Publications about the mission

See our recent article in the Minnesota Star Tribune.

Click on “Minnesota Star Tribune” to read the article.

See our recent article in the Minnesota Star Tribune.

Click on “Minnesota Star Tribune” to read the article.


A nice article about the school was written by one of our local newspaper journalists, Vonny Rohloff. You can see the article at this link: “Roseville woman plants flower that blooms into a school in Africa


The mission to build this school grew out of my casual meeting of a young man, Emmanuel Boaz, in a gift shop while on vacation in Tanzania in January 2017. Click on the video below to learn more.  An amazing story with an even more amazing result, Bethany Pre & Primary School, one year later!


By Bethany H., first-time traveler from Roseville, MN

Bethany noticed that Emanuel wouldn’t smile with his teeth showing when they first met.

In January 2017, while on an Overseas Adventure Travel trip, I met Emanuel, who was working in a gift shop at the Ngorongoro Farm Valley Lodge in Karatu, Tanzania. I only needed to buy a postcard stamp, but we ended up talking for 45 minutes. I could see there was something special about him. He told me about how he was almost done with training to become a safari guide, but he put that on hold when he came upon this job at the gift shop that allows him to send money home to help pay for his younger brother’s education. Emanuel was so friendly and engaging, but he covered his mouth when talking and he would not smile with his teeth showing. There were yellowish areas on his teeth, and I could tell he was self-conscious about how they looked. I later discovered that, like many Tanzanian people, his teeth were affected by fluorosis at a young age, causing the pitting and yellowing; at age 25, he had never been to a dentist. I decided I had to help him get the smile he deserved. I had faced issues with my own teeth growing up, so I knew how he felt.

Two months later, I found a dentist in Arusha at the dental clinic Divinegrace. Dr. Arlene was indeed divine grace. Emanuel needed a root canal, two crowns, and six veneers, but now his smile is big and bright!

Emanuel is all smiles after his dental work.

I still wanted to help Emanuel finish his safari guide training, but instead he asked if I could help his dad with the education of his youngest brother, Daudi. I wanted to say no, as I really wanted to help Emanuel, but then felt that if I helped his brother, I was in a sense helping him. So I said yes, and his fourth grade brother, who Emanuel describes as “clever,” is enrolled in a private school that is giving him a quality education.

As I learned more about Emanuel and his family, he told me of his brother-in-law, Ojwang, who has land in their village. He has always had a dream to build a school or orphanage on the land. At first I thought this was more than I wanted to help with, but then Emanuel’s dentist, Arlene, heard about Ojwang’s dream and she wanted to help. So I decided I would help too! I had a fundraising plant sale in May, with all proceeds going towards the start of the school. I had a wonderful outpouring of support. We have enough money for the first school building, washroom, and lunch room. There will be two more buildings built, though, to accommodate all 1-7 grades. Therefore more money is needed, but I believe it is meant to be! Pieces keep falling into place. I feel that I did not ask for this project, or as the expression goes, “I’m not driving the bus,” but I was called by God to help these children. I love children, being a pediatric nurse in bone marrow transplant for 31 years now, and seeing them gain a quality education early in life is priceless. I also believe God’s hand is in this project, and will continue to be with us as we move forward.

To make this mission even more special, Emanuel and his family want to name the school after me. I am very honored by this. I did not ask for this name, and kept suggesting he think of other names, but they decided Bethany Pre and Primary School would be the name.

Everything about the trip was perfect, including our tour guide, Ishmail Mshana. When I decided I wanted to sponsor Emanuel from the gift shop, Ish was incredibly helpful. Without his help, I likely would not have gone forward with helping Emanuel, because I would not have known his story. Ish miraculously knew Emanuel’s uncle, and confirmed that he was a good kid from a poor family. I truly believe this all was meant to be. Ish was kind enough to let me deposit money into his bank account, and then Ish went to purchase Emanuel’s computer, and take money to the dentist office as down payment on Emanuel’s dental care. Ish took time out of his day, between trips, to do this for me. I understand Ish has now moved up in the O.A.T. corporation, and justly, he should. He was recently at a training seminar in Boston! This was his first time to the United States! You have such wonderful staff in your organization! They truly go above and beyond to make every guest have the most amazing experience!

