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Providing high quality education that is a dream come true for students who would otherwise have very little opportunity.

The School of St Jude is a project started in 2002 by Gemma Sisa, who dreamt of creating a free private school for bright but disadvantaged students from the Arusha District in Tanzania, with the aim of helping to develop them into moral and intellectual leaders for their country.

Today, 1,650 students attend St Judes, which has boarding facilities for over 1,400 students. The school provides employment for 2,500 people, injects $5 million into the community through products and food purchased for the school and has an all Tanzanian academic staff.

Ranked in the top 10% of schools in the country, St Judes provides a high quality education for those who would otherwise have no opportunity whatsoever to receive this kind of education.

The Morris Family Foundation donated $200,000 to the school to support the quality education that they provide to promising young Tanzanians. This money was able to support both A level (Year 11 and 12) students and a number of teachers whose salaries were not being fully sponsored.

Donations allow the school to continue to employ amazing teachers, offer manageable class sizes and access to quality educational resources, transport, daily hot lunches, computer and English courses and international teacher mentors.

The students sponsored have wonderful ambitions. Edward Andrew Manda is a Sixth Former who wants to make life easier for disabled people in his country,especially the blind. Miriam Kitoi Pallangyo has a passion for learning languages and wants to become a business lawyer. Justin Richard Saimon  is interested in more effective and varied uses of energy and resources. Justin says “After I graduate from St Jude’s and find success, I will ensure that I provide sponsorship to children coming from poor families like myself in order to bring big changes to our country.”

For these students – St Jude’s is a dream come true. Without sponsorship their families would have to choose which of their children gets to attend school, and in some cases no education could be afforded, and the children would help their parents to earn an income instead of building their knowledge.

Project Statistics

  • 51
    Advanced level students sponsored through this project
  • 24
    Salaries of advanced level teachers supported
  • 1.3%
    Tanzanians who will attend a higher education institution