Jan 2016 - Shija's new job in Mwanza garage - a real BTP success story
Oct 2015 - Doctors, engineers and wildlife management - the wonderful range of careers BTP is supporting
Jul 2015 - Witness now starting in the world of work
Apr 2015 - BTP student appointed Academic Prefect at Lake Secondary
Jan 2015 - A sextet of BTP mechanics
Oct 2014 - Multiple division I results for BTP students!
Jul 2014 - Exam results just in from Mwanza
Apr 2014 - Latest news from Mwanza
Jan 2014 - Witness is top of the class
Oct 2013 - Chacha appointed head of school!
Jul 2013 - The first set of BTP students spply to university
Apr 2013 - Lots more students enroled on lots more courses
Jan 2013 - Form II results are in!
Oct 2012 - Exams, exams and censuses
Jul 2012 - Grades, goody bags & glasses
Apr 2012 - The Banana Tree Project: supporting budding mechanics and prefects alike
Jan 2012 - The Banana Tree Project five years on....
Oct 2011 - Exam results are in and a few words from one of our students - Yusuph Bartholomayo
Jul 2011 - Things are coming along fast at Mt Zion
Apr 2011 - Further plans for Mount Zion Orphanage
Jan 2011 - School reports are in! Plymouth College joins in the fundraising
Oct 2010 - Report of the St Albans sixth formers Mwanza trip
Jul 2010 - St Albans sixth formers plan for Mwanza trip
Apr 2010 - Everything running smoothly in 2010
Jan 2010 - Banana Tree Project to support an additional Mwanza orphanage
Oct 2009 - School results for our Lake Secondary students
Jul 2009 - Banana Tree Project website now online!
Apr 2009 - Banana Tree Project sponsorship funds school meals for orphans
Jan 2009 - 15 new secondary students funded
Oct 2008 - Fundraising updates
Jul 2008 - An interview with Dr Andrew
Apr 2008 - An overview of progress
Jan 2008 - A new school year begins
Nov 2007 - Reflections a year on...
Jun 2007 - Exam results are generally impressive
May 2007 - Meeting Azizi and Ibrahim
Apr 2007 - An interview with William
Mar 2007 - An interview with Rajabu
Feb 2007 - Children start at school
Jan 2007 - Getting the Project up and running