• Welcome to the

    22STARS Foundation

    Make The Difference With Us In Uganda









  • Help us to empower families in Uganda in 2024!

     Our mission is to empower families in Uganda to rise above poverty. We use an integrated approach and focus on the development of economic, social, natural, human, and cultural capital. 22STARS collaborates with communities in Acholi Quarter in the capital Kampala and Danida in the city of Jinja, who live in extreme poverty after having fled conflict zones in Northern Uganda and neighbouring countries.


    "The thrill of taking lasts a day. The thrill of giving lasts a lifetime."

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    Sponsor a child and change a life!​ 


    At 22STARS we believe education is the key to fighting poverty and disease. Therefore, a sponsorship is a long-term commitment which occurs through a recurring payment plan. With only 25 euro a month, you can have a big impact on a child`s future and community!

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    Help us keep our programs running!


    We focus on a holistic approach to education. Next to sponsoring a child, we run additional programs throughout the year benefitting all the children and the community in which they live. Make a recurring or on-time donation to a program of your choice.

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    Support our emergency needs!


    Life does not always go as planned. We do whatever it takes to be there for children for specific causes and in emergencies. These emergencies vary from a need of food supplies, mosquito nets, mattresses to life-saving medical care. Join us to fight against extreme poverty by supporting our most urgent program needs.

  • Impact 2023


    With us your donation goes where it is meant to be. Let`s increase these numbers together!

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    About us

    22STARS is run by Susan Laker, Aidah Wafula (Ugandan) and Stella Airoldi (Dutch/German). The trio first met in Uganda in 2009. Years of witnessing how entrepreneurship and education impacted Susan’s life, was the inspiration and motivation for the three to align their powers and start 22STARS. First they founded the 22STARS jewellery business in 2013; that sells beautiful products handmade from recycled paper by the women in Uganda. Then in 2017, the 22STARS foundation was registered in the Netherlands as an ANBI (Public Benefit Organization), and in Uganda as a Grassroot/Community Based Organization.

  • Get personally involved!

    "What you do for yourself dies with you, what you do for others lasts a lifetime!"

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    Volunteer with us


    Most of our volunteer work is done online, so perfect to do from anywhere and ideal for people who love to work remotely. Join our large team of online volunteers today!


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    Become our Business Partner


    Do you want to add a charity component to your business model just like Timo and Sascha did with the FreiheitsPaket? Consider donating a portion of your profit. We will provide you with pictures and stories showing the impact you have made!

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    Become our Ambassador


    Do you have an established network and would like to make a difference? Then we need you! Like Steffi and Nick, you will be our voice to tell people who we are and what we do.


  • Sponsorship vs Donations


    You can sponsor a specific child long-term and/or make a donation to our additional programs and emergencies.


    Our recommendation: sponsor 1-3 children long-term and make extra donations to our programs and emergencies.

  • Testimonials


    This is what our sponsors say:

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  • Follow us on Instagram

    Out now: our Quarterly Story Highlights from 2024 and 2023. We make weekly impact updates, share inspirational stories and how you can get involved!