• Social jewellery

    Wear something you love and contribute to a great cause!!

    Our jewellery is super light in weight, waterproof and comfortable to wear. It is sustainable and you will wear our products for years. Above all we care that all 22STARS items are fabricated in a socially responsible manner that is friendly to the environment and gives back! All 22STARS products are handmade from 100% recycled paper by women from Acholi and Jinja who survived the war in Northern Uganda.

    By purchasing our jewellery you make an impact on their lives and help ensuring a better future for their children, whose education we are supporting through the foundation 22STARS.

     

  • The story behind our jewellery

    22STARS jewellery is founded by Stella Romana Airoldi, who has designed most pieces herself and made them together with Ugandan artisans to empower them to rise above poverty. The designs are inspired by Stella’s nomadic travels around the world and in particular her adventures in more than 20 countries in Africa. Each piece of jewellery is hand-crafted from 100% recycled paper by one of forty 22STARS empowered women. We buy old posters, bottle labels and magazines, then the artisans cut the paper in triangle shapes of various sizes, roll them up, glue them and varnish them! Every bead is waterproof, shiny and hard. Once the beads are ready the designing starts! After that Stella finds a market for the jewellery in and outside of Uganda. So far we sell the jewellery in more than 10 countries worldwide, and we are happy if you would want to support us by becoming a wholesaler.

    Our products are hand-made from recycled paper!

    This product-based model empowered our families in the slums of Kampala and Jinja since 2013 and helped us carrying out our social programs on the ground. The 22STARS artisans and their families fled during the war with the LRA from Northern Uganda to Kampala and faced many challenges; many of them are illiterate, hiv positive and traumatized. 22STARS enables them to get their self-respect back and earn a living for their families.
    Moreover, the artisans making jewellery are the mothers of the children that our foundation is supporting since 2017, by covering their school fees and providing them uniforms, so every time you make a purchase, you are not just supporting the work of our talented women artisans, but also the education of their children.
    Once you purchase a piece of jewellery you will receive it with the name and card of the artisan attached to it. Look up your artisan’s name and send her a message through our website, or even meet her in person if you travel to Uganda.

  • Meet our artisans

    Let us introduce you to our amazing team of women designers of our social jewellery collection.

    Onoba Harriet

    ​Jinja designers

    Onoba Harriet is 40 years old. She is originally from the Northern part of Uganda but moved to Jinjia during the long civil war that affected the country, in the hope to find better life conditions.
    She has 5 children, and one of them, Onoba Joshua, is supported by the foundation 22STARS through the provision of school fees and school uniform. The foundation in 2017 has also provided Harriet with a small business training, through which she has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects (strategic, financial etc). Harriet is very grateful for the training received, as her dream would be to open a craft shop.

    Katusabe Ruth

    ​Jinja designers

    Katusabe Ruth is 39 years old. She is from one of the poorest areas in Jinja called Danida village. She is divorced and has to take care on her own of her 4 children. Her living conditions are very difficult and she has been asking us for help in order to sponsor the education of her children. Her dream is to have her own business to be able to build her home.

    Namwase Annet

    ​Jinja designers

    Namwase Annet is 36 years old. She is living in one of the poorest areas in Jinja called Danida village, where she takes care of someone else’s house. She is married and has 8 children, and one of them, Kisakye Ivan, is supported by the foundation 22STARS through the provision of school fees and school uniform. The foundation in 2017 has also provided Annet with a small business training, through which she has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects (strategic, financial etc). Annet is very grateful for the training received, as her dream would be to set up her own business to and be able to buy land and build her own home.

    Muwanguzi Betty

    ​Jinja designers

    Muwanguzi Betty is 36 years old. She is living in one of the poorest areas in Jinja called Danida village. She is married with 7 children, one of which, Katusabe Ganda, is supported by the foundation 22STARS through the provision of school fees and school uniform. The foundation in 2017 has also provided Betty with a small business training, through which she has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects (strategic, financial etc). She is very grateful for the training received, as her dream would be to have her own business to be able to provide better financial support to her family.

    Nekesa Rebecca Mulungi

    ​Jinja designers

    Nekesa Rebecca Mulungi is 30 years old. She is living in one of the poorest areas in Jinja called Danida village, because with her salary she cannot afford to move to a better area. She is a single mother with one child, Nakityo Samantha, who is supported by the foundation 22STARS through the provision of school fees and school uniform. The foundation in 2017 has also provided Rebecca with a small business training, through which she has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects (strategic, financial etc). Rebecca is very grateful for the training received, as her dream would be to have her own business and be able to build her own home.

    Kisakye Sylvia

    ​Jinja designers

    Kisakye Sylvia is 27 years old. She is living in one of the poorest areas in Jinja called Danida village. She is married and has 8 children, one of which, Mwanguya Samuel, is supported by the foundation 22STARS through the provision of school fees and school uniform. The foundation in 2017 has also provided Sylvia with a small business training, through which she has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects (strategic, financial etc). Sylvia is very grateful for the training received, as her dream would be to earn enough money to buy some land and build her own home.

