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Meet Felix Mollel

Felix is from the Massai tribe and lives with his wife Nembris and their two beautiful daughters, Emily (pictured) and Abigail.
Felix is from the Massai tribe and lives with his wife Nembris and their two beautiful daughters, Emily (pictured) and Abigail.

If you’ve ever visited St Jude’s and were given a tour of the Sisia or Smith Campuses, chances are a jovial Tanzanian man named Felix guided you in and out of the classrooms, around the playgrounds and sat with you in the outdoor dining hall. If not, you’re bound to have met him, as he’s the first person you see when entering our offices.

Felix has been a member of the St Jude’s family for the past eight years, first starting out as a bus driver with little grasp of the English language. Determined to work in the administration office someday, Felix would practice his English with the students while he drove them to and from St Jude’s everyday.

“I remember when I was driving a bus some of the students would give me homework, because I was trying to talk to them in English, but my English was very poor,” Felix says. “They tried to correct me and I was really reading the papers they gave me, so the next day I would not make the same mistake again.”

After working four years as a bus driver, Felix improved his English enough that it landed him a spot in the Visitor Team. He’s not only become one of the most recognisable and beloved faces at St Jude’s, but he’s developed computer skills and an eye for improving visitor relations with the hundreds of guests who visit St Jude’s every year.

“St Jude’s has really changed my life,” Felix says. “My English has improved and I’m very happy to work in the office.”

Through hard work and a will to achieve his goals, Felix has become a role model to the students and a cherished friend and colleague to the staff.

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.