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Learning about The School of St Jude

Felix meeting up with supporters at St Mary of the Angels School in Guyra, NSW
Felix meeting up with supporters at St Mary of the Angels School in Guyra, NSW.

Felix started working at the school as a bus driver in 2005, and is now the visitor coordinator. The children were all mesmerized by the stories that Felix shared with us. He talked to the children about his family life, his Maasai tribe, about his life growing up in Tanzania and about the poverty that faces the people of Tanzania. 

Our students heard about the School of St Jude and how only 150 children are selected to attend each year. In order to be selected children must be academic and from a poor family, with only one child from any family being able to attend. It reminds us how lucky we are in Australia to receive such a wonderful education. 

At the end of his talk, Felix presented our school with The School of St Jude DVD, ‘My first day at the school of St Jude’ written by the students of the School of St Jude, and ‘St Jude’s’ a book written by Gemma Sisia. 

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.