The STARFISH PROGRAMME is a personal educational scholarship plan initiated in 2002 in Kampala, Uganda. It was started and is facilitated by volunteers in Colorado. The main recipients are motivated young mothers who have gone through crisis pregnancies, their children or other youth associated with Mirembe House (a home and center for crisis pregnancies). Uganda has the highest teen pregnancy rate in Africa. Both programs are social outreaches of Youth for Christ Uganda. Currently 74 young lives have been transformed through support of education and care provided by sponsors.
THE STARFISH STORY
One day, he saw a young boy far in the distance and as he got closer, the wise man called out, “Good Morning! May I ask what it is
Seeing hundreds of starfish scattered along the shoreline, the wise man commented, “But you can’t possibly save them all!
With that, the boy reached down and picked up another starfish. He threw it into the ocean and replied, “It made a difference for that one.”
Annual Starfish Reunion - May 2008
Special Candidates cutting the cake
(all these kids have successfully completed their current level, passed rigorous exams and will advance to the next level!)
"Jane and Christine" have been in the program since 2002
Jane comes from very difficult circumstances. She has persevered and worked very hard to overcome and succeed in school so she will be able to care for her daughter Christine. Both have had sponsors stand by them who have been moved by their circumstances and proud to watch their growth!
Currently, Jane is finishing her education out at the YMCA Trade School and hopes to become employed at a hotel or guesthouse in the future. Christine is in early Primary School and is a very devoted and obedient daughter.
Jane and Christine welcome visitors at her sister's home where she often stays when she is on break from school. Jane is an orphan and has no home of her own.
Outside of Jane's sister's meager home and nursery school
Outreach and Development Coordinator Emilie Bauerle with Christine outside of her Pre-School.
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