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#RightsMedia report: Fighting poverty through education

Gemma Sisia is an Australian woman who founded The School of St Jude in Arusha, Tanzania. Her work fighting poverty through education has turned this private, charity-funded school into one of East Africa’s most renowned educational institutions. St Jude is the patron saint of hopeless causes, which suits Gemma and her pursuit to educate the brightest and poorest in Tanzanian society.  

Canadian journalist Adam Bemma at The School of St Jude
Canadian journalist Adam Bemma at The School of St Jude.

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.