    Nechwera Grace

    ​Jinja designers

    Nachwera Grace is 37 years old. She is living in Danida village in Jinja, because with her salary she cannot afford to move to a better area. She is married and has 6 children, one of which is supported by the foundation 22STARS through the provision of school fees and school uniform. The foundation in 2017 has also provided Grace with a small business training, through which she has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects (strategic, financial etc). Grace is very grateful for the training received, as her dream would be to have her own business to be able to build her own home.

    Aboo Norah

    ​Jinja designers

    Aboo Norah is 45years old. She is living in one of the poorest areas in Jinja called Danida village, because the rent is low and since her husband left her she has to support on her own her five children and she cannot afford to move to a better area. One of her children is sponsored by the foundation 22STARS through the provision of school fees and school uniform. The foundation in 2017 has also provided Norah with a small business training, through which she has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects (strategic, financial etc). She is very grateful for the training received, as her dream would be to set up her own nursery school or day care centre.

    Joy Nabikye

    ​Jinja designers

    Joy was born in Eastern Uganda on 16/05/1989. She has two children, Munusi Lucky and Nabulaga Jalsi. She used to have two more children, but they died of illness when they were infant. Besides necklaces she is selling soap to support her family, but her income is very low and she has to walk a lot every day to reach her customers. Her husband is a bodaboda driver (a motorbike taxi), and gets paid very little. The couple has a lot of problems because of his infidelities, but they cannot divorce.

    One of Joy's children, Munus Lucky, is supported by the foundation 22STARS through the provision of school fees and school uniform. The foundation in 2017 has also provided Joy with a small business training, through which she has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects (strategic, financial etc).

    Nyandira Margret

    ​Jinja designers

    Margriet (62) was born in the Masindi district in Uganda and moved to Jinja as a child, and lives in one of the poorest areas, called Danida village. 

    Margriet went to school up to primary 4, but because of poverty her parents could not afford to send her to school for longer. Margriet is a widow and has 6 children and 12 grandchildren, who all went/go to school and now look after her. She is often ill, but she does not want to be depended on the help from others all the time. That’s why she started making jewellery.

    One of her grandchildren is supported by the foundation 22STARS through the provision of school fees and school uniform. The foundation in 2017 has also provided Margriet with a small business training, through which she has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects (strategic, financial etc). She is very grateful for the training received, as her dream would be to be able to buy land and build her own home.

    Kasadha Faith Mpanaguye

    ​Jinja designers

    Faith (55) was born in Buikwe district in Uganda. She came to Jinja to find a job about 30 years ago. Faith speaks Usoga, Swahili and Luganda, but never went to school. She became an orphan when she was still very young; both her parents died of aids. To earn a living Faith makes jewellery and does some farming. She has 6 children and 10 grandchildren with whom she lives, in a hut made of mud with thatched-grass roofs or corrugated iron roofs.

    One of her grandchildren is supported by the foundation 22STARS through the provision of school fees and school uniform. The foundation in 2017 has also provided Faith with a small business training, through which she has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects (strategic, financial etc). Faith is very grateful for the training received, as her dream would be to open a business to be able to support her children and grandchildren.

    Mukisa Scovia Kwagala

    ​Jinja designers

    Mukisa Scovia (31 years old) was born in Kamoli District in Eastern Uganda. She has 6 children, two of which are supported by the foundation 22STARS through the provision of school fees and uniforms. The foundation in 2017 has also provided Mukisia with a small business training, through which she has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects (strategic, financial etc). She was so happy to learn how to run her own business as she dreams of opening her own beauty salon, and be able to support her children. For the moment she engages in various informal jobs to support her children education, as her husband's salary alone is not sufficient.

    Kisakye Zuena

    Jinja designers

    Kisakye Zuena (60 years old) was born in Mbale in East Uganda.

    Zuena has 6 children and 9 grandchildren. Her husband died many years ago.

    She now lives with five of her grandchildren who take care of her.

    One of her children is supported by the foundation 22STARS through the provision of school fees and school uniform. The foundation in 2017 has also provided Zuena with a small business training, through which she has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects (strategic, financial etc).

    Wafula Aidah

    ​Jinja designers

    Aidah Wafula was born on 25/7/1974 and is the beautiful wife of the 22STARS ambassador Pastor David Wafula. Since 2014 Aidah moved to Jinjia, where she helps the women in the Acholi Quarter. She is a teacher by profession and has four children: Esther, Vicky, Samantha and Ethan, three of which are sponsored by the foundation 22STARS, that provides them the school uniform and pays for their school fees. For 22STARS Aida meets with our designers and gives them support and counselling, through which she helps them to solve problems and stay positive about the future.

