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. 


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.

Royal Parks Half Marathon for Starfish

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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Join us and cycle in the Ride London 2022!

Ride with us! Become a Starfish Greathearts rider for London’s iconic cycling event on Sunday 29th May 2022.

World AIDS Day 2021

To commemorate World AIDS Day 2021, we hosted an inspiring conversation which reflected on the progress made in the global fight against HIV and the current and future needs of communities across South Africa and the UK.

We heard from Dr Andrew Hill, Liverpool University Research Academic, Nozibele Qamngana-Mayaba, award winning entrepreneur living with HIV, Nosihle Mkhize, Starfish beneficiary and Roche Kester, Director of LGBTI Progress.

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







Music for Freedom Concert

Wednesday 27th April 2022

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.

Run for Starfish in The Big Half

Sunday 4th September 2022

Challenge yourself to a half marathon around central London. This unique route sets off at Tower Bridge and finishes at the famous Cutty Sark in Greenwich. The Big Half is set to have an unmissable festival atmosphere, and everyone’s invited!