TOOWOOMBA resident Jill Borch recently took the trip of a lifetime to visit The School of St Jude in Africa.
The school was started by Australian Gemma Sisia, who had a dream of fighting poverty through education.
Today, The School of St Jude provides a free, high-quality primary and secondary education to over 1500 of the poorest and brightest children of Arusha region, Tanzania, East Africa.
The school, located across three campuses, also provides boarding for 1000 students and employs over 400 Tanzanians.
Ms Borch travelled to the heart of the world's most diverse and richly cultured continent to visit St Jude's, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, where she received the warmest of welcomes by volunteers, staff and students.
"I have been a sponsor at the school for the past three years and decided to visit the school to see first hand the life changing opportunities that a quality free education can provide for the poorest of Tanzania's children," Ms Borch said.
Schooling at St Jude's ensures students become responsible, well-educated citizens with potential to be future leaders of their community and Tanzania.
The school will see its first class of secondary school graduates in 2015.
"As a member of the September Tour Group, I was able to spend time with my sponsored teacher and discuss his experiences as a teacher at St Jude's," Ms Borch said.
"We also saw many local sites in and around Arusha and had a four day safari to the Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti and the Tarangire National Park."
St Jude's is only able to keep the gates open due to the generous sponsorships and donations received from individuals, families, businesses and clubs around the world.
Without St Jude's these students would be forced into the Tanzanian government system which has limited places and extremely limited resources, along with additional fees for books, food and even water which are unachievable for most families living below the poverty line.
Currently, St Jude's has 200 children that still need sponsoring.
For further information on sponsoring, donating or organizing a visit to the school, please visit www.schoolofstjude.org.
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