Education is the key
When a child gets an education, their future becomes brighter and their dreams possible. When a child goes to school, it will not need to work in the stone quarry anymore and beg in the streets for food. Going to school means a child no longer has to work in the stone quarry 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 those who still have them cannot afford to send them to school. 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 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.
22STARS Foundation is a Dutch Public Benefit Foundation, founded by Stella Airoldi in 2017. However, Stella has met Susan Laker and Aidah Wafula already in 2009 and has since 2012 worked together with them on various social programs through the social jewellery business 22STARS. Susan is an outstanding example of how an education can radically improve not only one person’s life but their whole community as well.
Join the 22stars family and change a life today!
The children below need sponsorship. Please help them to stay in school by either becoming their new long-term sponsor or by making a one-off donation until they find a sponsor.
Sponsorship vs Donations
Both sponsorships and donations can change a life. Many of our sponsors also make donations to particular projects that benefit all children, in particular the children in schools who do not yet have sponsorship.
Become A Sponsor!
Choose one or more of the children in need below and enter your details to begin your ongoing commitment to changing their life.
About the team
Susan, Stella and Aidah in one of the local classrooms in Uganda
Susan, Stella and Aidah met 10 years ago in Uganda and together they founded and now run 22STARS. 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 the Netherlands, divides her time between Uganda, and a range of locations, working remotely to connect donors and ensure that operations run smoothly.
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