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You answered the call to fight poverty

Our new students for 2016 are entering the school at an exciting time, following successes in our Sponsorship Appeal and American Appeal.
Our new students for 2016 are entering the school at an exciting time, following successes in our Sponsorship Appeal and American Appeal.

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.

Reason to smile: The amazing generosity shown during our sponsorship appeal is inspiring the staff and students here in Tanzania.
Reason to smile: The amazing generosity shown during our sponsorship appeal is inspiring the staff and students here in Tanzania.

“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.

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.