Starfish Greathearts Foundation gives Life, Hope and Opportunity to children orphaned and vulnerable by partnering with Community Based Organisations to ensure that they are Valued, Protected and Empowered to realise their dreams.

Bulungula Incubator

Eastern Cape

Bulungula Incubator (BI) is a non-profit organisation, located along the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape, in one of the most remote and poorest areas of the country, according to the latest census. BI aims to sustainably end poverty in a generation while enhancing community life and cohesiveness. 

They believe there is no ‘silver bullet’, no single approach,  that enables a path out of poverty. Since 2007, BI has been implementing projects from Preconception-to-Career across education, healthcare, sustainable livelihoods, and youth development. Their projects always seek to enhance the positive aspects of traditional rural life and mitigate the problematic aspects. 

Keiskamma Trust

Eastern Cape

The Keiskamma Trust (originally the Keiskamma Art Project Trust) was established in 2000, by Dr. Carol Baker. The Keiskamma’s vision is to provide inspiration and income generation opportunities to the extremely poor women in the remote rural villages of Hamburg, Bodiam and Bell.

The Keiskamma Trust is a rural development NGO that works in Hamburg Primary School. The programme was established in response to the expressed and observed needs of children in the South Peddie Area. Centres have also been established in Lovers Twist and Mgababa villages.

Agape Family Ministries

Western Cape

Agape Family Ministries was founded in 1994. The vision is to redirect the lives of vulnerable children and families toward their God-given potential and destinies. Agape Family Ministries is a faith based organisation providing services to children that are orphaned, vulnerable and/ disabled through:

  • ECD centres
  • Empowering special needs children by means of rehabilitation, skills development & holistic care.
  • Educating and empowering care givers and teachers to strengthen support to children & families.

Ethembeni Community Centre

Kwazulu Natal

We exist to inspire hope and faith, enabling positive  transformation within families

We serve the community through :

Maternal Health : 

Aimed at the first 1000 days of life, from the start of pregnancy until a child’s 2nd birthday. We work closely with  the Howick and Mpophomeni clinics, engaging with women and educating them about pregnancy, birth and motherhood. We have a pregnancy centre in Mpophomeni which is a safe space for pregnant women and moms with babies and toddlers where we run ante-natal classes, moms and tots groups, counselling and fathers support groups. 

Education Support : 

Our Education Support centre works with 50/60 school children per day. These children receive homework assistance and extra classes in English, math and reading. We have a mentorship programme where we  focus on the personal development of each child. 

Each Friday is a fun Friday where we run extra activities for the children such as cooking/baking, sewing, vegetable gardening and traditional dancing.

Family Support : 

We visit 26 vulnerable families every Thursday where we provide food relief and spiritual care. We encourage and try to facilitate community gardens with these families for self-sustainability.


KwaZulu Natal

Vukukhanye is a non-profit and public benefit organisation which was formed in 2001 in response to the threat to child and family welfare caused by the HIV and AIDS epidemic in South Africa and the reality experienced in the community of Chesterville (Cato Manor, eThekwini). Vukukhanye’s initial response was the establishment of a children’s foster home to care for orphans and vulnerable children. Since then our objectives have expanded to include early childhood development, school and tertiary bursaries, as well as the community-based support of vulnerable children and families. Services provided by Vukukhanye include…


  • Operation of the Vukukhanye Educare Centre (est. 2012) which enrols 45 children under 6 years of age. Children also receive two meals per day.
  • A Children’s Foster Home (est. 2001) caring for up 6 orphans and vulnerable children. Seventy-nine children cared for to date.
  • A Bursary Project (est. 2008) offering long-term renewable bursaries to 5 bursars, mainly from Chesterville schools; with 18 graduates to date.

The support of vulnerable children and families in Chesterville through home-visits, counselling and material support (e.g. infant formula, food, household consumables and school needs).

Thy Kingdom Care Centre


Thy Kingdom Care Centre is an NPO established in 2012 operating as a drop-in Centre providing social and health care services to orphans and vulnerable across the Sedibeng District. The organization has programs such as caring for Orphans and Vulnerable Children and health care services for HIV/AIDS infected clients, teenage pregnancy education, adherence support clubs as well as HIV/AIDS counselling and prevention of mother to child transmission

We highly emphasize our slogan ‘’Transforming Minds’’ we aim at transforming and stimulating positive behaviour and mindset to the youth of tomorrow and provide self-sustainable programmes. Our objective is to help eradicate hunger amongst South Africans, mainly the orphaned and vulnerable in the absence of parents due to the pandemic. Thy Kingdom provide supports on the ground for children and youth, key populations and women and girls in the community of Sedibeng District.

Thy Kingdom Care Centre since its establishment it was designed to respond to the national strategic plan with the 90 90 90 strategies to ensure that 90% of people getting tested, 90% knowing their status and 90% adherent to medication. Thy Kingdom intervention programmes included Adherence Clubs and Support groups programme implemented within Sedibeng District working together with the Department of health to support and encourage people living with HIV and on ART.

