Teachers for Tanzania

$8,315 of $50k goal

Raised by 48 people in 12 months
Matt Anza
on behalf of Cynthia Skarbek
 STARKS, LA
In July, Andrea, Chad, Elise, my Dad and I are headed to Arusha, Tanzania and want to raise support for the local community. Surrounded by natural beauty, this area of the country is the gateway to the world's most thrilling safaris. It's also a poverty-stricken nation that struggles to provide a meaningful education to its children. After gathering information from local sources, we decided that the School of St. Jude is the most transparent and powerful agent of change in the area. Students are selected from families who live on less than $1.25 a day and are given food, housing and a quality education. Our plan is to work closely with the school and purchase as much as we can locally. $10 buys exercise books for a whole class, $50 provides mosquito nets for an entire boarding room, and $100 supplies 100 kilos of vegetables. Bigger milestones include laptops and hot water heaters but every dollar counts! Your generosity will stretch incredibly far and give aid to those who truly need it.

For more information on the school, visit their website at http://www.schoolofstjude.org/about-us/overview.html

 And definitely check out the kids getting their uniforms on the first day of school here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyfHwVpD9Kg





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Update 4
Posted by Matthew Anza
7 months ago
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Hey everyone! It's been about a month since our trip, and we're all finally back in the States. After visiting St. Jude's, we all went our separate ways. Some of us went straight home while others continued to travel. Elise even climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro! The highlight, however, was our school visit.

Thanks to your donations, we raised $8,415! Our first day in Africa we jumped in a van and headed straight to the school. The staff members greeted us at the gate and took us for a tour of the campus. Fortunately, we arrived just in time for lunch so we immediately sat down with some students and indulged in the local favorite, rice, beans and veggies. It was delicious! After the students cleaned up their tables and put their dishes away, we kicked around a soccer ball for a short recess. Later, we stopped into a music class and listened to one of the students show off his drumming skills. Finally, we attended the weekly assembly with the entire student body. One of the classes performed a song and dance they had been practicing, the principal made a few announcements, and awards were given out for that week's outstanding achievements. The students looked sharp, with clean, white shirts and blue ties. Pressed blue pants for the boys and skirts for the girls. We were all very impressed.

After school, we had the opportunity to go home with one of the students, Henry, and get a perspective of everyday life outside of St. Jude's. We jumped in a van for 20 minutes before arriving at his community, which was a stark contrast from the school campus. He lived down a dusty path in a cement room with his mom, dad, and younger brother. There was enough room for a small bed, a table, and a bucket of water they collected from a nearby well. Dad was away as he needed to travel to find work, often for weeks at a time. Mom was incredibly gracious and offered us some homemade chai tea. Through a translator, she told us about Henry's life before being accepted to St. Jude's as a second grader. He attended public school with class sizes of 60 or 70. Meals were never guaranteed and traveling to school was long and difficult. Now as a 4th grader, a bus picks him up in the morning, he gets a nutritious breakfast and lunch, and a safe learning environment with 20 students per classroom. In 5th grade, he'll stay overnight for the week, which adds dinner, a hot shower and his first bed- all to himself. He'll come back on weekends to visit with his family and help with chores.

Henry will stay at St. Jude's through 12th grade before heading off to college. Once he graduates, he'll complete one year of community service, as is expected from St. Jude's graduates. Typically they will volunteer at a public school as teachers are desperately needed. Then he'll put his education to work to provide for his family and community, doing his part to end the cycle of poverty.

All this is a long way to say, thank you. This school is the best opportunity local kids have to become strong, healthy, and get a great education. We feel blessed to be the ones who were able to send your love from half a world away.
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Update 3
Posted by Matthew Anza
10 months ago
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42% of Tanzanian children under the age of 5 suffer from growth stunting due to inadequate nutrition. The School of St. Jude fights the trend by educating, housing, and FEEDING its students every day!
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Posted by Matthew Anza
10 months ago
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We only have 6 weeks left until we leave for Tanzania. We're all so thankful for your donations to the GoFundMe page as well as those made directly to the school. All in all, we've raised over $7,200! This is an incredible total and will go directly towards the health and well-being of the underprivileged yet brilliant students of The School of St. Jude. We're asking one more time, take $20, $50 or $100 out of this month's pay, check out our site, and change a child's life today.
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Update 1
Posted by Matthew Anza
11 months ago
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We've had complications finding a recipient for our campaign funds because the founders of The School of St. Jude are from Australia and this site requires a recipient from the United States. But, we just received GREAT NEWS! Cindy, the President of the American Friends of the School of St. Jude is not only going to accept the funds, but she is going to meet us in Tanzania in July! We're excited to restart our campaign and hope to continue to raise money for this awesome school. Thank you everyone for your generous contributions!
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$8,315 of $50k goal

Raised by 48 people in 12 months
Created February 27, 2016
Matt Anza  
on behalf of Cynthia Skarbek
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$50
Shannon Huang
7 months ago

Thank you for what you ever done to our world.

DC
$200
Ding Tzung Chen
8 months ago
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$50
Derchin Weng
8 months ago
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$25
Matt Affolter
8 months ago
$25
Kyle Klobe
8 months ago

Super proud of the work you guys are doing.

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$20
LION WANG
9 months ago
$50
Anonymous
9 months ago
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$100
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9 months ago
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$50
Julie Lu
9 months ago

Good Luck!

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$50
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9 months ago
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