Who We Are
Stella Maris Institute of Development Studies (SMIDS) is a non government development and education activity based Trust. It was founded and being managed by the Sisters of the Congregation of the Daughters of Mary. It was founded in the year 1997 with a vision to create empowerment among the disadvantaged women in the society.
Across India and globe this congregation has been actively serving the marginalized and socio-economically disadvantaged population through the management of institutions targeting vulnerable children, women, senior citizens, children with special needs, terminally sick, people with mental health issues, Rehabilitation of Leprosy people ,HIV affected ,Disabled, Cancer patient etc. SMIDS work in the areas of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries, Animal Welfare, Children, Disaster Management, Environment and natural resource management, Food and Agriculture, HIV/AIDS, Legal Awareness & Aid, Micro Finance (SHGs), Panchayati Raj, Women’s Development & Empowerment, etc.. The organization works towards the promotion of sustainable development and operates in Tamil Nadu, India.
Working with the tribal people in our operational area is neglected lot, the fury government development programmes are not reaching them. They are backward in every aspects of human life. Exploitation of general people and interference of the people from the mainland to their hamlets made their life very miserable. This project is initiated to strengthen the Self-Help Groups we have formed in this area and to support tribal families to start viable income earning activities. A special emphasis has given for educational improvement of the tribal youth, that too higher education.
SMIDS has got wide experience in working with the rural community for their development. The guidance and facilitation they have provided to the marginalized communities are highly appreciated by all. The participatory approach of the organization helped the rural communities to develop innovative programmes for their development. SMIDS provides effective facilitation to the local community in identifying their problems, finding out solutions for these problems with the active participation of all the stake-holders concerned.
We need your generous financial support to implement the above project which we are optimistic will bring lasting changes in the lives of the tribal families in our area. Further implementation of this project will help us to integrate the tribal community with the mainstream society. What we can assure you that 100% of the financial support provided by you will be utilized for the purpose for which it is sanctioned.