St Jude's: Helping to fight poverty through education
If you have a spare day in Arusha before or after your safari, you can ask your safari operator to call and arrange a visit to what the local's call "Sainti Judi."
This school was started by an Australian woman married to a Tanzanian with a gifted piece of land from her father-in-law and a promise to educate the children of Tanzania. Ten years later and the school, from its humble beginnings of 3 students, provides a completely free education to more than 1,500 children from the Arusha district! The rule is they must be bright with potential to exceed at their studies and from very poor families.
Every year the school holds interviews and takes in approximately 500+ new students from the area. It's completely funded by donors from around the world. The children love visitors and will welcome you to their assemblies (if you are there on the right day), or you can join them for a hearty traditional Tanzanian lunch (also provided to all students and staff for free by the school).
You can even stay overnight at the school in very clean, safe and amazing rooms on the school campus. Imagine waking to the sounds of so many happy children in Africa!
There is a dedicated visitor team to take you on a guided tour around the school and answer all your questions on how one woman has helped so many! In return the school asks that each visitor make a minimum 10,000 tsh donation to cover your tour/meal.
The 28th of October is St Jude's Day, which is a huge event.