2004 - working in a rented building 2005 - laying the foundations 2006 - the walls are built 2007 - building the roof 2008 - water supply fitted 2009 - the recently built toilet block
(coat of paint to be added!) 2010 - a teaching session in progress,
the floor of this classroom has not yet
been plastered November 2010 - plastering of this
classroom has now been completed June 2011 - completing the plastering of
the school walls May 2012 - "nursery" class taking place in
one of the painted and decorated classrooms October 2013 - building the defensive wall
against future floods October 2014 - junior pupils at
Heri Special School

Heri Special School

Working with the St. Jude Foundation
registered charity no. 800451

Please help us to raise money for The Heri Special School at Mporoto, Tanzania

Tanzania, in East Africa, is one of the poorest countries in the world. Although the Tanzanian government's policy is that all children should be entitled to primary education, this does not, in practice, extend to handicapped or disabled children, who are mostly kept at home; in many cases their families are ashamed for them to be seen. This was the situation a few years ago at Mporoto, a large village near the town of Mbeya in the south-west of Tanzania.

Then one day a teacher called Egha Egha visited Mporoto and was so distressed by what he saw that he made a big decision, – to leave his teaching job and set up a special school for the disabled children of Mporoto. For the next few years, with great difficulty, Mr Egha kept the school going, using various rented buildings (one of which was destroyed by a storm!). The school received no state support, and the pupils parents were too poor to pay school fees; so Mr Egha started a small farm to provide funds for the school, growing maize and other crops and vegetables for sale, with the help of the pupils' parents (this work continues today.)

Mr Egha calls his school "Heri Special School”, “Heri” is the Swahili word for “happiness”.

In 2005, with the support of the St. Jude Foundation, Mr Egha began the task of providing a permanent building for his school at Mporoto. A piece of land was bought, plans were drawn up, and work began on laying the foundations of the building. Since then, the building work has continued slowly but steadily; the rate of progress has depended (and still depends) on the ability of the St. Jude Foundation to raise enough funds to keep the work going. The photos to the right show the development of the building since 2005.

Recent News

February 2015

Mark Trevor Roberts MBE

29 October 1936 - 10 February 2015

On the morning of 10th February 2015, Mark Roberts, the founding trustee of the St Jude Foundation, passed away peacefully in his sleep, at the age of 78. He was a teacher throughout his adult life and was the headmaster of Rectory Paddock School for handicapped children in Orpington, Kent. Although retired for many years, he gave his last lesson only 3 weeks ago.

Mark lived a life dedicated to others. His good deeds are too numerous to mention, but principally in later years he was responsible for helping to set up the Heri Special School in Mporoto, Tanzania. With the help of generous donations to the St Jude Foundation, the school has been built and equipped and today has some 40 pupils, both disabled and non-disabled.

Mark had been suffering from cancer for three years but, in spite of his deteriorating health, he never ceased to work hard for his charity, and also to support many other disadvantaged people. He will be very sorely missed by all who knew him. May he rest in peace after a life well lived.

It is our aim to continue supporting the Heri Special School over the coming years and to carry on the work that Mark started, we will provide further information about this as soon as possible. We would like to thank everyone who has supported the project so far and we would of course be very grateful for any donations towards Mark’s charity. Please click here for information about ways to donate.

If you would like to contact us about Mark or anything related to the St Jude Foundation, please use the following email address: info@thestjudefoundation.com

Yours Sincerely

Neville Roberts, Jillian Orr, Dylan Roberts


The St. Jude Foundation will be very grateful for any contributions, large or small. The Foundation has no paid staff and no office or other administrative expenses to meet; all those who help run the Foundation give their services free, so all money donated goes in payments to the project in Tanzania.

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Heri Special School October 2014

Mporoto is near Mbeya in the South West of Tanzania