Starfish Greathearts Foundation is an international charity bringing life, hope and opportunity to children made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS and poverty in South Africa. With over a decade of experience, Starfish partners with local community organizations, providing funding and holistic support to enable our local partners to offer the highest quality care to children, including education, healthcare, child protection services and capacity building.
More than 450 children are orphaned by AIDS every day in South Africa alone. A generation of children are growing up without parents or teachers, and very little hope for their future. An estimated 31% of the South African population is unemployed, almost half live below the official poverty line. Some communities are made up of a majority of children under the age of 19, many of whom live in child-headed households. 40% of reported sexual assaults are committed against children.
Starfish's mission is to care for these vulnerable children, supporting them emotionally and physically by funding local community centers, which provide a safe place to play, nutritious meals and after school support, school uniforms, shoes and stationery so that children can remain in school, anti-retroviral medication and HIV education, early childhood development for preschool children, secure homes and child protection. Starfish empowers local partners with capacity building and training
Starfish is making a significant impact by partnering with 50 organizations in 67 communities across the country, reaching 25,000 children. For over 10 years Starfish has been working with local community organizations to change these children's lives. Starfish provides funding, direction and training to our local partners to improve the delivery of quality, holistic care, so that more children receive immediate and sustainable support. You can make a difference, one child at a time!
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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AIDS creates child-headed households every day
Life, hope and opportunity for vulnerable children
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