Brookline, MA: The Starfish Club

Members of Starfish Club at Brookline High

In 2010, a then 12-year-old grade school student in Brookline, MA named Sarah Gladstone was inspired when she read the book Half the Sky: Turning Opppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. She decided to act in support of women and girls suffering from the childbirth injury of obstetric fistula by creating The Starfish Project, through which she began to raise funds for Fistula Foundation to help deliver life-changing surgeries to women suffering from obstetric fistula.

Now a sophomore at Brookline High, Sarah has transformed her project into The Starfish Club, a school-wide organization which a growing number of students have joined.

The club purchases handmade paper beads from women in Cambodia and then turns the beads into bracelets that are given in exchange for a donation of at least $20. Every bracelet features a small starfish charm, representing The Starfish Club.

In three years, Sarah and her friends have raised upwards of $8,000 for fistula treatment by selling these bracelets. Order your bracelet at www.throwbackastarfish.org.

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