The Mahnomen Boys and Girls Club on the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota is one of eight clubs strategically placed in one of White Earth’s rural villages. They serve approximately 65-85 youth per day, ages five through eighteen years of age. The goal of the club is to prepare youth to receive their high school diploma as well as give them opportunities to tour colleges, technical trade schools, etc., to widen their view of what is possible for them. These children come from cycles of extreme poverty, where their families have to travel on average thirty miles with limited transportation and little to no options of fairly priced food. In addition, the reservation struggle with high volume of drug and alcohol abuse cases, which limit the success of its villagers. The Boys and Girls Club is there to support, uplift, encourage and all fill in other basic needs. They want their community to prosper and thus encourage children and teens to further their education so they are them able to bring those talents and successes back to their people. 


How The Orphaned Starfish Foundation Helps


The Mahnomen Boys and Girls Club now has a state-of-the-art Technology Center. OSF supports by funding the computer program that will allow Anishinaabe children to extend their learning and opportunities to better their chances of graduating high school and securing employment. Having a media center will support on-going education by building upon their skills and confidence so that they can bring their gifts back home to their village and inspire other youth and begin the process of healing and break the cycles of poverty that are long overdue.






St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children is committed to improving the health and quality of life for children and families with special needs.

St. Mary’s Healthcare System is one of only a handful of organizations around the country that is dedicated to providing intensive rehabilitation, specialized care, and education to children with special needs and life-limiting conditions. Many of the children have been abandoned by their families because of their level of needed care thus also St. Mary's also serves as an orphanage to these children. 


Following hospitalizations in acute care facilities for complications from premature birth, illness, and injury, or when special services are needed, children and their families come to St. Mary’s to receive care, learn to manage their illness or injury, and achieve a better quality of life. As the largest provider of long-term care for children with complex medical conditions in New York State and one of the nation’s leading providers of pediatric post-acute care, St. Mary’s provides a continuum of care, treating children throughout the metropolitan area through a network of inpatient, home care and community programs and services, setting a standard of excellence in pediatric healthcare.


How The Orphaned Starfish Foundation Helps


The Orphaned Starfish Foundation provided 10 desktop computers to St. Mary's. They are utilized throughout the hopital. Their placement in their art room, multi-purpose room & the after-school program room make it possible for 200 children to use OSF computers daily. St. Mary's is OSF's first-ever profram in the United States.




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