|Rotary Club of Mount Martha||
School of St Judes, Tanzania- Play the Video Opposite
The School of St Judes is an independent sponsorship-supported school that provides education for Tanzanian children from the lowest socio-economic backgrounds. In 2002 a young lady, Gemma Rice, from a sheep station in Australia, opened a small school in Northern Tanzania, with support from family, friends and Rotary, with only three students and one teacher.
By 2010 the school had approximately 1,500 students and around 350 local Tanzanian staff located across three campuses with two boarding houses. Over 90% of the children receive free education as local and international sponsors individually cover the costs of not only the education fees but also their uniforms, stationary, transport, hot meals, snacks and drinks of each child.
The school's philosophy is "Fighting Poverty Through Education" helping the students break the cycle of poverty that has gripped their families for generations. Without external assistance these children would be facing destitute lives of bad health, possibly no job or income and no way of helping themselves or those around them.
Our club currently sponsors a young teacher at the school, Elisa Kashia
We also have the benefit of having the son of one of our members volunteering his services and knowledge at the school. Daniel Groves has considerable financial management and accounting experience and applies this to his work with the school. At our meeting 13th January Daniel whilst on holidays back with his parents Byron and Glenys gave a presentation to our club talking about the school, how it operates and how he assists.
Gemma Sisia founder of the school
One of the 26 school buses
Left to Right Byron ,
Daniel , President Bill