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Casino librarian books trip to Tanzania

HELPING HAND: Casino librarian Taryn Kelly with some of the kids at The School of St Jude in Tanzania
HELPING HAND: Casino librarian Taryn Kelly with some of the kids at The School of St Jude in Tanzania.

A CASINO librarian has collected enough books to fill a shipping container and is now hoping to raise $10,000 to build a library to house them in a remote Tanzanian village. 

Taryn Kelly worked at a school in Tanzania in 2005 and since her return to Australia in 2007 she has been collecting books to send back. 

“When I was there every-one was always asking me for books. They are desperate for them,” she said. 

Ms Kelly described the village of Uwiro as “extremely isolated” and said most of the people there are subsistence farmers. “But there are some job opportunities if they are able to speak English, which is why they are so desperate for books,” she said. 

To make sure parcels arrive and incur no expenses for the school

  • Please do NOT register or insure any mail as it costs the school at least USD $25 in taxes at our end.
  • Mark all parcels as being “second-hand goods” or “personal gifts”.
  • Ensure the description of goods written on the parcel matches the actual items inside as customs and postal staff frequently inspect contents of parcels.
  • Please label all parcels clearly with the first and last name of the recipient and your full name.
  • Please put the value of the package at no more than US$10 (the lower the better).
  • Ensure that your parcel is LESS THAN 2KG. We have been advised that parcels less than 2KG are technically tax-free regardless of content, but this is not guaranteed by all postal workers.
 

Tax-free items include books, personal goods and anything that is not new. Used goods, used clothes, etc…(please remove labels and packaging from all items before sending them)

Keep in mind that parcels sent by airmail can take up to four months to get here (sea mail is even longer – often 12+ months!), so don’t worry if it takes a while for us to let you know the parcel has arrived.