In 1979, StARS began serving refugees through English language instruction and community support. Founded by St. Andrew’s United Church of Cairo, StARS was one of the first organizations in Egypt dedicated to improving the quality of life of refugees, asylum seekers, and vulnerable migrants.
Today they serve more than 3,000 students and clients annually in their education, psychosocial, and legal aid programs. Their purpose is twofold: to provide high-quality services meeting unaddressed needs of refugees and asylum seekers, and to provide a safe and inclusive space for displaced people to come together as a community.
Their mission is a safe, inclusive and supportive environment for refugees in which they can exercise their rights, pursue their aspirations, and live in dignity.
Their vision is to enhance the quality of life of refugees in Egypt and make their rights a reality through client-centered programs.
Their students and clients come from many places, including Ethiopia, Iraq, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea, and Syria. StARS does not discriminate on the basis of nationality, ethnicity, or religion.