The Starfish Greathearts Foundation is an international development charity that aims to bring life, hope and opportunity to children orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS in South Africa.
Starfish was founded in 2001 by a group of young South Africans living in London. The name was derived from an adaptation of Loren Eisely’s ‘The Star Thrower’.
An old man had a habit of early morning walks along the beach. One day as he looked down the shore, he saw a human figure moving like a dancer. As he came closer, he saw that it was a young woman and she was not dancing but was reaching down to the sand, picking up starfish and very gently throwing them into the ocean.
“Young lady, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?”
“The sun is up and the tide is going out, and if I do not throw them in they will die,” she replied.
“But there are millions of them, what difference can it possibly make?” he asked.
The young woman listened politely, paused and then bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea, past the breaking waves, saying “It made a difference to that one!”
Starfish believes that we can all make a difference in the lives of children, one child at a time.
South Africa has more than 450 children that are being orphaned daily. The total number of children orphaned and made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS is 1 990 000. While these statistics are devastating, there is hope and Starfish firmly believes that together we can brighten the future of these children. With help, these children can grow up, achieve their dreams and become contributing members of the society.
Starfish partners with community-based organisations that provide counselling, food parcels and daily nutrition, access to social and educational grants and home visits to these children.
Starfish believes in the power of stories, inspired by the real life stories of the children of South Africa. It is Starfish's privilege to help make their dreams come true.
“With you Starfish everything is really possible, life is challengeable, life is easier and life is enjoyable.” (Kgaugelo Rambawa)
“What is done by Starfish’s donation to the project is just like heart pumping blood through veins in the human body.” (CBO, Isipho)
With on-going support, the Starfish Greathearts Foundation is able to continue making an impact in children’s lives across South Africa.
Clothing donations given to some children Playing in the playground at the Starfish supported
Creche activities underway at an Early Children receiving blanket donations
Childhood Development Centre
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