Starfish Greathearts Foundation supports orphaned and vulnerable children in communities affected by HIV, AIDS and poverty in South Africa. We believe that every child deserves access to the Protection, Healthcare, Nourishment and Education that they need in order to fulfil their potential.
In 2001 a group of south Africa friends living in London disheartened by the rising number of HIV/AIDS orphans in South Africa decided that something had to be done. Inspired by the Starfish Parable, they resolved to begin helping one child at a time, and so the Starfish Greathearts Foundation was born.
Since then, we have helped thousands of children, with branches in South Africa, Australia, the USA and the UK. We exist to change the lives of orphaned or vulnerable children in communities affected by HIV, AIDS and poverty in South Africa.
We Provide Creches and after school 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.
Our Starfish trained care workers identify vulnerable children in the community and provide holistic are. 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, a longer term solution to food insecurity and a space to learn about health eating.
We run mobile health 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.