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New Zealand teachers are helping fight poverty through education

ESL teacher mentor Di Ward with St Jude's staff
ESL teacher mentor Di Ward with St Jude's staff.

The school bell sounds and hundreds of Tanzanian children pile out of their classrooms as laughter, singing and shouting fill the air. More than 1650 children from impoverished backgrounds from the Arusha region, in Northern Tanzania, are relishing in a free, high quality education at The School of St Jude. 

They’re now closer to realising their dreams compared to those studying in a Tanzanian government school where there are limited resources, overcrowded classrooms and no meals. At St Jude’s, these children are challenging themselves to escape a life of poverty and are focused on becoming doctors, teachers or leaders in their field. 

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.