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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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
On March 24, 2020, India went into a complete lockdown with only four hours notice. The already vulnerable leprosy colonies were immediately plunged into dire circumstances. Since then, our team has been rushing around the clock to provide support in the form of food, medicines, and wound care kits to members of over 170 colonies in 9 states across India. With the help of our wonderful partners, we have reached over 52,320 individuals who desperately needed these relief efforts. Relief efforts are still needed and ongoing in these rural leprosy colonies and we hope to continue these efforts as long as they are needed. We are also grateful to report that as of now we have not had a single confirmed case of COVID-19 in any of the colonies we work with or with any of our students or staff.
We will continue to keep you updated on the situation. In the meantime, please support Rising Star Outreach and life-saving efforts like these with your generous donation. Your contribution goes a long way in ensuring the continued provision of these necessary services to those who need it most.
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