STARS NGO - What we are?

St. Thomas Association for Rural Service (STARS) was established in the year of 1991 as the official social work organization of Calicut CMI 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.

“Influencing the ongoing changes in the society in favor of the poor and disadvantaged sections of the society”


“Creating a society whereby all disadvantaged persons live a just and dignified life”


• To work for creating sustainable livelihood opportunities for all disadvantaged people in rural and urban areas.
• To work for the sustainable rehabilitation and development of people with disabilities.
• To promote gender equality in development.
• To strive for the improvement of mental health of people.
• To be a catalyst in the field of protection of environment and natural recourses.
• To fight for the rights of children.
• To conduct research in the field of social work and related fields.

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.