The School of St Jude

A reader in Australia writes; she plans to visit Tanzania later this year. Her blog
‘expresses the views of an enthusiastic supporter’ of the School of St Jude which is committed to providing quality education to African children. (Ask any child in the West what they want and they’ll be hard pressed to decide between latest iPod or designer trainers, ask an African child and they’ll tell you – that more than anything in the whole wide world – they want to go to school).

St Jude’s, which was started and is managed by an Australian lady and strongly supported by Australians worldwide, is just a few kilometers down the dirt road from where I live. There is a sign outside to indicate the school is full, ‘Hakuna Nafasi’ it reads (no more places); it provides education to – according to the same sign – 782 ‘worthy’ children. It is renowned locally for its excellence, its dedication to the cause. Its pupils wear a blue uniform and broad brimmed sun hats and you never see them digging in the headmaster’s maize field or carting water in buckets to irrigate his crops like you do in all the other schools along the same stretch of road. The pupils of St Jude’s come from all over Arusha, in buses (my children and I have counted 12 at a time, all marked with the school’s familiar logo, all a different colour – orange, red, green, pink – so that it looks as if somebody’s emptying a packet of jelly beans down the road).

A friend, another Australian, who is runs a similar school across town, told me that one of the administrative staff at St Jude, responsible for energetic raising of funds and awareness, has recently been denied her work permit. Why? Why is Immigration disallowing this lady to continue a job she is clearly doing very well.

Because this is Africa, that’s why.


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