Zisize Educational Trust


Zisize is located in Ingwavuma, a remote rural area of northern KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. Ingwavuma is more than 250km away from the nearest industrial centre, Richards Bay, and 420km from Durban. Rarely is it to be found on maps of the area and many people in the province have never heard of it! Zisize’s projects operate in this area bordered by Mozambique to the north, Swaziland to the West and the Pongola River to the South and East. about all aspects of the

Zisize’s projects are situated in the northernmost tip of KwaZulu-Natal around the small ‘town’ of Ingwavuma. The two Children’s Centres are 50km apart, along back-breaking dirt roads. The projects operate in an area of 2100km2 bordered by Mozambique to the north, Swaziland to the West and the Pongola River to the South and East. Zisize’s work covers certain areas in the three-uMkhanyakude local municipal areas which are Jozini, Mhlabuyalingana and Big 5 Hlabisa.

Zisize is a Zulu word meaning ‘self help’and this is the ethos of the Zisize (Ingwavuma) Educational Trust. Zisize’s main focus is to support orphans and vulnerable children to reach their full potential and become independent, contributing members of society. We encourage those who  use the organization to no longer be part of the problems that face these  impoverished areas, but rather to be part of the solution towards a brighter future .Zisize Educational Trust cares about all aspects of the children’s lives and aims to provide for all their needs: food, education, health and wellness, protection, stimulation, life skills, psychological therapy ,practical and emotional support.


KwaZulu Natal

Bongimpilo ECD Centre is located in KwaNgcolosi (Mshazi area). The creche is running to capacity with 60 pre-school children enrolled from the surrounding community.

Bongimpilo provides early childhood development services for children under six years of age in the rural Kwangcolosi area, Durban. Kwangcolosi is a rural, impoverished area found at the base of the Valley of a 1000 hills. The organization works to ensure that children are in a safe and stimulating environment. Services provided:

  • Early Childhood Development
  • Daily Nutritional Support

Taimid Ag Fas Community Project

Eastern Cape

Taimid Ag Fas was established in Franklin about 20-30 Kilometres away from Kokstad. The centre aims to make a positive difference to the lives of Franklin Community including the surrounding areas by providing support and assistance to needy and vulnerable families.

The centre main focus is to support children and youth so that they all achieve their highest potential.

Ncedani Makhoba

Eastern Cape

Ncedani Makhoba is located in Afsondering village, a rural disadvantaged community that is plagued with high rates of unemployment and poverty. They started with a drop-in centre but now operates with two programmes namely Early Childhood Development Centre and Drop In Centre. 

Programme Activities:

After school care programme       

Early Childhood Development Services
Provision of daily meals               

Sport and recreational activities

Siphumelele Isisekelo CBO


Siphumelele Isikelo CBO started to operate under the banner of Sinosizo Sisinke Isikelo Orphanage and Child Care Centre, which is based in Nomlacu Village. The centre operates at Mt Zion Village taking care of Orphaned and Vulnerable Children. Siphumelele Isikelo was formed to intervene in challenges of direct consequences due to HIV/AIDS pandemic, high rate of unemployment, poverty and neglect of Children. This has led to an ever-growing number of Orphaned and Vulnerable Children in the area. Siphumelele addresses these needs by providing programmes and support that includes a drop-in centre that will offer structured after-school activities such as life skills, career guidance, HIV/AIDS and sexual reproductive health for the children. They also provide daily meals for Children as part of their Nutrition programme. They have recently established a community vegetable garden to feed needy families and OVC children.

Khanya-Nkwenkwezi CBO

Eastern Cape

Khanya Nkwenkwezi is based in Lusikisiki – a large rural area encompassing several dozen villages centred in Lusikisiki in the district of Pondoland, with the help of Friends in Ireland, Khanya Nkwenkwezi was established and a plot of land was acquired from the King and Queen of Pondo in 2004.

Confronted with new challenges such as ever- growing of HIV/AIDS: and the subsequent rising levels of child-headed families, orphans and vulnerable children, both Khanya Nkwenkwezi and the Friends in Ireland recruited the volunteers to provide much-needed support to the communities 2009. The area is characterised by poverty and high rate of unemployment.

Maboloka Tumelong Haven & Day Care

North West


Tumelong Mission is a non profit, Public Benefit organisation focusing on mission & community development.

Tumelong Mission was established in 1939 as a mission and development wing of the Diocese of Pretoria to focus on the actual needs of the people and to provide material and other means of support to those in need regardless of religion, race or creed. Tumelong aims to build a self-sustainable quality of life through the provision of skills and support to the needy and vulnerable to overcome hunger, poverty and unemployment.

Aquina Cares ECD Centre

Kwazulu Natal

Aquina Cares ECD Pre School is a creche in Mount Moriah & Kwa-mashu communities. Where most of the people rely on social grants and temporary work.

Aquina provides early childhood development services for children aged 18 months to 5 years. The organization works to ensure that children are in a safe and stimulating environment. Services provided:

  • Safe, secure and nurturing childhoods in which children grow, play, learn, and develop their fuII potential.
  • To provide a very good foundation of education.