• Do you want to make a difference to a child's life?

    Then become part of the 22STARS family!

  • “ Educate a child, and you potentially educate the whole nation! ”

    When a child receives an education, their future is brighter and their dreams become a possibility. When a child goes to school, he will no longer need to work in a quarry or beg in the streets for food. An educated child will be able to find employment to secure a future for them and their family, a chance to earn a sustainable income, helping them to break the poverty cycle. Through becoming better educated, a child can be informed much earlier about their health and wellbeing thus, 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 zones in Northern Uganda. Many children have lost their parents and those who still have parents, cannot afford to attend school. We use Education, Entrepreneurship and Local leadership to empower the children and their families to rise above poverty. We have created within our sponsorship programs, long-term sponsorships for 315+ children, we also run several community development initiatives including a Nutrition Project, Livelihood Project, Eye-Care and Health Projects, our holistic After School Project, Small Business Training and Micro Loans Project for more than 65 families.

  • Sponsor one of the kids below and change a life today!

  • Choose your Sponsorship Payment plan!

    Children 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. We love the yearly plans! Alternatively, once you have paid for at least one term we can also offer you monthly or quarterly payment plans. You can also make a general donation benefiting our projects for all children here.

  • Can you imagine being unable to send your child to school?​

    That your child will grow up illiterate?

    An Internally displaced camp in Kampala

    At our 22STARS projects in Uganda, this is the sad truth for many parents and children. Twenty years of civil war took a heavy toll on the Ugandan people. 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.

    Kids as young as 3 years crash stones

    80% of the children that we are sponsoring in Acholi Quarters were sitting in this stone quarry, like Olivia, the girl in the green T-shirt. Thanks to people like you we were able to save more than 200 kids! The children next to Olivia are still looking for a sponsor to start finally school. This situation is unbelievable, but true. I took these pictures myself and I am about 4 months a year at this place. The kids come often to our office asking me whether we can also help them and we give them the little we have. It breaks my heart to send them away, but I know that we will get over time more and more children out there into school!

    Education is the key!

    We want a better future for these children and their communities, and for that they need education. Once they are doctors, engineers, teachers or whatever their dream is, they will become change-makers and able to give back to their community. Educating children will help pull families, and perhaps even the whole country, out of the poverty cycle. Helping a child complete their schooling will double the likelihood that they will send their own children to school! By keeping girls in school, the rates of child marriage and teen pregnancy significantly decrease. In addition to sending the kids to school we run several community projects that benefit these children and their families.

  • Mission

    Our mission is to empower families in Uganda to rise above poverty through Education, Entrepreneurship and Local Leadership: we want them to become self-sustainable!

     

    We believe that economic development and education, along with fostering a strong sense of communal belonging, are key to helping communities break-free of poverty and empower them to protect and maintain their culture, environment and society. Therefore, our projects represent an integrated approach to community development, focused on the development of economic, social, natural, human, and cultural capital.

     

    What makes us different from other organisations is that our projects are aimed at strengthening the community as a whole. We work in the poorest areas of Kampala and Jinja, where the need for even the most basic essentials is high. Through our project managers, who themselves are members of these communities, we can communicate with the community directly to understand what they see as their principal needs. Our intention is to collaborate so that our projects can have the most effective impact, with enduring results.

     

    22STARS' meaning. Stars are a symbol of the interconnectivity and unity of humankind. Each person on Earth has access to the vastness of the night sky, by simply looking up. For millennia, we have looked to the stars for guidance and navigation, for hope and protection. We chose 22 as a number with a long history of representing change for the better – for making even the most ambitious dreams a reality.

     

    Our long term vision is to have our own education center for both children and their parents where they learn entrepreneurship.

  • 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!

     

     

  • Our Additional Development Programs

    Small Business Program

    Nutrition Program

    Eye and Health Care Program

    Holistic Education Program

  • Keep our projects running in 2020!

    Make a one-time or recurring donation and choose your designation.

    When you sign up for a recurring donation (totaling a minimum of €240/year) you get access to our private community on Facebook, where our project managers make weekly posts and interact with our sponsors.

