Starfish Greathearts exists to change the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children in communities affected by HIV/AIDS and poverty in South Africa.


One Starfish at a time – We need your help. 

“Children are our greatest treasure. They are our future.”
– Nelson Mandela

Our holistic approach focuses on four key areas of intervention: Child Protection, Healthcare, Education and Nourishment. 

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We provide crèches and afterschool care where children enjoy creative educational activities and counselling sessions. We strive to enable children to harness their talents and gain sustainable employment.

We also give practical support providing schoolbooks, uniforms, transport, and meals.


We run mobile healthcare clinics for check-ups, referrals, and community health awareness sessions. These clinics ensure the physical, mental, and social wellbeing of children, and keep them in school to maximise their learning potential.


Our Starfish trained care workers identify vulnerable children in the community and provide holistic care. From creches to vocational training for school graduates, we enable children to harness their talents and gain sustainable employment. 


We provide proper nutrition to impoverished children, ensuring improved childhood growth, development and health.

We train our local partners to establish food gardens, providing nutrition, income and a space to learn about healthy eating.

Our response to the challenges faced in 2021

It has been another difficult year for the children we care for. Covid 19 has led to increased orphanhood, and our communities have seen deepening poverty and food insecurity. Our teams have risen to the challenges from rolling out vaccines to distributing food parcels and continued community outreach to ensure our children are safe.

Tippy Tap Journey at Woza Moya


Tippy Taps (TT) were first introduced to the community 6 years ago, in order to improve access to clean water for washing. Ufafa Valley is a water-scarce area, especially in the dry winter months. There is no formal water supply or sanitation. 

Faced with Covid-19, never has there been more need for them.

We focus on schools and communal meeting places and spent time educating people on the importance of washing hands, thoroughly and frequently.

£15 will feed a family of 4 for a week.


£25 will feed a child for a month.


£60 will fund a child’s education, health and nutritional needs for a month.


£85 will fund a child’s education for a whole year.

Royal Parks Half Marathon for Starfish


Sunday 9th October 2022

The Royal Parks Half Marathon was created in 2008 – the first and only of its kind. The 13.1 mile route passes many of London’s world famous landmarks and four of London’s spectacular Royal Parks. This award-winning event was set up in attempt to be green, sustainable and raise money for over 1,000 UK charities. With amazing reviews from our Starfish runners over the years, this is an event that you do not want to miss out on!

Join the Starfish Team today!

Run for Starfish in The Big Half


Sunday 4th September 2022

Are you interested in representing Starfish at one of the most famous and prestigious race routes of its kind? Returning for yet another year, you can take on the Big Half for a taster of the official London Marathon course across 13.1 miles. The race sets off by Tower Bridge in central London and finishes at the famous Cutty Sark in Greenwich. The Big Half is set to have an unmissable festival atmosphere – and everyone is invited!

Join the Starfish team today!


Music for Freedom Concert


Date – to be confirmed.

Join us for uplifting music as we celebrate getting together in person again and share all we have achieved in this most challenging period, thanks to the generosity of our supporters.

Host a Dinner of Hope


Meet up for a fabulous evening of friends, memories and online cooking by celebrity chef Zola Nene!





Jon & Lydia

Donated their wedding to Starfish





“Such a generous gesture Jon & Lydia requesting donations instead of wedding gifts. Helping us all to look beyond ourselves and a privelege to be able to contribute whatever we can afford, knowing that every contribution makes a difference. Be blessed.”

Wedding Guest