The School of St Jude making a world of difference in Tanzania

Paula with a few of the St Jude's students
Volunteer Paula Selway with a few of the St Jude's students.

Australians from volunteering program The School of St Jude are in Tanzania providing education to underprivileged children to help break the poverty cycle.  

Founded by Melbourne resident Gemma Sisia, St Jude’s started with only three students in 2002 and now provides education to more than 1800 children.

Ms Sisia was inspired to create the program when, while volunteering in Africa, she realised education was the key to tackling poverty in these countries.

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