STEP is an evangelical Christian non-profit organization which had a humble beginning in one of the Northern Indian states. In April 2003, eight seminary students visited a village in one of the states in India. Stationed in that village, these students visited surrounding tribal villages, gathering the children and teaching them songs and moral stories. The staggering needs of some villages compelled the team to have prayer walks throughout the streets of these villages. During the two-week ministry, the team visited 20-30 disconnected villages by foot and bicycle.
Every year since 2003, Abhijit Nayak, one of the founders, has led a team of students to these villages to continue the work among the destitute and downtrodden. After careful observation and prayer, these initiatives resulted in the establishment of STEP in April of 2005. To create more partnerships with individuals, churches and organizations in North America and expand gospel-focused holistic ministries in South Asian countries (India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar), STEP International was registered as a Society (S-0065184) in British Columbia, Canada in 2016 and in the United States of America as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2017. STEP International is a North American based non-profit organization with a strong focus in South Asian countries.
STEP was chosen as the official name because of the socio-physical and spiritual needs in the region with the vision to impact people (Society) with a goal to bring a transformative positive change (Transformation), knowledge (Education), and hope for social mobility (Progress).