• Nutrition Project



    Many children of the 22STARS foundation are malnourished and eat only posho and beans and if they are lucky they get once a year a meal with meat. The children would be scattered all over and it would be difficult to visit all children and see how there well being is. In addition families are often struggling to have enough food on the table, especially during the dry season when crops failed to grow and food prices rise.




    Since October 2016 we are providing the sponsored children from the 22STARS foundation with a hot meal every weekend! This started with 60 children, but by now we are providing every week meals to more than 320 kids. In addition we provide on an emergency base rice, beans and posho to families in urgent need. A big thanks for our nutrition program goes to Alexander Schledewits, who visited our projects in Uganda in 2017. Alexander initiated the group Teller Für Teller, in which he gather 50 of his friends together, who are making monthly donations to our foundation banc account for the nutrition project. We have handed out by now more than 45.000 meals. On average a meal costs between 0.75 to 1,00 euro.


    Long-term Impact


    Besides providing the children with a hot meal, the weekly meals also have a social function for the children and by buying locally we support the whole community! The meals are not only important as it’s the only time a week that the children get a meal with meat or fish, but the Sunday meals also have a big social function. As all the children come together as a group, they are bonding and we can see how they are all doing. And did you know that you also help the whole local community with the food donations?! We buy all our food locally and from different small stores! Hence making sure that everyone in the slum area benefits from the donation.



  • Small business & micro loans Project

    Lasting growth depends on the empowerment of communities of women and men through education, skill-building, access, control of natural resources, and the resources necessary for effective interaction with civil society and their governments​. Hence the best way to move forward is making sure that the families of the children we work with can become self-sustainable. 22STARS partnered up with Entrepreneurs Hands Uganda EHU to give Community Entrepreneurship trainings to the families of our 22STARS kids in the Danida slum of Jinja and the Acholi Quarter slum in Kampala. The families got first an intensive four week training from EHU. Together with EHU we created in depth personal profiles for every participant to see how we can help them most. Then we gave the participants zero interest loans, and we set up a saving system and monitored their progress closely. Due to lack of funding we gave only part of the group a loan and hope to expand this in future.


    While the beneficiaries are expected to pay back the loans to 22STARS, we know that they face many challenges in order to do this, like personal illness or a sick family member, corruption, unexpected price changes and prolonged drought. We help them tackling those challenges. And we give extra rewards to who pays back the loan within a certain time frame, but we don't punish people who are not able to pay back because of circumstances that were not in their control. The money we receive back from the loans are re-invested in future loans and our social projects benefitting the whole community, hence we will not pay you back. But we of course will give you a report on how your money has been spend and how it has impacted the beneficiaries.


    The most common small businessess are: selling smokes fish, tailoring, retail shop, vegetables, charcoal selling, bar, saloon, selling of second hand clothes, selling of sweet potatoes, selling of charcoal, chapatti making, boda boda and selling of food.


    Besides the small business program we also empower 42 women through our 22STARS jewellery. As the making of jewellery is very dependent on the western market, the women do this only on an order basis and we encourage them to run their own locally based businesses. If you like to know more about how your jewellery purchase helps the women and kids, check out our artisan page.




    Illiteracy in some of the beneficiaries, meaning they couldn’t write at all.

    Poor time management by some beneficiaries

    Negative thinking about Business growth (Starting small and growing big) i.e. Most

    believe in getting a loan than using available resources to start-up and grow enterprises.

    Fear to share their business hardship and finding solutions to them as a group

    According to pervious and current research conducted by the Uganda Bureau of statistics, Busoga (Eastern Ugandan) is one of the poorest regions in the country, the number of poor people in living in rural areas is approximated to be 10 million. To be part of the solution to this crisis, Entrepreneurs Hand Uganda through its campaign “ Entrepreneurship for Development”,was founded and established in Jinja District, Busoga region in Eastern Uganda with the main objectives being poverty eradication and reduction of unemployment through entrepreneurship knowledge, experience and skills training within its programs-Youth Vocation Program, Farmers/Peasants program, Community Entrepreneurship Program and Enterprise/corporate program..




