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Watch Our New Students Receive A Life-Changing Gift

We have just witnessed the excitement of the happiest people in Arusha at the moment! Our new students, starting at St Jude’s in January, received their first set of brand new St Jude’s uniforms! This is always the most joyful day in the school calendar as the gift of these uniforms signifies the start to a new life path for so many young Tanzanians and their families.

You can’t help but smile and your eyes well up when you watch this video – the pure elation on the faces of the families who can see a brighter future is something we all want for everyone on this planet.

With the free, quality education these children will be receiving, they will have the opportunity to escape the poverty cycle into which they were born and become skilled and professional members of the workforce. Their parents who struggle to earn $2 a day are thrilled that one of their children will reach his or her full potential and go on to live a rich and rewarding life while helping other members of the family as well. 

We are so grateful that our supporters are doing their part here in Tanzania. However, our students still need 67 new sponsors. We would love to hear from anyone who is prepared to ensure one more child and his or her family will have a future filled with possibilities. Please click here to find out how you can sponsor one of our new students

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.