S.T.A.R.S NGO was born in July 2013 in Panjim, Goa to connect like-minded people in order to give back something to the forgotten members of society.
As it says in the title of this article, their vision is Spending time and reaping smiles, forging lasting relationships. Their mission is Creating a sense of belonging, inspiring through activities, enlivening the spirits of the elders.
About S.T.A.R.S NGO
S.T.A.R.S is a Non-Governmental, Non-Profit Organisation (NGO) that aims to reach out to the underprivileged and forgotten members of our society. They fulfill the materialistic needs of such people in order to provide a healthier environment. The inspiration behind STARS was to set up a platform to connect working people and those with busy lives to participate in scheduled activities to bring joy to the lives of children and elders in homes.
Since their inception in 2013, the NGO and its volunteers have been super busy with different events and programmes designed to give these underprivileged kids and elderly a chance to feel like they still belong in this rushed, modern lifestyle that most people follow today.
Events at S.T.A.R.S NGO
S.T.A.R.S has special events, every year, throughout the year for the homes they visit and underprivileged members of society. In 2016-2017 they conducted events like the STARS anniversary celebration, a picnic for 2 homes for the aged and a home for distressed women. They organized a Children’s day celebration for mentally challenged children, a Christmas party/gifting for underprivileged children as well. The NGO even organized a movie screening for 7 children’s homes for underprivileged and mentally challenged children in and around Panjim.
In fact, between the months of July 2017 and Feb 2018, S.T.A.R.S has weekly programmes as below:
- Dance programme at Peace haven school for the Mentally Challenged.
- Football coaching for St Anthony’s Boys home, Agacaim.
- Football coaching for MBBS home for Underprivileged Boys, Assagao.
For their 4th anniversary, S.T.A.R.S did something different. They took children, between the ages of 6 and 18 from The Care & Compassion home along with them to the home for the aged, St. John of God in Old Goa. The decision to do this was taken after past observations that being around youngsters improved the morale and disposition of the elderly.
Check out the album for their 4th-anniversary celebrations.
They even did something for Daan Utsav week where they gave out drinks to the street cleaners and day laborers and others from the lower strata of society along the Miramar – Dona Paula stretch.
Volunteering at S.T.A.R.S NGO
Volunteering at S.T.A.R.S is not difficult. All events are scheduled in advance. If you would like to be a STARS volunteer and help them make a difference, contact them through their official website or even their Facebook page.