    We partnered up with Entrepreneurs Hand Uganda, a social enterprise that believes in the power of entrepreneurship to eradicate unemployment and poverty. We use our entrepreneurship knowledge, skills and experiences to train communities, institutions and individuals about self-employment and job creation in the hope of creating a positive social impact and a better world. We drive our trainings on a theme “start small and grow big” as stated by many successful entrepreneurs. We encourage, motivate and train beneficiaries to growing and starting up enterprises with use of their available resources and networks. Communities make up a country and it’sthrough communities that individuals understand the key and basic concepts of an economy. The community entrepreneurship program focuses on training communities with entrepreneurship knowledge and skills so as to start up and grow micro, small, medium and large enterprises through available resources and networks. Change the beneficiaries mind-set towards entrepreneurship and business i.e. How to start-up and grow business with available resources than referring to bank loans, debts etc. that usually have high interest rates and security. Equip beneficiaries with financial management skills so that they can financially stabilise and utilise their micro enterprises for a better life style. Install an effective saving culture among beneficiaries to be able to meet the unpredicted future occurrences and keeping the project on the run without even the interest free loans scheme.



    Provide interest free loans to all beneficiaries. This is to enable them start-up and grow their business ideas and micro enterprises.

    A total of 65 beneficiaries attended the training sessions and were subsequently profiled.

    45 beneficiaries intend to grow their businesses with the trained knowledge and skills

    with available resources and interest free loan

    All beneficiaries developed business ideas, BMC and SWOT Analysis for their intended

    business ideas and growth of micro enterprises.

    During October 2017 the following activities were accomplished;

    32 participants were profiled after the training.


  • Livelihood Project

    Our third program is a development initiative providing the children and families with different livelihood options and monitoring their impact. Under this program we carry out various activities based on the needs of our beneficiaries, such as handing out mosquito nets, beds, matrasses, clothes, water filters and medical treatment. In case of farmers we also buy them animals to improve their livelihood (chickens, goats, etc).


    Our livelihoods program fully involves the people whose livelihoods are affected. Our livelihoods approach identifies project based on the priorities and goals defined by our people themselves and supports their own livelihoods strategies. We build on people's strengths, and in emergencies, people are assisted in becoming less vulnerable and more resilient to the impact of such an emergency. In our communities an emergency situation is for example dealing with HIV/Aids and other medical issues, dealing with drought and the rise of food prices and disputes over land.


    Our goal is that our families meet basic needs and that this contributes to their future well-being. That they are resilient in the face of external shocks and stresses. That they are not dependent upon external support (or if they are, this support itself is economically and institutionally sustainable). That they maintain the long-term productivity of natural resources, and that they do not undermine the livelihoods of others.


    Livelihood outcomes go beyond food and income security, to also include quality of life.


  • After school project

    Our fifth program is our holistic education program focusing on extra school lessons for children who are struggling and happiness and well-being. We give the kids in the weekends and holiday's extra classes, so that they can keep up with school. We have extra- curricular activities for our kids like sports, painting, dancing, health education and we are holding parent conferences to include them in the education of their children.

    The After School Program is a very important part of our program, as we do have some children who are not performing in school as good as they might could. This is because many of our kids just started school once they got this opportunity from their sponsor. Hence they started at an an older age and were not used to the school system. This gives them difficulties in the first years, but will become better over time. Also many of the kids are orphans and almost all of them come from a family/ caretakers, who are ILLITERATE and hence cannot help them with their school work.


    At the After School Program, we make sure the kids come together at least once a week, we are holding parent conferences to educate also the parents of their plights, and we give kids by times extra lessons in holiday and weekends.


    As our group grew to 300 children we need more money to run all this program full time and as efficient as possible. Your donation is highly appreciated and please consider to become a monthly donor!

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