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  • 1.Small business & micro loans Project

    Challenges

    In Uganda, there are two areas which we focus on. Danida, in the province of Jinja, is one of the poorest regions in the country, and the Acholi Quarter in Kampala, where many people live on only $1 a day. To help with this crisis, our partners at Entrepreneurs Hand Uganda (EHU) conducted various interviews and training sessions with the people of our 22STARS group in both Jinja and Kampala.

     

    We could see different challenges that were impeding the growth of their business, such as illiteracy, poor time management and a negative outlook regarding business growth. Many of the attendees were also concerned with sharing their difficulties in running a business, even though the group could help to find solutions.

    Solution

    In 2017, 22STARS partnered with EHU, to give Community Entrepreneurship training to the families of our 22STARS children in the Danida Area of Jinja and the Acholi Quarter in Kampala. The families first received an intensive four week training from EHU. Together with EHU we created in-depth personal profiles for each participant to see how we could help them the most. We then gave the participants small loans, set up a saving system, and monitored their progress.The most common small businesses our beneficiaries started were: food stalls, hospitality, clothing (tailoring and thrift stores), and local transport (mototaxi).

     

    Alongside the small business program, we also empower 42 women through our 22STARS jewellery project. However, as jewellery production is dependent on the demand from the Western market, our women do this only on an order basis and we encourage them to run their own locally based businesses. If you would like to know more about how your jewellery purchase helps the women and children, check out our artisan page.

     

    Long-term Impact

    Lasting growth depends on the empowerment of communities through education, skill-building, control of natural resources, and effective interaction with society and their governments . The best way to move forward is to ensure that the families of the children we work with can become self-sustainable. Availability of small, but repeated loans is, in the long-term, expected to positively impact their poverty.

     

    We provided interest-free loans to 64 people of our 22STARS group to enable them to initiate and grow their business ideas and micro enterprises. The first round was successful and the beneficiaries could pay back the loan and saw their businesses grow.

  • 2.Nutrition Project​

    Challenges

    Among the communities we work with, there are many issues which heavily impact the quality of everyday life. One of the most devastating challenges that our communities face is climate change and its effects on farming and food security. Over the last 10 years, there has been an increase in the frequency of droughts which has led to a rise in food prices, making it even more difficult for families to feed themselves.

     

    Hence many of the children we work with face serious malnutrition. Many children of the 22STARS foundation eat only posho - a type of cornmeal porridge - and beans. If they are lucky they might have a meal with meat once a year. Families often struggle to have enough food on the table, especially during the dry season when crops may fail and food prices rise. It is also challenging for the foundation to visit all the children and evaluate their wellbeing as they are spread out throughout the whole community.

     

     

    Solution

    Since October 2016, we have been providing the sponsored children from the 22STARS foundation with a hot meal every weekend. Starting with 60 children, we now provide meals to more than 375 children. We also provide basic ‘emergency’ meals for families who are in urgent need.

    We would like to acknowledge the vital contribution of Alexander Schledewits to this project. Alexander first visited us in Uganda in 2017, and has since started the group Teller Für Teller where 50 of his friends gather together in order to make monthly donations to our foundation for the nutrition project. To date, we have supplied more than 45,000 meals. Every contribution can make a significant difference as on average a meal costs just under one Euro.

    Long-term Impact

    Alongside providing the children with hot, nutritious food, the weekly meals also are a great social occasional for the children, giving them an opportunity to play and connect, and by buying our supplies locally we make sure that the donations are being reinvested into supporting the community as a whole.

     

  • 3.Eye- and Health Care Project

    Challenges

    In 2011, the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported that there are over 285 million people suffering from visual impairment, and every 5 seconds a person goes blind. Critically, 80% of these visual impairments are avoidable and 90% of those who are visually impaired live in developing countries. Poverty, a lack of medical facilities, and a lack of education about healthcare mean that people living in developing countries are less likely to get, or have access to, treatment. People with visual impairment face severe challenges regarding their personal safety as well as chronic poverty.

