“ Educate a child, and you potentially educate the whole nation! ”
When a child gets an education, their future becomes brighter and their dreams possible. When a child goes to school, they will not need to work in the quarry anymore and beg in the streets for food. An educated child will be able to find jobs in the future, where they can earn a sustainable income, helping to break the poverty cycle. Through becoming better educated, a child can be informed about their health, reducing the chances of child marriage, early pregnancies and HIV/AIDS contraction. Education is the key to fight poverty and disease.
We work with communities in the capital Kampala, and in the Jinja region, who live in extreme poverty after having fled conflict in Northern Uganda. Many children lost their parents and even those who still have them, cannot afford schooling. We use Education, Entrepreneurship and Local leadership to empower children and their families to rise above poverty. We created within our sponsorship program, long-term sponsorships for 315+ children in Uganda and we also run several community development initiatives including a Nutrition Project, Livelihood Project, Eye-Care and Health Project and our holistic After School Project and Small Business Training and Micro Loans Project for 65+ families.
Sponsor one of the kids below and change a life today!
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Kids don't go to school for just one year, but several years. Hence why sponsorship is a long-term commitment and happens through a recurring payment plan. The amount you pay covers general costs to run the Sponsorship Program, the School Fees, School Uniforms, School Tours, Registration and Exam fees and are calculated on the average cost of the schools, as they slightly differ per institution and the needs of a specific child. Nursery and primary school kids are 240 euro a year and secondary school kids 480 euro.
On top of this we make many more costs for the children, like paying for medical bills, basic needs and sor forth which we pay for through general donations we receive.
*If you can't make a long-term commitment at this stage, please consider a one-time donation, which helps us covering up the extra costs for the kids and lets sponsorless kids stay in school.
Sponsorship vs Donations
While sponsorships last over years, both sponsorships and donations can change a life. Many of our sponsors also make donations to one of our six projects that benefit all children and their community.
What our long-term sponsors and donors say:
About the team
Aidah, Stella and Susan in one of the local classrooms in Uganda
Aidah, Stella and Susan run together the 22STARS Foundation, which is a Dutch Public Benefit Foundation, founded by Stella Airoldi in 2017. But their time together starts already way earlier! Stella originally met Susan Laker and Aidah Wafula in 2009, and since 2012 they have worked together on various social programs through the 22STARS Jewellery Business. To make an even bigger impact they started in addition to this product-based model, the foundation in 2017 to run the social programs on donations as well. Susan and Aidah are based in Uganda (Kampala and Jinja, respectively) and as local project managers they have an in-depth knowledge of the needs of the local communities we work with. Stella, originally from Germany/ the Netherlands, divides her time between Uganda, and a range of locations, working remotely to connect donors and ensure that operations run smoothly.
Susan is an outstanding example of how an education can radically improve not only one person’s life but their whole community as well. Born in the middle of the conflict with the LRA and Joseph Kony in Northern Uganda, Susan got her first child with the age of 13, she was not able to go to school and got affected with HIV/Aids. However she survived the war and her story is a very special one. Thanks to the help of Aidah and Stella, Susan started school only a couple of years ago and now is already the leader of the whole Kampala team!
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