    Aida is also a talented designer and passes her skills on to the other women. The foundation 22STARS in 2017 has provided Aida with a small business training, through which she has learnt to operate a business successfully in all its aspects (strategic, financial etc).

    Onduru Mary

    Acholi quarter designers ​

    Onduru Mary was born on 10th August 1962 in Arua Marracha and she has been living in the Acholi Quarter for almost 22 years. Her husband died with HIV and she is now alone taking care of her 5 kids by herself. Only one of them, Amina, who is 17 years old, is sponsored by 22 Stars.
    Mary migrated from Sudan to Kampala because of the LRA conflict and besides making jewelry she
    works in the stone quarry. She has also been participating in the entrepreneurship program for her stone quarry business.
    Her life has been impacted by this program as has managed to save money and already built a small house for herself.

    Mary’s inspirational quote:

    “When my husband died that was tough, but I kept on dream of going to a better place away from here and having a better house and giving my kids a better future”.

    Alum Kevin

    Acholi quarter designers

    Alum Kevin was born on 1st January 1968 in Kitgum Lagoro and she has been living in Acholi Quarter for 25 years. Her husband died of HIV and she escaped from the LRA conflict after her mother was killed. All of her brothers and sisters were tortured and they are mentally traumatized because of that, whereas she is still trying to overcome the pain.
    She is HIV positive and she struggles to save money to take care of her disease. She currently makes jewelry and also participates in the business program for extracting and sending oil to the villages. Thanks to the 22STARS jewelry program she has managed to save money to buy food and school material for her kids.

    Alum's inspirational quote: “I’m trying hard to overcome my mental problems because of the war and I’m grateful to the 22 stars for putting me together with all these women and help me get a better future for me and my kids, because I dream about living longer”.

     

    Odong Janet

    Acholi quarter designers

    Odong Janet was born on 28th August 1967 in Dokolo Lira and she came to Kampala 25 years ago running away from the war. She is HIV positive and her husband died for HIV and she is now alone taking care of her biological child and 4 grandchildren. Two of the children are sponsored by the 22Stars Foundation. Besides making jewelry Janet also participated in the business program with her retail shop. Thanks to this program she has been able to earn money for food and some basic school expenses for her children.

    Janet's inspirational quote: “Although I am HIV positive and I’ve been abused by my husband’s relatives, I want a better future for my grandchildren. I want to send them all to school and to have my own house, because I believe we all deserve better”.

     

    Anena Jennifer

    Acholi quarter designers

    Anena Jennifer was born on 6th February 1993 in Lamor Agoro and she has been living in the Acholi quarters for 11 years.
    When her parents were killed by the LRA her uncle took care of her, but when he died she was mistreated by his wife. She has been diagnosed with epilepsia and for this reason her husban left her, and she is now a single mother taking care of her 3 kids.
    Jennifer in the past had a really hard time because the whole community would look badly upon her disease but thanks to the counseling of Susan Laker she is now in a better situation. Her daughter Sophia is also sponsored by the 22 stars kids Foundation.
    Jennifer doesn’t have any other income besides making jewelry, so for her being part of this program was really importante because she has managed to rent a house and provide food for her kids and school materials for Sophia.

     

     

    Akumu Beatrice

    Acholi quarter designers

    Akumu Beatrice was born on 4th May 1990 in Badebe Lamo and she has been living in the Acholi for about 13 years. She lost her mother during the war and she got married when she was really young. Since her husband left her for another woman, she is now a single mother taking care on her own of her two kids. Besides making jewelry she works in a factory but she doesn’t earn much. However thanks to the 22STARS foundation she has been able to rent a house and save some money.

    Beatrice's inspirational quote: “I’m so grateful for having a job and also for being part of the 22 stars jewelry community. I really want to keep working hard so that I can get a better house and a better future for my kids”.

     

    Aketo Rose

    Acholi quarter designers

    Aketo Rose was born on 15th January 1964 in Gulu Godown and she has been living in the Acholi quarter for about 30 years. She is a widow, as her husband was killed by the LRA and she managed to escape to Kampala and survived. She has also lost two children.
    She is now supporting her 2 remaining children and five granchildren.
    Besides making jewelry she sells charcoal in the local market, and she is now able to provide for her children and grandchildren with food and the house rent.

    Rose's inspirational quote: “Losing two of my kids and taking care of my grandchildren is really hard. But it was even worse not having money to buy food for them nor to have the chance to give them a better future. But I never gave up and even now that I have some income I really want to have my own house and be able to give my grandchildren a better future.”

