Stories

Starfish Gala 2020

Starfish Gala 2020

The Starfish Greathearts Foundation USA is holding its 7th annual NYC Gala. Enjoy South African cuisine, wines and entertainment as we raise funds to continue our life-changing work with orphans and vulnerable children in South Africa.

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Thabo’s Story

Thabo’s Story

Maria Lenong sits on a chair inside her shack in Sebokeng, her ginger cat on her lap.  The shack is constructed of corrugated iron and has three tiny rooms: a miniscule sitting room, a cluttered kitchen and a sleeping area.  Her grandson, Thabo, is on his way home...

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Giving Back

Giving Back

Starfish was founded in 2002, and thousands of children who grew up in our care are now happy and healthy young adults, working in our centres and making an incredible impact in the communities where they grew up. Giving Back Lebogang's Story "Starfish has helped me...

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Microfinance

Microfinance

Since our partner Thandanani introduced self-help groups, participants have been reporting on just how they are helping to improve their lives. They also received basic financial training and have been pleased and surprised at the difference saving just R2 (10p) a...

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The Gift of Education

The Gift of Education

Without the necessary school uniform, shoes, books and stationery, children are unable to attend school. Educational resources not only enable children to return to school, but also provide hope and dignity in times of crisis. Here is Tebello's story from one of our...

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Food for Thought

Food for Thought

Throughout the year the Community Based Organisations (CBOs) plan the food supplies for the children with a particular emphasis on extra provisions for the chilly winter months. In the winter time in particular, the importance of a good nutritous diet is...

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A love for learning

Msizi began attending the after school programme in January at our partner to receive help with his homework after his mom heard about the learning support he could access. Msizi has continued to attend and over the past year, he has developed a love of learning and a...

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From a dump site to a hope site

From a dump site to a hope site

“I asked the local municipality for some land to start a child care centre and they gave me a dump site.”  Thandi Khanyile recalls the inauspicious start to what is today a thriving centre in Sebokeng that assists 450 orphaned and vulnerable children from the local...

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Thy Kingdom Care Centre

Thy Kingdom Care Centre

*Thandazile Gumede, a 7 year old girl at Thy Kingdom Care Centre, was abandoned by her mother after birth and raised by her grandmother. Thandazile’s grandmother struggled to enrol her at school as she did not have a birth certificate. With Starfish’s help, Thy...

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Garbage to games

Garbage to games

Early learning for toddlers In rural areas with no early childhood development centres, there was clear need for an innovative response. Careworkers at Starfish partner Thandanani in KwaZulu Natal are running workshops for small groups of women in their own homes to...

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