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Basic information about the organisation
Star for Life is an international non profit education organisation founded in 2005 with the aim of ending hiv/aids by strengthening young people’s self esteem and knowledge of the disease in one of the worst affected areas in the world – the KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa. Since 2005, our method – The Star for Life-method – has spread to 120 schools in other parts of South Africa as well as to Namibia.
Our basic method for strengthening young people’s self esteem is also used in Swedish schools.
Visit Svenska SfL to learn more about Motivationslyftet(only in Swedish): www.svenskasfl.se
The Star program
Young people in school represent the most important part of the world population, but in most cases, it is also the category of the population which continue to be the most affected by the worst problems in the world today. Poverty, unemployment, high rates of HIV/AIDS infections, violence and other social ills effect young people directly or indirectly and make it difficult for them to reach their full potential.
In 2005, as a response to this, Star for Life initiated the Star program with the intention of empowering young people as individuals and supporting struggling schools to become institutions of excellence where young people are empowered. The Star Program is the foundation of all our efforts in schools and in society. It is the base to which all our supporting programs add value.
The Art & Culture program
Art & Culture is our name for the Star Program as used in Primary Schools. It is at the heart of our organisation as we develop our youngest learner’s artistic skills and use arts as a catalyst for social transformation. With the help of aestetic learning processes we strive to create environments where the learners can explore their inner world and express their desires and fears in a safe environment. We strive to create social cohesion and a place where young people dare to dream and are empowered and supported to realise those dreams.
The Wellness program
Wellness is the state of health associated to lifestyle and psychology. The Wellness Program provides psycho-social support and facilitates as well as welfare services to all Star for Life-schools and surrounding communities.
The Wellness program is closely linked to the Mobile Health program.
The Mobile Health program
The Mobile Health Program deals with the physical well-being of each individual and works to strengthen three main pillars – comprehensive health education, HIV/Aids counselling and testing and proper referrals to external health facilities. Our three Mobile Health Clinics located in South Africa and Namibia inform learners and their communities on how they can live an AIDS-free life and empower and encourage them to make life-affirming decisions and choices.
The Mobile Health Program is closely linked to the Wellness Program dealing with psychological issues.
The Skills Program
Star for Life Skills Program serves as a vehicle for our youth in the transition from Star for Life-schools to their next step toward fullfilling their dreams. Aside from scholarships to Universities, we stimulate business interest and address skills shortage by helping formers learners with Skills Development, basic education in Business Economics as well as provide Economic Stimulation to students who wish to start their own business.