    Asayo Odyak Beatrice

    Acholi quarter designers

    Asayo Beatrice was born on 25th December 1977 in Dokolo Lira and she has been living in the Acholi quarter for 10 years. Beatrice lost all her brothers and sisters to the LRA and their homes were destroyed, but she managed to escape to Kampala and survived. She is still married with her husband but they do not have a good relationship because he often goes with other women.
    She has been diagnosed with gonorrhea, and has to take care of her own 5 kids and 4 other children. Two of them, Moses and Marita, are sponsored by the 22STARS foundation. Besides making jewelry Beatrice sells mobile items.
    She has now managed to earn enough money to be able to buy food and medications to cure her disease.
    She now dreams of a better future for her kids and of being able to buy a house.

    Auma Scovia

    Acholi quarter designers

    Auma Scovia was born on 3rd May 1992 in Badebe Lamo and she has been living in the Acholi quarters for 8 years. Most of the people from her village were abducted and killed by the LRA so she escaped to Kampala and managed to save her life. She is not married but she is living with her partner and has 3 kids, two of which (Daniela and Emanuel) are sponsored by 22STARS.
    Scovia does not have any other income besides making jewelry, so she is really grateful for the opportunity that 22STARS gave her to work as well as supporting the school fees of her kids.
    Thanks to the profit she makes by selling the beads she has been able to provide her children with food and pay the house rent.

    Scovia's inspirational quote: “I didn’t go to school, I’m illiterate but I’m so grateful to see my kids are going to school and I really dream of a better future for them”

    wn house not having to pay for a rented one”.

     

    Achayo Nancy 

    Acholi quarter designers

    Achayo Nancy was born on 5th December 1994 in Koch Goma and she is has been living in the Acholi Quarter for the past 9 years. She was very young when the LRA arrived to her village, but her mother protected her by hiding her in the bush and saved her life.
    She was also very young when she got married and she was forced to abort one time, as her husband did not want her to have another girl.
    Nancy has been really traumatized by this experince. She now lives with her husband and their 2 kids. One of them, Elizabeth, is sponsored by 22STARS.
    Nancy does not have any other income besides making jewelry but thanks to the program is now able to earn some money to buy some food and clothes for herself and her kids.

    Nancy's inspirational quote: “If I could give anyone an advice that would be: don’t get married at a early age! You won’t be ready to take care of your children nor think about getting a real job or preparing your future and your children’s future”

     

    Adero Evalyn

    Acholi quarter designers

    Achayo Nancy was born on 5th December 1994 in Koch Goma and she is has been living in the Acholi Quarter for the past 9 years. She was very young when the LRA arrived to her village, but her mother protected her by hiding her in the bush and saved her life.
    She was also very young when she got married and she was forced to abort one time, as her husband did not want her to have another girl.
    Nancy has been really traumatized by this experince. She now lives with her husband and their 2 kids. One of them, Elizabeth, is sponsored by 22STARS.
    Nancy does not have any other income besides making jewelry but thanks to the program is now able to earn some money to buy some food and clothes for herself and her kids.

    Nancy's inspirational quote: “If I could give anyone an advice that would be: don’t get married at a early age! You won’t be ready to take care of your children nor think about getting a real job or preparing your future and your children’s future”

     

    Lanyero Stella

    Acholi quarter designers

    Lanyero Stella was born in 1985 in Kitgum Lagoro and she has been living in the Acholi Quarter for the past 15 years. She does not know her exact date of birth and since her and Stella have the same name and are born in 1985 they decided to celebrate their birthday together last year (2017). That was her first time ever celebrating her birthday! She is separated from her husband who moved away and is not supporting his children.
    Stella has been also diagnosed with gonorreha, and has been discriminated by her extended family because of this and because she has 3 children from 2 different man.

    Two of her children (Emmanuel and Joel) are sponsored by the Foundation 22STARS. Besides making jewelry Stella sells fruit in the streets. Thanks to the jewelry program she has been able to earn enough money to buy food for her children, school materials and to rent a house.
    She now dreams of earning enough money to buy the materials she needs for her shop and to be able to earn more money to provide her children with a better future.

    Stella's inspirational quote: “Be strong in your heart because there isn’t a single condition that will last forever. Everything will get better.”

     

    Anena Beatrice

    Acholi quarter designers

    Anena Beatrice was born on 10th October 1968 in Gulu Pece and she has been living in the Acholi Quarter for 17 years.
    She had 8 kids, but three of them died, one was killed while she was running away from the LRA and the other two died malaria.
    She is now a widow because her husband died of HIV (she is also HIV positive).
    Four of her children are sponsored by 22STARS and she is now part of the jewelry program. Besides the jewellery she sells pest and she is part of the businness program. She is now able to provide food for her family, buy school materials for her kids and was also able to build her own house.
    She dreams of providing her children with a better future and also be able to take care of her HIV and live longer.

    Beatrice's inspirational quote: “I dream about living in a place where I can take care of my children properly and also take care of my HIV so I can live longer.”

