St. Thomas Association for Rural Service

St. Thomas Association for Rural Service was established in the year of 1991 as the official social work organization of Calicut CMI St.Thomas Province with the vision of having a society based on justice, gender equity and fullness of life for all. Since its inception, STARS has been working towards Empowerment of the marginalized especially the tribals, farmers, women and children, youth through a process of awareness, organization, rehabilitation, advocacy and collective actions for raising their socio-political, educational, economic, health status and endorsement of safe environment in Kozhikode, Kannur, Wayanad and Kasargod districts of Kerala, Chamrajnagar district of Karnataka and Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu.

Our source of inspiration

St.Kuriakose Elias Chavara

STARS (St.Thomas Association for Rural Service) was born out of the social vision of St Kuriakose Elias Chavara (1805-1871), an educationalist and a social reformer of the nineteenth century South India. He entered the seminary in 1818 and was ordained a priest in 1829. St Chavara founded the congregation of Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI), in 1831 with a vision to serve the marginalized and underprivileged.
This first indigenous Catholic religious congregation of India today has more than 3000 priests serving in different parts of the world. He was canonized on 23 November 2014 in Rome by Pope Francis. The CMI congregation inspired by the vision of St Chavara renders its service in educational, social, health care and other sectors aiming at the integral development of the society.


Our Core Values

This Core Values Commitment describes who we are, what we do, and how we do it.

  • 1. The dignity of the Human being

  • 2. Equity

  • 3. Justice

  • 4. Solidarity

  • 5. Transparency and Accountability

  • 6. Professionalism

Donate to our Charities

“Love is not patronizing and charity isn’t about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same — with charity you give love, so don’t just give money but reach out your hand instead.”

– Mother Teresa


It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.

When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.

The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful then a thousand heads bowing in prayer.

We only have what we give.