    Uganda has a scarcity of trained eye care professionals available to provide accessible care and this directly contributes to disadvantaged lives, and in turn affecting a loss of potential to the overall economy. This is particularly evident in optometry services which impact on an adult’s capacity to earn and a child’s capacity to learn. Optometry has the capacity to change the eye care landscape of Uganda. This profession is very young in Uganda, emerging over the last three years since the opening of the optometry program at Makerere University in 2013, funded by DFAT and Optometry Giving Sight. There are currently optometry students enrolled in year one and two of the optometry program at Makerere University. The first graduates graduated in 2018. Unfortunately, for many children in Uganda it is not as simple as heading to the optometrist and getting a prescription for glasses. A simple screening and treatment can cost more than 100 US dollars, which is unaffordable for many in one of the poorest nations in the world.

     

    Solution

    Within our eye care and health program we have several activities that relate to the health of the families and the community that we work with. We pay the medical bills for children whose situation is life threatening, and whose parents are not able to pay for it. Most of the time illnesses relate to malaria.

    Under this program, we also set up the Eye Health Program. Several times a year, we take children and their families to the local hospitals and opticians to get their eyesight checked and get medication, or glasses where needed. Our main sponsor for our Eye Program comes from Walzer Opticians in Isny, Germany, and his non-profit organization 'Wir Helfen Sehen' (We Help to See). Early eye examinations are crucial to make sure children have normal, healthy vision so they can participate better at school and in play. Early identification of a child’s vision problem is crucial, because children are often more responsive to treatment when problems are diagnosed early. Many people here are short or long sighted and it is absolutely essential for the education of our children that at school they are able to see the board and their notebook clearly! Together with our 22STARS team and local opticians, Walzer tested the eyesight of all the kids in Daystar and St. Matia, two schools where many our children are pupils. Afterwards, 70 people were sent to a Ugandan eye doctor where they received further treatment, 50 reading glasses were handed out to the elderly, and 20 pairs of safety glasses were given to the people working in the quarry.

    Long-term Impact

    This shows the importance of the 22STARS’ “Eye Program”. In a country where the average monthly income is $40, a pair of glasses of more than $100 is simply unaffordable. Not only are they expensive, but many parts of Uganda still face a lack of education regarding eye healthcare, and the professional manpower to treat all those who need it, which in turn affects educational and economic opportunities. Our long-term plan is to look for collaborations with Ugandan organisations who could provide accessible eye care and affordable glasses. Our plan is to raise additional funds to check the eyes of more children and families living in the community where 22STARS operates and to give people an opportunity to get treatment where necessary and to get glasses. We want to perform eye exams with a professional optometrist and provide prescription glasses for patients who do not have access to proper medical services and eye surgery. We also want to promote blindness prevention and eye health education programs in the local communities.

  • 4. Holistic Education project

    Challenges

    The parents of the 22STARS children fled from northern Uganda to Kampala, the capital, where they sought refuge from the war of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). They settled in "Acholi Quarter" - an Internally Displaced Camp - and ended up living in an area centred around several stone quarries. Even children as young as 3 years old, have to work, crushing stones, to earn money for food. Although there is now peace in Uganda, the battle against poverty in Acholi Quarters continues. Many more refugees from Sudan and Congo have also settled there. In addition many people went to Danida, one of the poorest areas in Jinja, where our second 22STARS project is located.

    Solution

    We send children to school through our long-term sponsorship program.

    On top of paying their school fees and uniforms, we make sure that the kids come together at least once a week, we hold regular parent conferences to also educate the parents of their plights and we give the kids extra classes on weekends and holidays, so that they can keep up with school.
    We also hold extra- curricular activities, such as sports, painting, dancing, health, education, and we are holding parent conferences to include them in the education of their children.

    In addition we provide our kids with mosquito nets, beds, mattresses, clothes, water filters and medical treatment.

    Long-term Impact

    We want a better future for these children and their communities, and in order to reach this goal proper education is the key.
    Once they will get their dream job they will become change-makers and will be able to give back to their community. Educating children will also pull their families out of the poverty cycle. Helping our children complete their schooling will increase the likelihood that they will send their own children to school!
    By keeping girls in school, the rates of child marriage and teen pregnancy has proven to significantly decrease.

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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.


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Dutch law governs these Terms and Conditions to the fullest extent allowable. Any disputes in connection with the 22STARS foundation or these Terms and Conditions will be initiated in the Courts of Breda where exclusive jurisdiction and venue reside. If a court or any other appropriate authority finds any portion of this document to be invalid, the remainder will remain in full force and effect. 
 
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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