Thank you for any support you can give in this mission! It will make a difference. If you are interested in donating, visit my website here: www.HeartToCareTanzania.org



In January 2017, while on an Overseas Adventure Travel vacation, I met Emmanuel, who was working in a gift shop at the Ngorongoro Farm Valley Lodge in Karatu, Tanzania. I only needed to buy a postcard stamp, but we ended up talking for 45 minutes. I could see there was something special about him. He told me about how he was almost done with training to become a safari guide, but he put that on hold when he came upon this job at the gift shop that allows him to send money home to help pay for his younger brother’s education. Emmanuel was so friendly and engaging, but he covered his mouth when talking and he would not smile with his teeth showing. There were yellowish areas on his teeth, and I could tell he was self conscious about how they looked.  I later discovered that, like many Tanzanian people, his teeth were affected by fluorosis at a young age, causing the pitting and yellowing; at age 25, he had never been to a dentist. I decided I had to help him get his smile back. I had faced issues with my own teeth growing up, so I knew exactly how he felt.

I had his story checked by our safari guide, Ishmail Mshana. He personally became involved in assisting me. Two months later, I found a dentist in Arusha at the dental clinic Divinegrace. Dr. Arlene was indeed divine grace. Emanuel needed a root canal, 2 crowns and 6 veneers, but now his smile is big and bright!

I still wanted to help Emmanuel finish his safari guide training, but instead he asked if I could help his dad with the education of his youngest brother, Daudi. I wanted to say no, as I really wanted to help Emmanuel, but then felt that if I helped his brother, I was in a sense helping him. So I said yes, and his 4th grade brother, who Emmanuel describes as “clever,” is enrolled in a private English speaking school that is giving him a quality education. Our charity will not be drawing any funds for Daudi’s education. That is our family’s personal sponsorship responsibility.

As I learned more about Emmanuel and his family, he told me of his brother-in-law, Ojwang, who inherited land from his family in their village. He has always had a dream to build a school or orphanage on that land.  At first I thought this was more than I wanted to help with, but then Emmanuel’s dentist, Arlene, heard about Ojwang’s dream, and she wanted to help. So I decided I would help too!  I had a fund raising plant sale in May of 2017, with all proceeds going towards the start of the school. I had a wonderful outpouring of support. Between the plant sale, and a music concert two months later, we were able to send $19,000 to start construction on the first school building, and washrooms. We have since received additional financial support that has allowed us to buy a school bus, and nearly complete the second school building that will accommodate the additional grades in the coming years. The first school building opened its doors on January 8th, 2018, with three classes: nursery, kindergarten and first grade, 47 children in all. We are now working on the Kitchen & Community Center building. I had a 2018 plant sale and we raised $20,551 that will finish the second school building and build the kitchen, which will be inside the Community Center. More money is needed to complete this project.

I believe this school mission is meant to be! Pieces keep falling into place. I did not ask for this project, and at times I feel, as the expression goes, “I’m not driving the bus,” but I was called by God to help these children. I love children, being a pediatric nurse in bone marrow transplant for 32 years now. I love seeing children be happy, healthy, and gain a quality education, and that is what I am seeing at Bethany Pre and Primary School. I also believe God’s hand is in this project, and will continue to be with us as we move forward. Your prayers and financial support are asked for as we continue to grow.

That is where you can help! 100% of donations will be used for completing the Kitchen and Community Center, along with providing scholarships to children who need assistance and supporting our outstanding teachers. Please consider helping in this worthy cause. It takes a village to raise a child, and we can do it!

To make this mission even more special, Emmanuel and his family named the school after me. I am very honored by this. I did not ask for this name, and kept suggesting he think of other names, but they decided Bethany Pre and Primary School would be the name.

Thank you for any support you can give in this mission! It will make a difference.

I would also like to thank my wonderful family. They all have taken on this project as well. My husband helped start the non-profit, helped with the plant sales, and continues to help on the business end. My oldest son, Joseph, helped create this beautiful website, and helped design our logo as well. My middle son helped with the July 2017 musical fundraiser, and my youngest son made a promotional video for the charity. This project would not be possible without my entire family.

Thank you!

Bethany Husby

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Emanuel after his dental work. It is amazing the confidence a nice smile can give someone!

Please see the drop down: “Fundraising efforts” to see the work that was done to make this dream come to fruition. It is truly amazing!