The Star for Life Project, founded by Christin and Dan Olofsson, is an awareness, education and prevention programme that began at the Siphosabadletshe High School, near Hluhluwe in Zululand, in 2005. Launched as a school-based HIV and AIDS prevention programme, Star for Life empowers youth with information and motivation to take decisions that will reduce the risk of them contracting HIV. It is also committed to building attitudes and changing risky behaviours in ways that empower young people to realise their dreams of a better future.
After an assessment at the end of 2005, funding was raised in Sweden to expand the project to 40 schools in the uMkhanyakude District, at a cost of R32m. The project now reaches over 100 000 children with its message of “AIDS-free, that’s me” using ‘mental vaccination’ to help learners to make informed choices about sexuality.
There are currently 28 staff members, led by Executive Director Dr Per Strand, all of whom are qualified and skilled coaches, counsellors and trainers. The project’s head office is in Hluhluwe with other offices in Johannesburg and Windhoek, Namibia.