     

     

    Atim Alice 

    Acholi quarter designers

    Atim Alice was born on 14th April 1974 in Gulu and she has been living in the Acholi quarter for 11 years. She is a widow as her husband died of heart failure.
    She is the mother of Melissa, the only graduated girl among 22 stars sponsored kids. Alice is working in a factory besides being part of the 22 stars jewelry program. Thanks to her income she was able to provide school materials and transportation fees to her daughter until she completed the school. Now she dreams of building her own house as well as having a big grocery shop to be able to leave the factory, as she is currently not well paid.
    She is also in the 22 stars business program, for selling sweet potatoes and charcoal.

    Alice's inspirational quote: Thanks to 22STARS I could dream of having a better life, as well as be strong enough to go through my husband’s death. Thanks to them, my daughter graduated and now I am saving money to be able to build my own house and open my own grocery shop."

     

     

    Auma Hellen

    Acholi quarter designers

    Auma Hellen was born on 9th January 1981 in Kitgum Pakabule and she has been living in the Acholi quarters for almost 19 years. During the LRA conflict, both her parents were abducted and killed and that’s why she moved to Kampala. She is now living with her husband but she is mistreated by him, and he doesn’t pay the school nor helps her with their 8 kids. At the moment, just only one of them, Fiona, is sponsored by the Foundation 22STARS.
    Besides making jewelry, Hellen sells cereals at the market, and she has been able to make enough money to take care of her kids and start a new business.

    Hellen's inspirational quote: “I advice all the ladies to stay strong and stick together because nothing lasts forever and there is time for everything, you just have to be strong and patient.”

     

     

    Amolo Stella 

    Acholi quarter designers

    Amolo Stella was born on 6th April 1986 in Lapono Agago and she has been living in Acholi for 7 years. When the LRA conflict began they put 96 people in a home and killed them, but she could escape. She is living with her husband and she has five kids. Four of them are sponsored by the 22 Stars (Prisca, Joshua, Flavia and Elizabeth). She is part of the 22 Stars jewelry program and she has now started a small bar with the money she saved. She dreams of getting a bigger house for her children and continue paying their school fees so that they can have a better future and a better life.

    Stella’s inspirational quote: “Families should stick together and be strong, you know. One of my daughters, Elizabeth, was sick very recently and she had to do a surgery. Thanks to 22 Stars she was able to do it, as someone (Stefanie) paid for it. Now Elizabeth is fine and recovered and I can continue working to give all my children a better future”.

     

     

    Achan Grace 

    Acholi quarter designers

    Achan Grace was born on 25th November 1975 in Pabo Amuru but she has been living in Acholi Quarters for 24 years. She is a widow, as her husband died working as a soldier in Somalia. When the LRA conflict happened they abducted all the people from her family and and took power in her village, but she managed to escape to Kampala and saved her life.
    She has 6 kids and one of them, Isaac, is sponsored by 22 Stars. Besides making jewelry Grace works as a tailor and she is enrolled in the 22STARS business program. Thanks to the jewelry program, she was able to take tailoring lessons and to take care of her kids when her husband died.

    Grace's inspirational quote: “You cannot let your life depend on a man, you have to be grateful for having your life and freedom. I got counseling from other women and that made me stronger.”

     

     

    Adong Neckolina  

    Acholi quarter designers

    Adong Neckolina was born on 1st May 1978 in Lapono Agago and she has been living in the Acholi quarters for 15 years. In her village many people were killed by the LRA but she was able to save her life and escape to Kampala with her family, where they stayed for three months in a refugee camp and received counseling on how to overcome the fear and be strong and positive. For this reason she now believes that anyone can get out of bad situations.
    Neckolina is living with her husband and she is taking care of her 11 kids, four of which are sponsored by 22STARS. Thanks to the jewelry program she was able to provide food and clothes for her family and rent a little house. She dreams of having a better home and a better future for her children.

    Neckolina's inspirational quote: “I believe anyone can overcome bad situations as I did after the LRA conflict. Your life is worth it.”

    Achan Scovia 

    Acholi quarter designers

    Achan Scovia was born on 1st February 1991 in Kitgum Putika and she has been living in the Acholi quarter for 24 years, and fortunately she did not personally go through the LRA conflict. However she has been suffering a lot because one of her children a few years ago was poisoned and died.
    Besides being in the jewelry program, she works in the stone quarry and thanks to 22STARS she was able to buy clothes and food for her children. Now she wants them to have a better future and to be able to buy a house.

    Scovia's inspirational quote: “Stay strong and always with your eyes open. You are the one taking care of your children and you never know what others can do. Be grateful for what you have and fight as much as you can to have more.”

    Ojiru Santina 

    Acholi quarter designers

    Ojiru Santina was born on 31st January 1998 in a place called Arua Ivu. She moved to Acholi quarters 5 years ago and now she is living with her husband. At first she had a lot of troubles as her stepfather did not want to send her daughter Winnie to school, and when the foundation 22STARS intervened to offer a sponsorship he did not accept. However after a long negotiation he accepted the help and now two of their children are being sponsored (Esther and Winnie).
    Besides making jewelry in the 22STARS program Santina also sells rice and cakes to the children and help their parents at home.
    She has enrolled in the 22STARS business program, thanks to which she has recently started her own business. She now dreams of getting a better home for her family and she hopes that her husband changes so that they can educate their kids better and with more support.

