The School of St Jude is more than a school. It's a proven model to break the cycle of poverty, supporting families who would otherwise be left behind in the overall growth of the economy.
Our model has, and continues to be a circuit breaker, intervening through the power of education - impacting families, communities, and economic outcomes not just in the future, but today.
We call this Mawimbi. The ripples you create when you support St Jude’s.
We provide 100% free, quality education to 1,800 high achieving children from disadvantaged backgrounds in Tanzania. This includes covering costs of uniforms, school supplies, food, boarding and transport to set children and families up for success. We are 100% funded by charitable donations and sponsorships thanks to kind Australians and our supporters around the world.
Our families on average earn AU$1.20 per day which is the internationally recognised extreme poverty line. Our data shows that parents often have to borrow or sell assets to the tune of AU$8,000 per year to support one child’s education.
That debt or loss of asset is the equivalent to almost one and a half times what they earn per year. Can you see how the cycle starts?
That’s why St Jude’s provides 100% free education.
Mawimbi is a Kiswahili word meaning ‘ripples’, and like ripples, the impact of a St Jude’s scholarship spreads out beyond a child, beyond a family and into a whole community. What we do is education, but the Mawimbi is much more. So join us on this journey as we dive into the ripple effects of St Jude’s.
Supply a Class with Internet for a week
The internet is an important tool for the students to grow their knowledge in the classroom. St Jude’s provides reliable on campus internet for connected modern learning. Through your generous donation of only AU$50, you could supply an entire classroom with internet for a whole week!
Help support the salary of a teacher for one month
In Tanzania, the shortage of teachers for government schools leads to an average 65 teachers to one student ratio. At The School of St Jude, we strive to reduce this ratio to ensure the quality of our student’s education. By donating AU $100 today, you’ll be supporting the teaching costs of a student for one month and contributing to the quality education of the students!
Support the safe and reliable transportation of students
On average students have to walk around 12 KMs every day to go to school which can be a contributing factor to drop out. St Jude's fleet of 25 school buses are the key to ensuring that our students remain in school until graduation. By generously donating, you are supporting the safe and reliable transportation of students for an entire school term!
Over 20 years, our St Jude’s families have collectively saved AU$3.8M by having schooling costs covered by scholarships.
Through The School of St Jude's local suppliers we support an additional 3,000 people each year.
Our alumni are 12x more likely to go to higher education and have established enterprises that employ over 250 people.
Our data shows that for each year a student is at St Jude’s, their families on average improved their income by 15%. That’s not hope for the future. That’s not just hope of better job prospects. That’s real impact, today. Alleviating pressures at the core of the poverty cycle.