Making a difference

Star for Life is an educational program aimed at enhancing the self-esteem of young people, thereby giving them a better chance of realising their dreams. With the help of Star for Life’s well-trained coaches, students are motivated and inspired to invest in their schooling, take care of their health and make conscious choices, in order to influence their future. To this end a unique methodology has been developed and shows very good results in external evaluations.

Star for Life’s education program is currently available in 120 schools in South Africa and Namibia. Over the years, 450,000 pupils have completed the program in areas where HIV and AIDS still present a challenging problem. Today, the Star for Life program is reaching  100,000 students. Star for Life has offices, employees and local boards in each partner country. The Swedish office is responsible for strategic planning, disseminating information and fundraising.

The Star for Life Fundraising Foundation is politically and religiously independent and holds a 90- account. The work is based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the UN Millennium Development Goals, which ultimately aim to create sustainable and fair societies. Since the first pilot project was started, Star for Life has forged cooperation with a number of reputable partners who finance  programs and specific projects.

It is about children who are missing out on what is often taken for granted. Like a safe home and supportive adults. Electricity, running water and food on the table. They are growing up in one of the world’s poorest areas and many have lost their parents, usually to AIDS.

It is for these children that Dandelion exists.

We at Star for Life are proud of our partnership with Dandelion. As organisations, we complement each other and make a difference. We both work to improve conditions for children and young people in southern Africa in order that they might have a better life.

Star for Life has a unique methodology that encourages young people to grow and believe in their own strength and ability.

Our coaches are out in the classrooms, providing the students with the tools they need to increase their self-esteem. We do regular follow-ups and the results are clear: in the schools where Star for Life operates the motivation to study is greater, the awareness of one’s own health is better and  teenage pregnancies are fewer.

But we also know that there are young people who face exceptional challenges.

With an empty stomach, it is difficult to concentrate on your studies, that is if you have the energy to go to school at all. Without mum and dad you have no-one to guide you into adulthood.

Dandelion aims to target those who have been hit the hardest. Among other things, this means food delivered every month, support from social workers and help with schooling.

This means that Star for Life and Dandelion are able to support the most vulnerable children alongside helping many young people to dare to believe in a better future. Together we are giving the next generation new hope, new goals and new opportunities.

Ulrika Norberg, Secretary General of Star for Life

“Star For Life offers a set of motivational programmes that inspire young people to value learning, acquire the knowledge and skills they need for productive work, and live healthy lives”.


”A future in which young people are empowered to realize their dreams as responsible members of caring communities”.


”To motivate young people to value learning, acquire the knowledge and skills they need for productive work, and live healthy and meaningful lives”.


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