    Lapobo Josephine

    Acholi quarter designers

    Lapobo Josephine was born on 20th October 1982 in Pader Agago and she has been living in the Acholi Quarters for almost 22 years, since the time when she escaped from her village where her parents were killed by the LRA. She lives with her husband and they have six kids, five of which are sponsored by 22STARS (Regan, Gabriel, Caroline, Mary and Sandra). Josephine always tries to be strong and focused on the work she has to do to fulfill her dreams: buying a tailoring machine and build a bigger house, and for this reason she has been saving money.
    Besides being part of the 22 Stars jewelry program, she works in the stone quarry.

    Josephine’s inspirational quote: “Being part of the 22 Stars jewelry program is being such a nice experience and opportunity! I’m now renting my house with the money of the beads and investing part of it, so I can buy the tailoring machine I’m dreaming about. I would also like to build a bigger house for me and my children.”

    Achan Grace

    Acholi quarter designers

    Achan Grace was born on 31st January 1985 in Kitgum Lagoro and she has been living in the Acholi Quarter for 8 years. During the LRA all of her family homes were destroyed and her parents were killed, and for this reason she moved to Kitgum town where she was employed as a maid, until she went to live with her husband at the age of 14.
    She is now a single mother as she is separated from her husband that took their three kids and brought them to the village, because he did not want to send them to school with the 22STARS program. Grace is also HIV positive and suffered a lot of discrimination because of that.
    Grace is in the 22STARS jewelry program making beads, and besides that she sells local brew and charcoal, and she has enrolled the business program.
    She is now trying to save money from the beads she sells to go to a lawyer and be able to bring her kids back home, enrol them in school and be together with them. She also wants to continue developing her other business so she will be able to provide them with a better life.

    Grace's inspirational quote: “I want to continue working very hard because thanks to 22 Stars now I can see an opportunity to go to a lawyer and try to have my kids back home. I really want to be together with them and to have them in school. Their education is very important for their future.”

    Susan Laker

    Acholi quarter designers

    Susan Laker was born on 23 January 1982 in Gulu Lacho and she has been living in the Acholi quarter for 10 years. She ran to Kampala with her family the night in which their village was attacked by the rebels who killed almost all the neighbours.

    Susan’s first husband, a soldier, died in 1999. Her second husband went to Somalia in 2007 with the peacekeeping force and never returned. During that period Susan was diagnosed with HIV, cancer and tuberculosis, but after a successful treatment a year later she was cancer free, and although she has to take AntiViral treatment for the rest of her life, she is now good health.
    Susan moved to the slum of Acholi Quarter in Kampala in 2008 and started working in the stone quarry, which was detrimental for her health. She then learned to make paper beads and this way she started earning money and was able to improve her situation and was even able to go back to school herself.
    Susan soon became our team leader for the social jewellery enterprise, where she teaches other ladies of the Acholi quarter community to make jewellery and oversees the production and quality of our products.
    Once 22STARS foundation was opened all her three children (Derek, Peace Elizabeth, Dorika) were sponsored and she also became our local manager in Kampala.

    Auma Masi

    Acholi quarter designers

    Auma is 27 years old and she was born in Lira (Northern Uganda). Her main language is Lungi, but she also knows some English. Almost all the people living in her village of origin, Alebtong, were killed by the LRA in an assault led by Joseph Kony. Auma came in 2012 to Kampala, and she worked in the stone quarry until she joined the foundation 22STARS in May 2015 and learned to make jewellery.. Auma has 1 child and also takes care of her younger sister on her own because her husband left her and her parents died from HIV when she was 18 years old.
    She is happy because thanks to 22STARS she can see a future again for herself, her sister and her child.

     

    Akumu Ritah

    Jinja designers

    Akumu Ritah (28 years old) was born in the Danida slum in Jinja, and she went to school up until senior 4.
    She started to make paper beads in 2013. She would love to start her own beauty salon and she hopes that by selling the jewlery she will be able to make earn enough money to afford it. Ritah has also one son. She is a separated from the husband whom continues to support the child financially.
    Ritah looks forward to a bright future with her own business.

     

    Lucy Lanyero

    Acholi quarter designers

    Lucy Lanyero (52 years old) was born in Gulu, in Northern Uganda. Like many of our designers Lucy was directly affected by the LRA and war. She could not finish her school, because life in her village became very hard. Luckily her uncle was working for the Ugandan Airlines and got her a job for this company in Kampala where she worked for 16 years, after which she became unemployed and was not able to find a new job.
    Since Lucy could not afford the high rent in her old area, she moved to the Acholi Quarters with her sisters, enrolled in the 22STARS program and started learning how to make jewellery.
    She is a single mother of two children and she hopes with the jewlery business to be able to pay her school fees and give them a better future.

