Mike & Kerstin Wakely
Responding to poverty
In their 35 years of service in South Asia, Mike
and Kerstin Wakely were often faced with the
ugly face of poverty. It seemed so unjust that
many suffer when just a little help can make all
the difference. Mike and Kerstin began working
with their network of national contacts to provide
Starfish Asia is the result of that concern.
Registered with the UK Charity Commissioners
in 2003, the fund provides resources to known
and trusted Christian believers to provide
material, spiritual and educational help to people
who are poor, hurting and in need in Pakistan
and other South Asian countries.
It is that network of trusted partners in South
Asia who are the key to our usefulness -- they
are the ones rescuing starfish. Please click on
each of their projects listed here and see how
much is being accomplished through these
dedicated men and women.
Starfish Asia works closely with a sister
organisation in Pakistan, Starfish
Pakistan, an independent registered
Trust with a Board of Trustees
comprised of leaders in the Paksitan
Anser Javed is Director of Starfish
Pakistan, ably assisted by his wife
Kashi. Together they led the work of
the Holy Shepherd School in Karachi
for ten years, before taking the
responsibility to direct Starfish
Pakistan. They have two children and
live in Lahore.
Provision of education for young people is
an urgent priority and I am delighted that
Starfish Asia is doing this, in Christ's name,
for the poorest of the poor in Pakistan. I
pray that God will richly bless their work
and those whom it seeks to help.
Rt. Rev. Dr. Michael Nazir-Ali, Bishop of Rochester
I have followed the ministry of Starfish Asia
from its birth, and have full confidence in
what they are doing in Pakistan. The fact
that Mike has personal contact with so
many of those who receive help is an
outstanding feature in this ministry. It
deserves our support. Drena and I support
this ministry and long to do much more.
George Verwer, Founder of Operation Mobilisation
I visited some of the Starfish Asia projects
in Pakistan and was deeply moved by the
schools I visited. This is a wonderful work
led by an amazingly dedicated team.
Dr. Kim Tan, Chairman, SpringHill Management Ltd
David Wright (Chairman), Senior Change
Manager (Carilion plc)
Michael Wakely, Executive Trustee, Starfish Asia
Rev. Hugh Osgood, President of Churches in
Communities International, Bromley
Juliet Woodman, Music Teacher and home-maker
Geoff Larcombe, Mission leader and Baptist
Starfish Asia is a UK registered charity (No.