Since 2001, Rising Star Outreach non-profit has been dedicated to empowering individuals and families to rise above the stigma associated with leprosy and to live healthy, productive lives through quality education, medical care, and community development.
Our three-pronged approach was developed to eradicate the devastating effects of leprosy throughout India from multiple angles. This approach is a comprehensive method of healing that addresses the various contributing factors to why leprosy is still on-going despite the fact that it is a curable disease. By supplying and strengthening efforts in medical care, community, and education we can create real sustainable change in the lives of individuals, families, and communities for generations to come.
Create and support educational programs for children living in leprosy colonies and neighboring villages to foster equal opportunity, integration, and confidence in the rising generation. Quality education has the power to erase stigma, restore dignity, and pave a path for a bright future.
Through mobile clinics and partnerships with area hospitals and health professionals, we provide critical medical care, dental care, mobility assistance devices, vision care, and an aggressive screening program to identify cases of leprosy for proper vaccination and treatment.
Facilitate infrastructure, growth, and community development within India’s leprosy colonies, that contributes to improving living conditions, productivity, self sufficiency, and long-term sustainability for individuals, families and for the community as a whole.
IN OVER 80 LEPROSY COLONIES ACROSS INDIA
This past year, we administered more than 46,300 medical treaments, issued over 300 micro-grants, and we supported the education of 1300 children.
While many people are more physically isolated from one another than ever before we are also more connected virtually than ever before. You are not alone. We are here with you. Together we can heal among loss, stay peaceful amid uncertainty, and make a difference amid distance.
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Here’s How You Can Get Involved
Join our efforts in helping to empower those affected by the stigma of Leprosy. There are lots of ways you can help.
WHAT WE’RE UP AGAINST
The number of NEW leprosy cases in India every year
The number of children from India newly diagnosed with leprosy just this past year
Of the worlds cases of leprosy come from India
Our educational programs and projects not only support our K-12 school in Southern India, but also the education and well-being of other leprosy affected children in multiple locations throughout India. We are thrilled to be expanding our efforts to Northern India where we are building our second school and welcoming 187 new students to our Sponsor A Child program.
For less than a dollar a day you can support the education and well-being of a child who is attending one of our non-profit schools for the leprosy affected. As a sponsor you will also have multiple opportunities to develop a closer connection with your child and their educational journey.
COVID-19 Food Relief Efforts For Leprosy Colonies
Rising Star Outreach has been busy! On March 24 India went into a complete and total lockdown with only four hours notice. The leprosy colonies were immediately plunged into a dire circumstance to obtain food and medicines.
Rising Star Outreach began to receive frantic calls from various colonies begging us for help. They said they did not fear the virus nearly as much as they feared starving to death! Another concern was the dire need for medications to treat illnesses such as diabetes and infections. Bandages for open ulcers were also needed.
Our team in India sprang into action!
- Padma managed to get us a license for our vehicles to deliver food & medicines. Without it, our drivers would have been beaten by the police and arrested.
- We initially were able to get food and medical supplies to nearly 3,000 families in Bihar and Tamilnadu. It was a gargantuan effort!
- But pleas continued to pour in from the four surrounding states to Tamilnadu. We are now working with our partners in India, such as UNICEF to deliver food to these additional colonies.
- In total more than 23,000 people have appealed to us for help.
The remarkable thing about this is that due to our leaders’ creativity and relationships we have been able to deliver this life-saving help for about $2.21 person. $2.21 to save a life! Incredible!
Phase two of this food and supply relief program is about to get underway where we hope to reach at least 9,000 more leprosy affected people who are in serious need of these essential supplies.
You can read more about the relief efforts on our blog post here.
Sending a heartfelt thanks to all our sponsors and donors who have made this possible!
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