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Tanzanian gives students glimpse of life at St Jude

Felix

O’Connor Primary School’s ongoing partnership with the School of St Jude in Tanzania was put in full focus during a recent visit from a St Jude’s staff member.

For the past two years OPS teachers have been sponsoring teachers working at the school, which provides quality education for children living in poverty.

The decision to support St Jude came after principal Steve Delfs visited the school during a trip to Africa in 2012.

It costs between $600 and $700 a year to sponsor a teacher, which covers their wages and a few extras.

Last week the school received a visit from one of the St Jude visitor centre administrators, Felix Mollel, who spoke to the children about his country and his school.

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.