We help young people to formulate and realise their dreams

Star for Life is a non-profit organization that works with schoolchildren in southern Africa.
Through a unique educational program, our coaches strengthen students’ self-esteem and motivate them to invest in their education and make wise life decisions. In this way, they can more easily build a better future and, as adults, contribute to a more equal, fair and sustainable society.

We are currently in 120 schools in South Africa and Namibia, and so far more than 450,000 students have taken part in the Star for Life program.

It started in 2005

The Star for Life project was born out of the belief that the future of the Southern African region lies in its youth. Dan and Christin Olofsson who ran a Safari Lodge in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa saw first hand how young people, whose parents had died of aids, were growing up without parental guidance and support and felt compelled to do something to give them a better start in life.

The Star for Life method and program was piloted in 2005 in Siphosabadletshe High School. The program is based on the conviction that when we support young people to develop a healthy level of self-esteem and belief in their future, they will be inspired to perform well in several areas of life. In particular, they will realise the importance of taking responsibility for their sexuality and become active participants in the fight against the hiv/aids pandemic.

The positive response from learners and teachers motivated Dan and Christin to expand the program. By early 2007, the Star for Life program was launched in Namibia. Today it is being implemented with success in 120 schools in South Africa and Namibia.

Through the years Star for Life has established collaborations with influential partners who have financed the development of additional programs and projects. One of the long term projects is the Mobile Clinics – two in South Africa and one in Namibia. The Mobile Clinics give both the learners in the Star for Life schools as well as the surrounding communities increased access to health facilities and health education.

Evaluations show the Star for Life method has the biggest positive impact on girls in the poorest areas.

Facts

  • Star for Life programme runs in 100 high schools in South Africa och Namibia.
  • We are also working in 20 primary schools in South Africa and Namibia
  • Since 2005, 450 000 learners have completed the programme.

The Star for Life Boards

South Africa

    Mr Pierre Delvaux – Ch pers.
    Mrs Ulrika Norberg
    Mr Anders Lindblad
    Mr Siphile Mdaka
    Mr Delani Mthembu
    Ms Doris Fulela

Namibia

    Mr Anders Lindblad – Ch pers.
    Dr. Cynthy Haihambo Ya–Otto
    Mrs. Thandeka Mabaso
    Mr Alistair Pitt
    Ms Aletta Eises-Tanises

Sweden – foundation

Mr Dan Olofsson – Ch pers.
Mr Alf Svensson
Mr Anders Milton
Mrs Viveka Urwitz
Mr Anders Dahlvig
Mrs Lena Hök

Norge – foundation

Mrs Ulrika Norberg – Ch pers.
Mr Sam Olofsson
Mrs Stine Foss
Mrs Helle Jensen