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
Once there was a wise man who had a habit of walking on the beach early each morning.
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
you are doing?” The boy looked up and replied, “Throwing starfish into the ocean to save them.”
Seeing hundreds of starfish scattered along the shoreline, the wise man commented, “But you can’t possibly save them all!
There are far too many!”
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.”
Tressie, a former Mirembe House girl, has come a long way!
Since being sponsored in the Starfish Programme, she has
worked hard to complete her high school education and will
begin Trade School soon. She hopes to be an Office
Administrator and in the meantime, volunteers at Mirembe
House (above). Her daughter, Sara is also being schooled
through the program.
Faridah, mother of
Starfish girl Sumayiya
reacts to a letter and
gift sent by her sponsor
Demir Hamami and
family! Sumayiya is a
top student and her
mother has been able to
start a small business to
help sustain them
through this program.
Rinah carries a jackfruit given in
gratitude after a home visit. Her
single mother was overwhelmed
with gratitude to the sponsor who
helps support Rinah’s education!
Rinah has done well in school
and wants to open a beauty salon
when done! She volunteers her
time with the YFC team to speak
in schools to help educate young
girls about pregnancy. Her son
Emma is also sponsored!
Travis, Richard and Ian, all in school
through Starfish, react as they (as well as all
the recipients) take their first trip to a zoo in
Entebbe. Extra funds sent to the program, al-
low continuing education and experiences that
these kids would never experience otherwise.
Without education, most
African children find
themselves like these
boys. Kids caring for kids
- trying to sell a bit of
food for income...
How to help!
Become a monthly supporter - or send in a one-time financial gift and/or
commit to pray and receive their monthly newsletter.
MAKE CHECKS OUT TO: YFCI *
In the memo line write: Starfish Programme 44005
MAIL TO: Youth for Christ International *
P.O. Box 4555
Englewood, CO 80155
(automatic withdrawal is also possible upon request)
*Youth for Christ Uganda, Mirembe House and the Starfish
Programme are all tax-deductible under Youth for Christ
International based in Colorado, USA
Questions? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 303-903-4714