OUR MISSION

THE ORPHANED STARFISH FOUNDATION

is dedicated to working with orphans, victims of abuse and at-risk youth.

OSF’s mission is to foster lasting change in the lives of the children we serve by giving them the opportunity to develop vocational skills through computer technology and gain employment that will enable them to overcome the cycle of poverty and abuse.

 

We commit to every program for life.

Since our beginning in 2001, ORPHANED STARFISH programs address the challenges facing orphans, victims of abuse and at-risk youth by providing them with technology training. OSF funds the constriction and operation of vocational training facilities, including funding for furnishings, purchasing required equipment, teacher salaries, job placement services and scholarships for higher education.

 

OSF also provides english language software & classes, a Life-Skills Program, Scholarships & helps with job placement whenever possible.

 

We make a difference in the lives of over 

8,000 children

in our 38 programs

in 18 countries!

 

And We Continue To Grow.

 

PEOPLE

ANDREW B. STEIN

Founder & Executive Chairman

 

Andrew Stein founded the Orphaned Starfish Foundation in 2001 to help orphans, victims of abuse and at-risk children worldwide escape their cycles of poverty and abuse through education and job training. From humble beginnings building a small computer vocational training center in an orphanage for young victims of abuse in Santiago, Chile, he has built the Foundation to now serve over 8,000 children in 38 programs in 18 countries: Argentina, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Honduras, Bolivia, Chile, Brazil, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Ecuador, Haiti, Colombia, Ethiopia, Puerto Rico and El Salvador. Andy has partnered with local partners in each of these countries, including Save the Children, Rotary Club, and USAID.

 

"Tio Andy! Tio Mago!" Andy makes yearly visits to each Orphaned Starfish program. Mago is Spanish for Magician. He brings a magic show complete with balloon animals for all the children. (His highest amount recorded was 1,000 balloon animals in one sitting.) His visits also allow for a personal connection not only to the children but to the institutions and their directors and teachers. Every visit helps OSF learn what is needed at our programs so we may better serve these children. Every trip also allows for new program scouting.

 

For his work helping the children of the favelas of Brazil, Andy was awarded an Honorary Citizenship in Rio De Janeiro by their Congress. In the United States, he has also been awarded the Jefferson Award for Community Service, the key to the city of Miami Beach, and several other state and local honors. He and the Orphaned Starfish Foundation have been featured on CBS News, Fox News, ABC News, Telemundo and Univision as well as in the Wall Street Journal, Miami Herald, Star Ledger, Jewish Week and US Magazine. Andy has also been a member of the Benefit Committees for Aleh Foundation, National Academy for the Arts, US Doctors for Africa, and Harlem’s Playing 2 Win Foundation. Prior to his work with Orphaned Starfish, Andy was active in Special Olympics, Rotary Club and Counterpart International.

 

Andy Stein is also currently President and CEO of Makopastreet Partners, LLC. Makopastreet Partners provides senior debt financing for luxury and ultra-luxury hotel, and mixed-use developments, as well as infrastructure projects worldwide. In addition, Makopastreet Partners coordinates all stages of development for luxury and ultra-luxury hotel and mixed- use developments in the Americas, with a focus on the United States, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Andy has been a featured speaker at several industry conferences worldwide and has been a guest professor on the topic of international hotel finance at Wharton for the past several years. From 1993 – 1996, Andy was based in Manila, Philippines as the Joint Head of Corporate Finance for Chase’s (formerly Chemical Bank’s) Manila Branch. During his tenure in Manila, Andy developed the Bank’s project finance and hospitality expertise in the Philippines. Andy also was instrumental in the execution of the Brady Plan bonds, which restructured the bank debt of several Latin American and Asian countries.

 

Andy holds a B.A. in Economics and International Relations from the University of Virginia. Andy is married to Dilia Stein and has two sons, all very much involved with Orphaned Starfish Foundation. Andy lives in New York City when not traveling for the Foundation.

 

THE OSF BOARD

ERIC RICAURTE

TREASURER 

FOUNDER OF GREENVIEW

 

 

CHRIS GILLEN

VICE PRESIDENT,

ASSET PROTECTION & CUSTOMER SERVICE

TOYS "R" US, U.S.

 

 

JEANETTE PRENGER

FOUNDER & CEO

ECCO SELECT

 

 

VICTORIA SMITH

PHILANTHROPIST

 

 

JOANNA SCHOLL

DIRECTOR OF ADVERTISING & PROMOTION

HOME BOX OFFICE (HBO)

 

 

DAVID WILLIAMS

CEO

CEILING BREAKERS, LLC

 

 

VINNY SMITH

FOUNDER OF TOBA CAPITAL 

FOUNDER OF TEACH A MAN TO FISH FOUNDATION

FORMER CHAIRMAN OF QUEST SOFTWARE

 

 

RUBEN TABORDA

GROUP CHIEF PROCUREMENT OFFICER,

MEDICAL DEVICES & SUPPLIER DIVERSITY

JOHNSON & JOHNSON

 

 

 

OUR PARTNERS

Click here to see our 2013 Annual Report

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