(Sponsored by USA)

Bulungula Incubator serves one of the poorest areas in the country, made up of four villages of approximately 6,000 people, in a remote rural area on the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape. Established in 2007 to create vibrant and sustainable rural communities, Bulungula Incubator works with community members from conception to career to provide education, health and nutrition and sustainable livelihoods. Their dedicated and skilled team have achieved incredible results and have been awarded the Nolte prize for their achievements in their community. 



(Sponsored by USA)

Agape is a remarkable success story, growing from humble beginnings in 1990, to serve thousands of children in an informal settlement in the Western Cape. They provide essential support in the form of schooling, care, medical attention, feeding programs and life-skills to children in this poor community.




(Sponsored by UK)

Thandanani Children’s Foundation gives hope and care to orphans and vulnerable Children in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. Established in 1989, Thandanani moves families from a state of vulnerability to stability and self-reliance; focusing on their physical, mental, emotional & cognitive wellbeing. Thandanani makes a meaningful and sustainable difference to over 2,400 children, their caregivers and families




(Sponsored by USA)


The Keiskamma Trust provides inspiration and income generation opportunities to the extremely poor women in the remote rural villages around Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.  It was established in 2000  by Dr. Carol Baker.  The Keiskamma Trust also works in the Hamburg Primary School in response to the needs of the children in that area.


Thy Kingdom

(Sponsored by USA)

Thy Kingdom Care Centre was established in 2012 by Thandi, who devoted herself full time to the care of the neglected and orphaned children in her community. “I could not stand to see a hungry child,” she said. The center takes care of 550 orphaned and vulnerable children in Soweto.  Poverty and the high rate of unemployment and crime in the area exacerbate the social ills.





Sethani Community Services was established in 1994, in KwaZulu-Natal to empower members of the community to help themselves and to care for one another – especially the orphans and vulnerable children. Sethani is situated in a previously disadvantaged area where poverty and its accompanying factors such as unemployment, teenage pregnancy and substance abuse are rife.  These conditions are worsened by the devastating impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic,




Wellness Wagon


 South Africa has the largest HIV epidemic in the world. 7 out of 10 child deaths under the age of 5 are preventable. Many have no access to health care due to poverty or the remoteness of their location.  The Starfish Wellness Wagon program reaches these rural areas to provide health care. The program offers, HIV and TB testing, ARV medication and adherence programs. Education for HIV prevention and empowerment of adolescent girls for the prevention of gender-based violence. Each year more than 8,000 children received health care through our Wellness Wagon program.

The community is faced with social issues such as poverty, unemployment, teenage pregnancies, alcohol abuse, malnutrition of children and ever-increasing incidence of HIV/AIDS and Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC

The Residential Care Centre (another place of hope) cares for AIDS and TB patients who are in need of intensive palliative care. There are four hospital-type beds set up in the two bedrooms.

Each patient is either nursed back to health through correct nutrition and monitoring of medication intake by qualified nurses or is allowed to die in a dignified way. Miracles happen every day in all of Ethembeni’s programmes.

Starfish currently assists Ethembeni in providing school uniforms, stationery and educational toys to the children as well as food parcels for the community.  A major portion of the funding is aimed at capacity building and supporting operational costs.

Starfish Greathearts Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) Organisation

EIN Number: 20-3622548