MEET JAYARAJ

For more videos to share and download, click here. As described by Carrie Scott Former Development Director | Rising Star Outreach From his boundless energy, it’s hard to guess that Jayaraj is nearly 70 years old. He is the consummate entertainer and as I walk up to...

MEET SHANTI

For more videos to share and download, click here. As described by Allison Tueller Communications & Data Manager | Rising Star Outreach Shanti was among the first people I met after arriving in India for the first time. A little jet lagged, I was already...

MEET SUSILA

Susila lives in the Bharatapuram leprosy colony with her husband. Her husband is a leprosy affected patient and because of his disabilities, she has been the sole provider for fifteen years. After receiving loans, training, and support to grow her business, she’s...

MEET JENNIFER

Jennifer was just a toddler when she began to show the signs and symptoms of leprosy. Discarded and abandoned by her parents as a baby, she was rescued by her grandfather even though he was suffering severe effects from leprosy. He was determined that she have a...

MEET “THE TURKEY LADY”

Story originally told by Becky Douglas Founder & President | Rising Star Outreach When my friend, Padma, first visited a leprosy colony deep in the south of Tamilnadu, she had high hopes of being able to encourage the colony members to stop begging and begin...