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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

    At our 22STARS projects in Uganda, this is the sad truth for many parents and children. Twenty years of civil war took a heavy toll on the Ugandan people. 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.80% of the children that we are sponsoring in Acholi Quarters were sitting in this stone quarry, like Olivia, the girl in the green T-shirt. Thanks to people like you we were able to save more than 200 kids! The children next to Olivia are still looking for a sponsor to start finally school. This situation is unbelievable, but true. I took these pictures myself and I am about 4 months a year at this place. The kids come often to our office asking me whether we can also help them and we give them the little we have. It breaks my heart to send them away, but I know that we will get over time more and more children out there into school!

    Solution

    Sending children to school through long-term sponsorships. So that a child will not be send for just one year to school, but longer. We hence really try to motivate the sponsors to conitnue their sponsorship until the child finishes school. In addition we have a safety net for the children, that in case the sponsor drops out they are not been send back home, but can continue school until they find a new sponsor.

     

    Besides that the child learns how to read and write and all the basic school stuff, a child also receives meals at the schools and their whole happiness and well-being increases.

     

    We make sure that the kids come together at least once a week, we hold parent conferences to also educate the parents of their plights, and we give kids extra lessons during holidays and weekends. Moreover, 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 distribute to the kids 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 for that they need education. Once they are doctors, engineers, teachers or whatever their dream is, they will become change-makers and able to give back to their community. Educating children will help pull families, and perhaps even the whole country, out of the poverty cycle. Helping a child complete their schooling will double the likelihood that they will send their own children to school! By keeping girls in school, the rates of child marriage and teen pregnancy significantly decrease. In addition to sending the kids to school we run several community projects that benefit these children and their families.

  • More Ways You Can help

    Donate as a business and deduct taxes!

    Give your time and share your skills!

    Check our Impact Trip website and apply!

    Check our amazing paper jewellery !

  • Start your Giveback Business Partnership Today

    Do you have a large network or run a business and would like to make a difference?

     

    Then we are looking for you!

     

    Join a diverse group of entrepreneurs, digital nomads and change-makers from all over the world who have already partnered with us. Being a Giveback Partner is much more than just a monthly donation or a shoutout. You are part of an initiative that provides hope and a better future for communities in Uganda. You will be our voice to tell people who we are and what we do. And we love to give back to you as well. Win-Win for everyone!

     

     

    Do you want to give back via your business?

    We are looking for entrepreneurs and business owners who want to add a charity component to their business model. If you run a business, consider donating a portion of your profit (which could also be through a special fundraising event or package you offer) or make a monthly donation. We at 22STARS are very grateful for your help, and have created a series of giveback packages to show our appreciation. Please don't hesitate to ask us about customised bracelets, bags, ornaments and other beautiful items, handmade by our Ugandan Artisans which are a perfect gift for your clients.

    Do you want to give through your network?

    Do you have an established network and want to share our story in order to create awareness and raise funds? Perfect! We need influencers to get the word out. For our Ambassadors the below packages apply as well depending on the amount you fundraise in a year. In order to track your impact create a Personal Fundraiser campaign for our project. You can also become an Affiliate of the jewellery our artisans make and earn commission with every sale.

  • Online Volunteering

    We are looking for skilled and creative people who can give us a few hours of their time. As a volunteer, you will become part of our team that changes lives in Uganda. To show our gratitude for your work, the mothers of our sponsored children have created beautiful bracelets that we will send to you and we will feature you on our website as part of the team if you work more than 10 hours a month for us!

