What an amazing way to start the new year.
You helped make 2015 one of our most successful years fighting poverty through education, and we can’t thank you enough.
Last year a record number of supporters helped educate Tanzania’s poorest and brightest students.
Our Sponsorship Appeal was the most ambitious in St Jude’s history with a lofty goal of 150 new sponsorships. Your response and generosity has been overwhelming, with 149 new sponsors changing the lives of our students, plus more than 200 donors helping to support the school in December alone.
Our supporter base in the United States also continued to grow in 2015, and in December made their largest impact ever, with our American Appeal raising more than $US89,000.
“It’s wonderful to start the year with news like this,” St Jude’s founder Gemma Sisia said. “We set some big goals and our supporters responded.”
Your generosity has created excitement among our more than 300 Tanzanian staff members and the international volunteers here in Arusha.
“You can feel the excitement around the campus,” Gemma said. “The kids are always excited, but our staff members and everyone around has a real spring in their step.
“We’ve got big plans in the coming months, with our Form 6s graduating and preparing to spend the year volunteering in their local government schools. This momentum is just what we need to make sure we reach more people than ever in 2016.”
Haven’t watched our Uniform Day video? See how proud parents respond to seeing their children in St Jude’s uniforms for the first time.