A brief background

Starchild is a registered charity set up in memory of the founder’s adopted brother Frankie Marsh. Frankie's parents were both Ugandan. Frankie was adopted at 13 months old. Sadly he died in a house fire at the age of 27 years.  Frankie and Michaela were raised as twins and pushed in a twin pram. On a visit to Uganda in 2012, Michaela miraculously found her brothers family. In a country of over forty-one million, it was like finding a needle in a haystack but it was obviously meant to be. Overwhelmed by the poverty Michaela witnessed, she came back to Scotland with a dream of setting up Starchild to help the most vulnerable and marginalised in Uganda. Since gaining charitable status in 2013, Starchild has gone on to build a school for Creative Arts and improve the lives of many. We hope you will take a moment to look through Starchild's projects in Uganda and in Scotland. There is also a link to the incredible, emotionally heartwarming story of Michaela meeting Frankie's family in Uganda eighteen years after his passing.


Starchild’s main aim;

Empower and improve the health and well-being of children, vulnerable people and women in Uganda by providing access to sustainable education, vocational training, food, support and love.


  • Provide aid and support to Uganda’s most vulnerable children and young adults many of whom have no one to provide even their basic needs
  • Introduce the role of creative arts as an extra curriculum activity at Grace Primary School  and local communities, encouraging those of all ages not naturally gifted in academia
  • Promote education and enterprise to vulnerable young girls and women. Assist in menstrual health and sanitary care.
  • Break down the social barriers dispelling myths and stigma’s surrounding autism spectrum disorder and disabilities.
  • Help sustain the Starchild School for Creative Arts and Vocational Training Centre in Uganda
  • Help sustain The Mama Wa Mit Women’s project based in Jinja, Uganda.  Empowering local marginalised and vulnerable women to become self-sufficient and responsible for the development of the projects ongoing sustainability.