American Friends of the School of St Jude Tanzania Inc

Fighting Poverty Through Education

aka AF St Jude   |   Louisville, KY   |  www.afstjude.org

Mission

Developing moral, global leaders and providing a comprehensive education to break the cycle of poverty by supporting The School of St Jude in Arusha, Tanzania.

Ruling year info

2015

President and Treasurer

Cynthia Skarbek

Main address

2810 Avenue of the Woods

Louisville, KY 40241 USA

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EIN

47-3077055

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Single Organization Support (B11)

Single Organization Support (O11)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Poverty in Tanzania is endemic. Ranked 204 out of 230 nations in the world for GDP per capita, as a nation Tanzania is unable to provide its children with a quality education. The government school system is overstretched, under-resourced, and produces poor educational outcomes for Tanzanian society.

Our programs

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School of St Jude, Tanzania

We support all aspects of education at The School of St Jude in Arusha, Tanzania. The School educates 1800+ disadvantaged, bright students from the Arusha District (Tanzania) to become moral and intellectual leaders in their country, and is an educational leader in Tanzania. Graduates who complete a year of community service are supported for further education in the Beyond St Jude program.

Population(s) Served
Students
Economically disadvantaged people

The Beyond St Jude program is for graduates of The School of St Jude. It includes a year of community service (primarily teaching STEM subjects in a local government school) and support for university or other further studies. Community Service participants teach over 30,000 Tanzanian secondary school students every year.

Population(s) Served
Students
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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American Friends of The School of St Jude Tanzania (AFSJ) was established as a US 501(c)3 in February 2015 for the purpose of making it easier for Americans who support The School of St Jude to make donations in a tax-deductible manner and to increase the profile of The School of St Jude in the US.

In 2002, Gemma Sisia opened The School of St Jude to invest in the education of East Africa’s poorest children. St Jude’s provides a free, high-quality education to around 1800 students, who, due to poverty and social pressures, would otherwise be unlikely to complete their schooling. Drawn from families who often live on less than USD $1.25 per day, the pupils (and graduates) of St Jude’s are shining examples of what students can achieve when they are given the opportunity to receive a quality education.

The mission of the school is to educate disadvantaged, bright students from the Arusha District to become moral and intellectual leaders in their country and for St Jude’s to thereby demonstrate educational leadership in Tanzania.

AFSJ provides both financial and capacity building support to The School of St Jude so they are able to carry out their mission.

AFSJ has a deeply committed Board of Directors who have been involved with the school since its inception. Board members regularly visit the school in Tanzania to monitor progress. They participate in annual budget discussions and strategic planning with school management. The AFSJ board have good long term relationships with American donors.

Since 2015, AFSJ has raised over $2.2 million for The School of St Jude from charitable donations, including corporate and family foundations, charitable funds, individuals. AFSJ has nurtured relationships with American donors and has raised the visibility of the School in the US. AFSJ has managed to keep their overhead impressively low, at 6%, meaning 94% of all AFSJ revenue is granted directly to The School of St Jude.

The School has been in operation for over 16 years. The School provides free, high-quality education to 1,800 students annually at their primary and secondary schools in Arusha, Tanzania and regularly ranks in the top 10% of Tanzanian schools, based on national examination results.

So far, over 500 students have graduated from secondary school. That is quite an accomplishment in a country where less than 3% of all the population complete secondary school! The majority of St Jude graduates participate in the Beyond St Jude’s program -- an optional, two-part program that enables St Jude’s secondary school graduates to give back to their communities through a Community Service Year. It also provides the funding they need to go on to access higher education within East Africa through the Beyond St Jude’s Tertiary Fund.

This year, Beyond St Jude’s community service interns are teaching over 22,000 students in government schools in core subjects such as mathematics, chemistry, physics and biology.

Financials

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American Friends of the School of St Jude Tanzania Inc

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Cindy Skarbek


Board co-chair

Mr Mark Wagner

Think Big Nets

Term: 2015 - 2022

Mark Wagner

ThinkBig Networks

Patricia Sutliff

Rotary Volunteer

Laurel Ashlock

Rotary Volunteer

Meghan Cleary

First American Equipment Finance

James Calleroz White

Headmaster, The Galloway School

Kelly Herman

Pact

Alex Elifas

St Jude grad, Stanford University student

Enock Kivuyo

St Jude graduate, University of Rochester Student

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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Female

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