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Overview of Starlight Family


Starlight Family is a UK based charity, in partnership with Starlight Family Kiboga Uganda, dedicated to raise funds to support orphans and vulnerable children and adults in Nasuuna and Nakassagazi villages, Kiboga, Uganda. Starlight Family’s young founder in Uganda, Lukyamuzi James was himself an orphan and street child and knows the difficult conditions faced by many living in his local area today. His charismatic and selfless attitude has nurtured the organisation since 2010 reaching out to those who are in need of practical and emotional support living in places often too remote to receive support from other aid agencies.










Lukyamuzi James pictured in 1989 when he was under the care of St Noah's Family Orphanage Home managed by Reveland Father Peter Hooyscar.
 



Visit to Starlight Family 2014


During our visit to distribute financial and material donations in December 2014 we observed
the levels of poverty in the area and the lack of infrastructure and funding. It was apparent how even a little of our help can make a big difference in their lives and so we decided to continue to help.Currently donations are helping with food, clothing, shelter, medicinal and educational needs of the beneficiaries. In the long term we aim to undertake projects that will raise standards of living and help Starlight Family Kiboga to become self supporting.





Overview of projects


Thanks to the kindness of people and the hard work of Lukyamuzi James we have been able to touch the lives of many and make a real difference to them. To read about some of our recent achievements please click here.
We request your continued support so that we can sustain what has been achieved already. Also there are urgent and long term  projects that we are seeking to fund some of which are listed below.

Urgent Projects

Renovation of community water source


Renovation of the local spring well that supplies water for three villages is urgently needed to avoid health issues that are associated with stagnant water which has previously led to illness and death in the community. Uganda is currently experiencing a drought which makes it even more urgent to upgrade the water facility so that it can provide water that is both plentiful and safe.

Community Outreach Water Project

          



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Improving Living Conditions for Starlight Orphans


Currently Starlight Family looks after 14 children making sure that their physical and emotional needs are cared. Funding to support these children comes from a combination of Starlight Family enterprises such as the sale of crops and crafts and from financial and material donations from friends across the globe. Although improvements have been made over the last years, due to lack of finance living conditions for the orphans are far from ideal affecting their health and quality of life. The main issue is that of a suitable size building. Ten children are being looked after by one caretaker in a building that is too small. A recent visit to Starlight by long-time supporter David P. Armrein has led to German architect Volker Goebel designing suitable budget accommodation for the children and their caretakers and generously offering to oversee the project. David and another funder will potentially cover two thirds of the cost of construction. Therefore to see this huge improvement for the lives of the children we only need to raise in the region £4873. Your support in this would have a huge positive impact for these and future children. Information on donating can be found here or at gofundme  please contact us if you have any questions.

Starlight Family Orphans

 



                        
   

Some of the children under the care of Starlight Family    Caretaker Janet and some of the orphans outside the current house





Inside the current house                                                    Supporter David with architect Volker discussing the proposed design


  
               

The proposed orphanage design


Orphanage Costings
 

Bill of Quantities and Prices Orphanage House


Work on the orphanage begins





Health Projects

One of the current urgent issues for the beneficiaries of Starlight Family is that of soil borne parasites such as Jiggers.
Jiggers, or chigoe fleas, are sand fleas found in Sub-Saharan climates that burrow into the skin and lay eggs. They cause swelling, itching and infection and the pain leaves many people with walking problems. Severe cases can lead to amputation and even death. The only way to remove the jiggers is to cut them out of the feet - usually with no anaesthetic. Jiggers burrow into the skin of animals like dogs, cats, rats, pigs, cattle and sheep, so people living in rural areas are likely to catch them. They are also found in the dust and on dirt floors of many homes and schools. Jiggers is an issue for the children attending Starlight Family School. Two ways in which Starlight Family are hoping to combat the problem are through the provision of shoes and by cementing the floor of the school classrooms.

Jiggers

December update



Wonderful news! Our new friend Magda has chosen the children of Starlight Family to be the recipients of her Share your Shoe campaign whereby she has been collecting shoes and clothing to send to children in India and Africa. Her GoFundMe is raising money for the cost of shipping the shoes. Please support it  www.gofundme.com/share-your-shoe

Developing the Farm

Thanks to our supporters we have been able to fence the farm enabling us to be able to use it to grow crops, providing food and income for our charity school, orphans and to help support the local community. Thanks to another kind donation Lukyamuzi James, director of Starlight Family will be able to be trained in organic gardening so the farm can become an organic training center for the region. We are looking for people to help support us further and provide much needed items to help us achieve our vision and move closer to becoming self supporting.
We are looking for help to fund the following:
A reservoir for water storage
Sheds for tool storage and facilitating organic workshops
Gardening tools
Plants and seeds




 














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