School of St. Jude

Fighting Poverty Through Education

The School of St Jude is a charity funded school that provides a free, high-quality primary and secondary education to over 1,600 of the poorest, brightest children of Arusha region, Tanzania, East Africa. The school, located across three campuses, also provides boarding for 1,100 students, and employs over 450 Tanzanians. It was founded by Australian Gemma Sisia in 2002.

Proud Sponsor

The School of St Jude and Africa Dream Safaris are working together to help impoverished children in Tanzania to receive a free, high-quality education, while strengthening ADS' humanitarian involvement in the East African community. Our monthly donation will buy 2,000 hot, nutritious meals per month for the students. Tanzania is a developing country where one-third of its population lives below the poverty line, on less than $1.25 per day. A majority of children in Tanzanian schools do not receive lunch or any food, so they cannot focus on learning when they're hungry. St Jude's provides daily meals for students, as well as breakfast and dinner for the over 1,100 students who live in their boarding houses. All produce is sourced from the local community.

Opportunities for Our Guests

In addition to a range of other cultural and charitable outreach opportunities, ADS offers its guests the chance to visit The School of St Jude. Here they can meet students - who come from the poorest families in Arusha - and find out how one classroom in 2002 has grown into three campuses, two boarding houses and a centre of employment for over 450 local Tanzanians. ADS runs our operational office out of Arusha - where St Jude's three campuses are located - so we get to witness the tourism landscape firsthand and are excited to offer our clients the opportunity to experience all that Tanzania has to offer, from the natural wonders of the Serengeti to the great work being done in the local community.

Quote from St. Jude Founder Gemma Sisia

"It's thanks to ADS and all our supporters around the world that St Jude's can not only educate so many children for free, but also employ over 450 local staff," says Gemma Sisia, Founder of St Jude's. "Their monthly contribution will allow our students to lead healthy lives, by focusing on their education rather than worrying where their next meal will come from. With this ADS contribution, we can continue to fulfill our mission of educating the next future leaders of Tanzania."

Video Introduction of The School of St. Jude

This video is a wonderful overview St. Jude's history and all the great work the school is consistently producing for Tanzanian community.

Watch the Video