Five years ago, St Joseph’s Primary School teacher Marta Cummings launched a fundraising effort with an eager group of grade 1 children, aiming to make a difference to the lives of children in Tanzania.
Since then, the Prahran resident has expanded the program to include the whole school.
The school community – including staff, students and parents – has been sponsoring Elifuraha Petro (nicknamed Ellie), who attends the School of St Jude in Tanzania.
“The reason I got involved with St Jude’s, in particular, is because the girl who started it is a young Australian – Gemma Sisia. I was really interested in her story and the school looked amazing,” Ms Cummings said.
“I originally started the sponsorship with my little class of grade 1s. We started growing and selling herbs. From there, the sponsorship effort grew and more classes started coming on board.”