“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”    Mother Teresa

Stella Cometa Vancouver Society was incorporated on March 20, 2012 as a non-profit organization.

Our ultimate purpose is to relieve conditions associated with mental disabilities by providing basic necessities such as food, water, clothing, shelter, healthcare and education to mentally challenged individuals.

Stella Cometa Vancouver Society's immediate commitment is to build one rehabilitation centre in the County of Machakos, Kenya, specifically for mentally challenged persons (called Upendo House).

The house will function like a boarding school/ rehabilitation centre/ vocational school which will optimize residents to be returned to their homes in the community with a vocation related to their degree of disability to enable them to be an integral part of the community and self-sufficient within their capacity.

The residents, between 15 to 30 years old, will reside in the rehabilitation centre during the school year of the County of Machakos then return to their families outside the school year.

Our society's inspiration came from Father Battista Cimino and his humanitarian work in Africa. He is a missionary priest in Africa since 1995. He served in war torn Burundi where he witnessed the dark side of humanity. His Evangelical work enabled him to unify the people, even with their differences. The foundations of his work are built on the premises of:

  1. Unity in differences leads to change
  2. Humility in Service
  3. Education
  4. Self-reliance

He began to conceptualize and build a complex with varied community services. The complex would come to be known as The Village of Mercy (il Villaggio de la Misericordia). The rehabilitation centre/ house for the mentally challenged that Stella Cometa Vancouver Society has committed to build is part of the Village of Mercy.