Two orphans from Tanzania who have been living in Oswaldtwistle are returning home to fulfill their dreams.
Emmakulatha Bujik, 23 and Jesca Paulo, 24, are part of the Bethany Project – a Christian charity which helps vulnerable people in Tanzania.
Despite English being their second language, Emmakulatha and Jesca both gained a First Class Honours in Education Studies at University Centre at Blackburn College, validated by Lancaster University, and will complete their PGCE in June. They are then returning home to run a Bethany Project school.
A third student, Sophia Joseph, has written a dissertation on her experience as an international student.
The trio have been living in Oswaldtwistle with Graham Pountain and his wife Sheila, who have been involved with the Bethany Project since 1991.
Graham said: “All three have worked really hard with their studies. They believe that coming to the UK is a great privilege and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that they are determined to make the most of.”
Jesca, who lived in a ‘Bethany’ house with 110 orphans in Tanzania, said: “Tanzania is a developing country and there is a lot of poverty. When we came to England, we were all a bit worried as it was all new but we want to make a difference.
“We want to return to Tanzania and help to change the country and hopefully we now can now. We want to train teachers of the future and make sure that East Africa has good teachers, a better education system and also change the character and values for the better.”
Visit www.bethanyonline.org to volunteer to spend two weeks in Tanzania teaching English and other subjects.