Starfish Christian Trust: Street children

Hardship - Helping The Needy

The majority of people around the world find themselves in situations of need at some point in their lives. For some it is a long-term situation with countless millions around the world living in poverty.


The World Bank and other international organisations have an extreme poverty threshold of $1.25 (£0.80 or EUR 1.0) per person per day. This, they say, is the minimum consumption and income level needed to meet a person's basic needs. Taking this as the measure, it means that 1/6 of the world's population, or 1.2 billion people, lack the ability to fulfil their basic needs, whether it means eating only one bowl of rice a day or forgoing health care when it's needed most.


Starfish Christian Trust has been able to play a small part in helping a few individuals in their need. We would love to do more and with your help we can do so. We cannot compete with the large aid organisations, but often we hear of individuals who are in situations that these organisations cannot reach.


Whatever the cause, there has been an increase in natural disasters around the world in recent years. Sometimes the need is short term and in such cases and we have been able to help victims of floods in Rajahmundry in India, the northern states of Pakistan, and Cagayan de Oro in Mindanao, Philippines. We were also able to help a family who lost their home in the earthquake in New Zealand.


On a more personal level we have also been able to support E and P, two widows who lost their husbands in Kenya.


Wherever possible we prefer to work through people with whom we have a relationship. We are conscious that every penny we receive reaches those in need. We keep administration costs are kept to an absolute minimum and every penny earmarked for a particular area or project reaches its destination. Many of the administration costs are met by direct contribution.