Why we are needed
Starfish Greathearts Foundation is an international
development charity that brings life, hope and opportunity to
children who have been orphaned or made vulnerable by
'Starfish you make me feel better, you make me cry lesser, you
make me dream bigger.' Thomas Chauke, Ikageng Itireleng
We are founded on the belief in the power of individuals to make a
difference, and we continue to be inspired on a daily basis by the
incredible resilience of the children we support.
In the last 12 years, thousands of people
like you across the globe have embraced the Starfish vision. Their
support and commitment has improved the lives of thousands upon
thousands of vulnerable children.
Why our model works
It is now 31 years since the virus was first discovered, and 12
years since Starfish joined the fight to turn the tide on AIDS.
Since being identified, AIDS has killed more than 30 million people
around the world and today, a further 34 million are living with
HIV. It has left a generation of children to grow up without
mothers, fathers, or teachers.
Whilst great strides have been made in terms of prevention and
treatment, with more than 5 million people in sub-Saharan African
now accessing treatment, the number of children orphaned by AIDS in
the communities we serve continues to rise; over 2 million across
South Africa alone, of whom over 500,000 are themselves infected.
These colossal numbers can be difficult to take in, but in the face
of such overwhelming statistics, our work is more vital than ever
before. That's why at Starfish we work from the ground up,
facilitating local partners to make a difference in their own
community and deliver quality holistic care.
We know our model works because we follow the progress, one child
at a time. Our work ranges from crisis intervention like food
parcels and help obtaining identity documents, to access to
education and training, mentorship, and support for income
generation activities with the aim of lifting whole communities out
of the vicious cycle of poverty and HIV.