    Nanyanzi Rukia

    Jinja designers

    Nanyanzi Rukia (52 years old) was born in Jinja and she has two children.
    She speaks English, Luganda and Lusoka. She went to school until primary 7, then she worked for many years as a housemaid for an Indian family, however she stopped working there as they were paying her too little.
    She is divorced from her husband and is living with her youngest boy. Thanks to the money she makes from the jewellery she pays his school fees.

    Irene Irama

    Jinja designers

    Irene Irama (44 years old) was born in Jinja. She went to school up to primary 7. She has six children and she is separated from her husband, who however continues to support the kids financially, although sometimes he does not earn enough to support their basic needs.
    On top of the jewlery business that gives her some income, Irene has also a small chicken business.

    Eva Nazula

    Jinja designers

    Eva is 28 years old and was born in Jinja. She went to school up to primary 3 and speaks English, Luganda, Swahili and Lunyoli. She became at a very young age an orphan and was she was only 15 years old she got married and got her first child. She is still married with her husband and they have six children, and they live all live together in a small two room house in the Danida slums of Jinja. Sometimes there is not enough food for the family. Eva is thankful for the jewlery program because since she has learnt making paper beads she has been able to provide for her family.

     

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1.	General Conditions

You are able to enjoy our blog posts, and visit many areas of our websites without providing us with any personal information. However, we do collect personal information when you sign up to become a long-term sponsor of one of our 22stars kids, a monthly sponsor of our causes or subscribe to receive email alerts. By making a donation to our cause and/or by using our website, you (also called the “sponsor”) are agreeing to these Terms and Conditions, which you acknowledge that you have read and understood and that you agree to be bound by these Terms & Conditions. 

For more information, see our privacy policy.

2.	Use of material appearing on our website

All pictures on www.foundation22stars.org are taken by the 22STARS Foundation with permission of the children and their parents and care-takers. In keeping with our mission, we welcome sponsors to share the picture of their sponsored child and our projects for the purpose of sharing our story with their friends and to encourage others to also participate in our causes. This does not cover commercial use of our materials. Unless otherwise stated, the copyright and other rights on all material published on www.foundation22stars.org belongs to the 22STARS Foundation.

Requests for any other use or reproduction of our content, including commercial use, should be sent to Stella Airoldi through the following email address: info@foundation22stars.org

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Every precaution has been taken by the 22STARS Foundation to ensure that the content of this site is accurate, legally correct and ethical. 

Whilst all reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of content, no responsibility can be taken for any error or omission, nor can the 22STARS Foundation assume any liability for the content of websites linked to our site.
Should the 22STARS Foundation receive any complaint with regard to third party material on our site, we will review the matter and remove material at our sole discretion. We will have no further liability to either party in such instance.

Material on our site is given for the purposes of information or reporting only and should not be relied upon. Independent advice should be sought on financial and medical matters.

4.	Payments

22STARS Foundation accepts PayPal payments, direct bank transfers and donations through the specific campaigns set up for the 22STARS Foundation on Donorbox and GoFundMe as acceptable methods of payment. 

5.	Data protection and privacy

Please see our privacy policy for details of how personal data may be processed.

6.	Long-term sponsors of a child

If you like to become a long-term sponsor of one of our children we require your name and email address in order to send you all the information with regards to your child. Unless you like to be anonymous we publish your name on our website and or our social media channels. 

7.	 Cancellations of long-term sponsorships of the children

You can cancel any time your donation subscription to us and stop sponsoring your child. We would appreciate if you let us know immediately when you have the attention to stop the sponsorship, so that we are able to find a new long-term sponsor for the specific child. If 22STARS FOUDNATION has to stop the sponsorship with a certain child we will inform you straight ahead and we will find another child for you that you can continue sponsoring through his/her education. 

8.	Right to reallocate funds

The 22STARS foundation reserves the right to reallocate funds when necessary. Funds designated towards the support of a specific sponsor child or towards a specific project may at times need to be redirected. For example, if a change in the security situation makes the completion of a project unsafe, funds will be reallocated as appropriate. We work to avoid the reallocation of funds and only do so when necessary.


9.	Gofundme Campaign

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This Privacy Policy describes how and when the 22STARS FOUNDATION collects, uses, and shares information when you make a donation, contact us, or otherwise use our services through foundation22stars.org or its related sites and services. This Privacy Policy does not apply to the practices of third parties that we do not own or control. 

You are able to enjoy our blog posts, and visit many areas of our websites without providing us with any personal information. However, we do collect personal information when you sign up to become a long-term sponsor of one of our 22STARS kids, a monthly sponsor of our causes or subscribe to receive email alerts. By making a donation to our cause and/or by using our website, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions, which you acknowledge that you have read and understood and that you agree to be bound by these Terms & Conditions. 

