Youth Development

Starfish Africa, Inc.

  • Moorestown, NJ
  • www.starfishafrica.org

Mission Statement

The mission of Starfish Africa, as an organization motivated by Christian faith and desiring to answer the Biblical call to care for the less fortunate, is to transform the lives of talented but needy African children by sponsoring their continued academic excellence at elite educational institutions, thereby equipping them with the skills required to transform their home communities, their countries, and their continent.

Main Programs

  1. Starfish Africa

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Service Areas

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Starfish Africa sponsors talented but needy Kenyan teenagers at top-notch Kenyan secondary schools.  In Kenya, hundreds of thousands of children benefit from free primary education, a product of the Universal Primary Education (UPE) and the World Bank's Education For All (EFA) initiatives. However, fewer than half of these children will ever attend secondary school, and even fewer will graduate.  Since widespread access to education is a precursor to democracy and sustained economic growth, we believe Africa is ripe for targeted, proactive sponsorships at the secondary school level.

ruling year

2005

Principal Officer since 2005

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Mr. Peter Kingston

Keywords

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Kenya, secondary school, students, talented, financial need

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EIN

51-0540277

 Number

4991929608

Also Known As

Starfish Africa

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Secondary/High School (B25)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Africa's future is bright, so long as we empower Africa's brightest
We hold high hopes for Africa's future, and those hopes depend critically on the continent's next generation of leaders. We believe that if we help identify, enable, and empower those leaders, Africa will be in good hands.

Aid is a catalyst and not a solution
Tuition grants alone are not the answer. We use finances to help eliminate hurdles, but our commitment is to our students, not their diplomas. Additionally, to diminish dependency and facilitate ownership, we require the families and communities of our sponsored students to foot a very small (but economically meaningful) portion of the education bill.

Stewardship is paramount
We use our resources carefully. We grow our organization's scope only when it is operationally feasible. We invest as heavily as we can in our core mission - our on-the-ground needs in Africa.

Programs

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Program 1

Starfish Africa

Starfish Africa sponsors talented but needy Kenyan teenagers at top-notch Kenyan secondary schools.   Starfish Africa pays for their school fees for four years of secondary school and directs enrichment programs for the students that include service projects, computer training and leadership development.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$50,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Starfish Africa sponsors talented but needy Kenyan teenagers at top-notch Kenyan secondary schools.  In Kenya, hundreds of thousands of children benefit from free primary education, a product of the Universal Primary Education (UPE) and the World Bank's Education For All (EFA) initiatives. However, fewer than half of these children will ever attend secondary school, and even fewer will graduate.  Since widespread access to education is a precursor to democracy and sustained economic growth, we believe Africa is ripe for targeted, proactive sponsorships at the secondary school level.

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Principal Officer

Mr. Peter Kingston

BIO

Peter has spent extensive time working with schools and faith-based organizations in Africa. His three overseas trips between 2000 and 2005 involved eleven East and Southern African countries. He currently serves as a First Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. He previously worked at the Council of Economic Advisers as a staff economist and at Princeton University Investment Company as an analyst. Peter graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Economics in 2002. He currently resides in southern California with his wife, Carrie.

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BOARD CHAIR

Peter Kingston

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