    Design

    Design a Power Point template

     

    Estimated time: 10 - 15 hours

     

    Skills: Graphic Design

    Design

    Design a brochure/ report layout/ flyer

     

    Estimated time: 10 - 15 hours

     

    Skills: Graphic Design / Canva

    Web Work​

    Update our website

     

    Estimated time: Ongoing

     

    Skills: Website Builders (e.g Strikingly)

    Content and Writing

    Review & amend our website content

     

    Estimated time: 15 - 20 hours

     

    Skills: Content Writing - English

    Fundraising

    Research & recommend funding options

     

    Estimated time: 30 - 40 hours

     

    Skills: Fundraising, Research & Analytics

    Fundraising

    Write funding grant proposals

     

    Estimated time: Ongoing

     

    Skills: Fundraising, Content Writing - English

    Fundraising

    Create a fundraising campaign for us

     

    Estimated time: 20 - 30 hours

     

    Skills: Video or Photo Editing, Content Writing - English

    Social Media

    Write posts in English for Social Media

     

    Estimated time: Ongoing

     

    Skills: Social Media Marketing, Content Writing - English

    Social Media

    Create newsletters for us in English

     

    Estimated time: Ongoing

     

    Skills: Social Media Marketing, Content Writing - English - Mailchimp

  • Volunteer with us in Uganda

    Our volunteer work in Uganda is very similar to the tasks listed in our Online Volunteer positions. All of the work that has to be done in Uganda is done by our local staff. However, they are always happy for an extra helping hand. Our local team are enthusiastic to learn new skills and love exchanging stories so that you both get a better understanding of each others culture! As 22STARS volunteer in Uganda you will become our ears and eyes and your tasks will mainly include story-telling, by visiting the families in their homes, visiting the children in school, taking pictures, doing interviews, monitoring and evaluating our projects, and sharing your skills through workshops with our team. A workshop could be anything from computer lessons, to homework help, a female hygiene class or what about teaching our girls your latest dancing moves? We leave it to our local team to decide what their community needs most, taking your skills into account. Your work on the ground is very meaningful, in particular with regards to story-telling as it will help us with fundraising for our projects and getting new long-term sponsors in for the kids.
     
    Are you already in Uganda and would you just like to visit or help us for a day or two? Then please send us an email!

    Weekly fee 350 €

    One-time fee 549 €

     

    The one-time fees coves our costs for the following:


    • Pre-trip assistance.
    • Pick up/ Drop off at the airport.
    • Orientation day at the project.
    • City tour to the museum and markets.

    • Jewellery workshop
    • Cooking class

    • T-shirt of the organisation.
    • Welcome bag with goodies.
    • Local SIM card with internet for the first week.
    • 6 hours basic local language class.
    • Customised experience to your needs.


    The Weekly Fee also includes:


    • Payment for our local staff members to accompany you during your activities and translate from English to Luo, Luganda and Lusoga
    • Basic Single Bed-Room with private bathroom (cold showers)
    • Local vegetarian meals three times a day for you and the team

     

     

    * We do not cover your flight, visa, medicine, local transportation, drinks, and extra activities, but are more than happy to help you organising them.

     

  • SOCIAL IMPACT RETREATS

    16 OCTOBER - 29 OCTOBER 2020 (German speakers)

    30 OCTOBER - 13 NOVEMBER 2020 (German speakers)

    15 JANUARY - 28 JANUARY 2021 (English speakers)

  • You want to make a difference and go off the beaten track?

    This 14 Day-Long Social Impact Trip is specially designed for adventure-seekers, who are purpose driven and want to make a difference. Together with a group of maximum 10 people you will discover Uganda and learn everything about the 22STARS Foundation. Stella is the founder of the 22STARS foundation and organised already 14 Social Impact Trips and Workations to Uganda since 2017. More than 80 people discovered this beautiful country and became part of the 22STARS Family. Stefanie Oeffner has been one of them, who joined a trip in 2018 and fell in love with the people, the food, the nature and the African music. Since then Stefanie came back to Uganda with her community and co-hosted 3 Impact Trips for her German friends.

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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 (also called the “sponsor”) are agreeing to these Terms and Conditions, which you acknowledge that you have read and understood and that you agree to be bound by these Terms & Conditions. 

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Whilst all reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of content, no responsibility can be taken for any error or omission, nor can the 22STARS Foundation assume any liability for the content of websites linked to our site.
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5.	Data protection and privacy

Please see our privacy policy for details of how personal data may be processed.

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If you like to become a long-term sponsor of one of our children we require your name and email address in order to send you all the information with regards to your child. Unless you like to be anonymous we publish your name on our website and or our social media channels. 

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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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. 

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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:
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•	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