St. Andrew’s Refugee Services Helps Displaced Children and Adults
Saint Andrew’s Refugee Services (StARS) was founded in 1979 by Saint Andrew’s United Church in Cairo. StARS is a refugee service provider in central Cairo that works to enhance the quality of life for refugees and vulnerable migrants through four broad program areas: education, psychosocial, legal, and community outreach. They provide high-quality services meeting the unaddressed needs of displaced people and offer a safe and inclusive space for displaced people to come together as a community. StARS is committed to working for the forcibly displaced while being staffed and led by the forcibly displaced. StARS is committed to justice and fairness, respecting human dignity and enhancing quality of life.
The Rev. Christie Manisto and Steven Saari serve St. Andrew’s United Church of Cairo and the StARS ministry. StARS serves people from many places, including Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Gifts of Hope joins with St. Andrews Refugee Services in Cairo, Egypt this year to provide support for Middle East and African Refugees in the areas of monthly rent, food, school fees and supplies, and emergency medicine.
We look forward to next weekend, November 12 & 13, when Gifts of Hope focuses on the StARS ministry in Cairo. Rev. Christie Manisto will be sharing a special message during worship on November 12th & 13th and there will be a “live” conversation with Rev. Christie, Steve Saari and other StARSs leaders joining us from Cairo via Zoom for the Adult Ed Class time.
Learn more about StARS! Click HERE for Living Lutheran article, Accompaniment in Cairo, from the October issue.