Sarah’s new life in Tanzania

Written by admin on 19/06/2018 Categories: 南京夜网

ONE Bowral resident has given up the familiar comforts of home to travel across the world to help break the cycle of poverty. Sarah Clark put her hand up to volunteer at the School of St Jude in Tanzania, East Africa, working closely with disadvantaged children to improve their future.
Nanjing Night Net

The school was opened in 2002 by an Australian woman, Gemma Sisia, with the goal of educating the most underprivileged children and break the cycle of poverty.

What began with just one teacher and three students has now grown to be the largest charity funded school in Africa.

Sarah said that without the school, the children would be stuck in cyclical poverty, a problem she said has proved extremely difficult to break.

“We hope by educating these students, we are boosting their job prospects and helping them achieve their dreams,” she said.

“The children qualify by being extremely poor but also incredibly bright. We see they have great potential to be dedicated leaders needed for the future development of their communities and Tanzania.”

The school is entirely charity funded and Sarah said the supporters were what kept the doors open to the children.

Sarah left Australia last month to fill the role of visitor’s coordinator after travelling through India and Nepal.

“I had travelled to Africa twice in the past 18 months and fell in love with the people,” she said.

“I knew I wanted to go back in some capacity for an extended time but wasn’t sure how.

“I had known about the School of St Jude for many years and saw on their website that they had a position available in the Visitor Team. I applied, had an interview and now here I am.”

Since working at the school, Sarah has developed a strong connection to Tanzania which is now her “favourite” African country.

“The people are so welcoming, they have a love of life, passion and their determination to fight poverty through education reminds me of why I am here,” she said.

“It makes it a pleasure to go to work everyday.”

Even though, on the odd occasion, Sarah misses being able “to pop out for lunch at the Imperial or Mezza Bar,” she said “life is good” and she is “very settled and happy” in her new Tanzanian life.

The school’s goal for 2013 is to increase the number of visitors, reach more sponsors and continue to spread their vision around the world. The school offer employment to over 400 Tanzanian’s and they purchase all goods from the local community.

“St Jude also provides a professional development training program for local staff members, in the hope that the school is sustainable in the future. Every day all staff and students work hard to fulfil the school’s philosophy of “Fighting Poverty through Education”.

You can help St Jude’s by spreading the word and sharing our vision, learn more and visit the website: www.schoolofstjude.org

Sarah working at St Jude’s School in Tanzania, East Africa. Photos supplied

Sarah working at St Jude’s School in Tanzania, East Africa. Photos supplied

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

Comments Off on Sarah’s new life in Tanzania