About Star ...
The Chalice STAR Sponsor Site opened in 2012 and is run by Dr. M. Arumai Raj of the NGO, STAR Trust in Tamil Nadu. The site ensures educational and development opportunities for children with disabilities, as well as children affected/ infected by HIV/AIDS.
Tamil Nadu is situated in the southern most state of India, bordering on the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean. Education is equally available to both genders, but it is difficult for young women to attend school, as they are often required to care for their siblings while their mother works the fields. The low social status and consequent educational disadvantage suffered by women has a direct bearing on their own health, as well as that of their children. Malnutrition is rampant among the children, with one of every 11 children dying in the first five years of their life. To help reduce this tragic statistic, expectant mothers receive prenatal care, as well as training in nutrition and are supplied with basic food items on a routine basis.
Mission - Star
The Star Sponsor Site firmly believes that through the Chalice Sponsorship Program, they are able to alleviate the sufferings of the disadvantaged by supporting the children in their empowerment; that is, providing the needed support for their education and health.
Sponsorship in Star
Through the Chalice Sponsorship Program in the Star Sponsor Site, children receive school fees, books, school uniforms, nutritious foods and medical attention when needed. In India, too many parents do not have access to the correct care and resources needed by their disabled children. The site also promotes family development and counselling. By including the parents, the site ensures that the sponsorship programme provides the right atmosphere for less fortunate children to grow and develop according to their potential.