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Something old, something new – Sponsorship changes at St Jude’s

Our sponsorship packages are changing to better support our students’ education throughout their time at school.
Sponsors make us smile: Our students love the education their sponsors allow them to receive.
Sponsors make us smile: Our students love the education their sponsors allow them to receive.

In recent months we have been busy making important changes to our sponsorship program that make the journey even smoother for supporters of our school.

The streamlined sponsorship programs allow sponsors to remain on the journey with their sponsored student without experiencing a price change when their sponsored student reaches boarding.

Under the new sponsorship program there are now just three levels of student sponsorship: sole sponsor, co-sponsor and shared sponsor.

new sponsorship program

The previous structure had four levels, with a price change reflecting a student’s move to boarding.

old sponsor packages

School Founder Gemma Sisia said the change made it easier for supporters to stay on the journey with their sponsored student.

She said the prices reflected the balance between covering the cost of a student’s St Jude’s scholarship at a price sponsors from around the world can afford.

“Sponsors are the backbone of everything we achieve at St Jude’s,” Gemma said.

“When I think about how we’ve been able to come so far – achieving milestones we couldn’t have imagined when we opened our school with just three students 14 years ago – I only have one explanation: our sponsors.” 

“When our students are in need of new facilities, our sponsors answer the call. When we find promising students who need free education, our sponsors answer the call.” 

“We have been able to continue fulfilling our mission through extraordinarily tough economic times, because our sponsors continue to support our students through thick and thin.”

Want to help us fight poverty through education? Why not sponsor a student today!

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.