1. Personal information 22STARS FOUNDATION collects

Information We Collect


To sponsor a specific child long-term, you must provide us with certain information, such as your name, email address, payment information, and the name of the child that you like to sponsor. This is necessary as we will send you regular updates with regards to the child that you sponsor and or our ongoing project. You may also choose to provide us with additional personal information if you contact us directly. 

We treat your information very confidential. If you like to be an anonymous sponsor of a child, or make an anonymous donation to one of our causes, we will not publish your name related to the cause or specific child anywhere. 

If you like to sponsor a child publicly we will put your name on our website and social media in relation to the specific child you sponsor or cause you made a donation to. We don’t publish any other details of you and don’t give your contact details to anyone outside of our organization, neither the child that you sponsor will receive your contact details.  

To make a general donation, you do not have to provide us with any data and hence can send us money which we treat as an absolute anonymous donation. 

2. The legal bases we rely on to collect, use, and share personal information

Why We Need Your Information and How We Use It

We rely on a number of legal bases to collect, use, and share your information, including:
•	as needed to provide our services, such as when we use your information to send you emails and updates with regard to the child that you sponsor, to settle disputes, or to provide support;
•	when you have provided your affirmative consent, which you may revoke at any time, such as by signing up for my mailing list;
•	if necessary to comply with a legal obligation or court order or in connection with a legal claim, such as retaining information about your donation if required by tax law; and
•	as necessary for the purpose of our legitimate interests, if those legitimate interests are not overridden by your rights or interests, such as providing and improving our services. We use your information to provide the services you requested and in our legitimate interest to improve our services. 
	

3. The third parties with whom we share personal information

Information Sharing and Disclosure

Information about our sponsors is important to our foundation in order to send regularly reports about the sponsored children and in order to send out the new payment for future school terms. We share your personal information for very limited reasons and in limited circumstances, as follows:
•	Service providers. We engage certain trusted third parties to perform functions and provide services to our website. We will share your personal information with these third parties, but only to the extent necessary to perform these services.
•	Foundation transfers. If we stop or merge our foundation, we may disclose your information as part of that transaction, only to the extent permitted by law. 
•	Compliance with laws. We may collect, use, retain, and share your information if we have a good faith belief that it is reasonably necessary to: (a) respond to legal process or to government requests; (b) enforce our agreements, terms and policies; (c) prevent, investigate, and address fraud and other illegal activity, security, or technical issues; or (d) protect the rights, property, and safety of our customers, or others.

4. The length of time we keep personal information

Data Retention

We retain your personal information only for as long as necessary to provide you with our services and as described in our Privacy Policy. However, we may also be required to retain this information to comply with our legal and regulatory obligations, to resolve disputes, and to enforce our agreements. We generally keep your data for the following time period: 4 years. 

5. If we transfer personal information outside of Europe, we will handle the transfer as following

Transfers of Personal Information Outside the EU

We may store and process your information through third-party hosting services in the US and other jurisdictions. As a result, we may transfer your personal information to a jurisdiction with different data protection and government surveillance laws than your jurisdiction. If we are deemed to transfer information about you outside of the EU, we rely on Privacy Shield as the legal basis for the transfer, as Google Cloud is Privacy Shield certified.

6. Our donor’s rights regarding our use of their personal information and our contact details

Your Rights

If you reside in certain territories, including the EU, you have a number of rights in relation to your personal information. While some of these rights apply generally, certain rights apply only in certain limited cases. We describe these rights below:
•	Access. You may have the right to access and receive a copy of the personal information we hold about you by contacting us using the contact information below. 
•	Change, restrict, delete. You may also have rights to change, restrict our use of, or delete your personal information. Absent exceptional circumstances (like where we are required to store data for legal reasons) we will generally delete your personal information upon request. 
•	Object. You can object to (i) our processing of some of your information based on our legitimate interests and (ii) receiving marketing messages from us after providing your express consent to receive them. In such cases, we will delete your personal information unless we have compelling and legitimate grounds to continue using that information or if it is needed for legal reasons. 
•	Complain. If you reside in the EU and wish to raise a concern about our use of your information (and without prejudice to any other rights you may have), you have the right to do so with your local data protection authority.

7. Our Sponsor Child Privacy

Respecting the privacy of our sponsor children and their families is a key element of our work. 22STARS Foundation extends the same attitude of respect and confidentiality to our sponsor children as given to their sponsors.


How to Contact Us

For purposes of EU data protection law, I, Stella Airoldi, founder and project manager of 22STARS FOUNDATION, am the data controller of your personal information. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact me at info@foundation22stars.org. Alternately, you may mail me at:
Stella Airoldi, Kasteelplein 73, 4811 XC, Breda, Netherlands