Ana’s Little Star gives rise to global change
Ana’s Little Star was founded on January 1, 2010. We have been helping for more than 11 years.
We live in a small world. Everything is possible and we’re just getting started.
Ana’s Little Star was born from a birthday supernova
On January 1, 2010, I fulfilled my childhood dream – to help those in need. Ana’s Little Star emerged, expanding its mission with rays of warmth and kindness. January 1 is also my birthday, and in 2010, I organized the first charity project instead of a birthday party; instead of gifts, I invited my friends and family to bring food with a longer shelf life. They were thrilled, showing up with donations as many as three times, and we were able to help 37 families at that time already. I wanted to meet them all and hand the food over in person. I will never forget the elation of a little boy when he saw Nutella. This feeling stays forever, and this kind of happiness is irreplaceable.
That is how it all started, and it continues. Each project is bigger and we help more people each time. This spontaneity is a special trademark of Ana’s Little Star – when people feel it, they simply want to be a part of it. However, our ultimate goal is that such help would not be needed and that all people could live a decent life.
Our wish is to help those in need. We believe that helping others is our human duty. We have made this our commitment, and are happy for it. We have helped over 280,000 families without a single cent as we operate without money – all of us are volunteers. We also operate without the possibility of financial donations – to prove (among other things) that one does not need money to create a great story, to help many, and to act with sincerity. To act like Truhoma. We have created a unique story with countless different projects and collaborations, giving rise to sustainable charity.
Helping others is our human duty
Stigma. In this part of the world, people are still hugely stigmatized for not having much, for having trouble getting by, for having certain problems. Our view is that we are all flesh and blood and only human. Our door is always open and we are always ready to talk. Whatever it may be, we believe that it can be discussed openly, without shame, and with respect. We all need to be aware that every one of us may find ourselves in a difficult situation at some point; therefore, it is all the more important for us to help one another whenever we can. This is our duty.
The heart of Ana's Little Star is her volunteers. Our light is brightest when we shine together
We are little stars. There are more than 150 of us. We are also good friends. A unique team. Without my little stars, Ana’s Little Star could never operate the way it does. Our team is its driving force. We share the same wishes, goals and vision. We believe in love and that we must always help the best we can. Helping others is a balm for the soul.
A big thanks to my team, my little stars – for countless hours, for your support and your extraordinary hearts. Such teams are few and far between. Thank you for your work. Thank you for believing. I love you all.
What our volunteers say
Awards and recognitions
Best volunteer 2015 (Naj prostovoljec 2015) – Amadea Gomboc, Ana’s Little Star Prekmurje
In 2015, the head of our Prekmurje branch, Amadea Gomboc, was selected by the City Municipality of Murska Sobota as Best Volunteer in Murska Sobota. She received the award for her successful collection of food donations for the socially disadvantaged in the Pomurje region.
Ana Lukner Roljić – recipient of the Bronze Plaque of the Slovenian Armed Forces in 2013
Delo Person of the Year in 2012 (Delova osebnost leta 2012)
The readers of Delo, the most eminent Slovenian daily newspaper, voted Ana Lukner Roljić as Delo Person of the Year for showing with her own actions as well as her team of volunteers that, with small steps, big changes can be made in the field of volunteering in Slovenia.
Heroes of the Year 2014 (Junaki leta 2014) – POP TV
In 2014, the largest media house in Slovenia, POP TV, selected young volunteers as Heroes of the Year. Proclaimed Heroes of the Year were children who started campaigns and helped society on their own initiative.
Special award at the Best Volunteer tender 2012
Upon the proposal of the Trzin Primary School, Ana Lukner was nominated for a special award for fast humanitarian project development. The award was presented to her by the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor.
In 2017, Ana Lukner Roljić was nominated for the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award.
In 2015, Ana Lukner Roljić received the Ethics & Social Responsibility Award, bestowed by the European Union.
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