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Determination drives Felix’s education

Felix Mollel applied six times before he got a job as a bus driver.

He was only as educated as the kids he drove on the school route near Arusha in the central African nation of Tanzania.

But the job wasn’t enough. Felix wanted more, despite already being one of a lucky few to find work in a land where jobs are rare.

Students on the bus started teaching him English — something he needed if he wanted to get a job in the school itself.

This is the beginning of Felix’s story and the rest he can recall in perfect English sitting inside a warm Grassmere classroom yesterday.

“I was determined to work my way up. It was very hard for me to get a job,” he told The Standard.

It just so happened the school where Felix found work was opened by an Australian woman in 2002. It had just three students. There are well over 1800 there now.

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  • 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.
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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.