Starfish Greathearts exists to change the lives of orphaned or
vulnerable children in communities affected by HIV 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, 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. Counselling and holistic emotional support is also provided.
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.
Run for Starfish – Sunday 09 October 2022
Royal Parks Half Marathon is one of the world’s biggest half marathons and with 16,000 runners taking part in the 13.1 mile run, it will be an exciting event for everyone involved.
Starting in Hyde Park, the route will take you on closed roads through four of London’s eight Royal Parks – Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James Park and Kensington Gardens.
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Host a Dinner of Hope
Meet up for a fabulous evening of friends, memories and online cooking by celebrity chef Zola Nene!