Thank you for your interest in Rising Star Outreach. We hope you enjoyed exploring our website and learning more about our efforts in India to empower people affected by leprosy to rise above stigma, poverty, and physical limitations.
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Want to be an Ambassador?
Get involved by becoming a social media ambassador for Rising Star Outreach.
Click on the link below to get more information and fill out the ambassador contact form.
Want to Volunteer or Apply for An Internship?
Work alongside our experienced staff in Provo, UT, or work remotely from home.
Click on the link below to get more information and to fill out the volunteer/intern contact form.
Want to make a donation?
Give hope to a child, their family and a whole generation of leprosy affected communities today.
Leprosy still exists? I thought it was an ancient disease!
Leprosy (also known as Hansen’s disease) is still around, but we are hoping to change that. India accounts for about 60% of the world’s new leprosy cases and this is where our work is focused. Leprosy is caused by a bacteria called Mycobacterium leprae and is curable through a Multi-Drug Therapy (MDT) which was developed in1984. Leprosy attacks the nervous system and typically affects the eyes, limbs, and skin. When left untreated this disease often escalates to blindness, mobility loss, non-healing ulcers, and wounds that lead to amputation. While the damage that occurs before treatment is irreversible, early-on discovery and treatment of leprosy can halt the progress of the bacteria with little to no damage. This is why it is important to catch the disease early in its onset. Even with MDT, it is hard to stay ahead of leprosy due to reduced access to healthcare in many areas of the world. Fortunately, a new preventative vaccination for leprosy has recently been developed and approved by the Indian Health Board and the FDA. The potential to eradicate this disease that has been a scourge to millions of people for thousands of years is now here! We can eradicate leprosy and Rising Star Outreach is working to do just that. Read more about leprosy, its effects and treatment here on our “Understanding Leprosy” page.
Can I Volunteer Abroad?
Not yet. Due to visa restrictions our full volunteer program in India is on pause. As this changes, we will update our website and social media channels with the good news. In the meantime, there are still lots of ways you can get involved, such as hosting a fundraiser, becoming a student sponsor, or by sharing about Rising Star Outreach with your friends and family on social media. Also, did you know that our sponsors can do video calls with their sponsored student in India? These are great opportunities for students to practice their English and to make valued connections. There are many creative ways you can connect and make a difference with RSO and with India from home.
What is the best way to support Rising Star Outreach?
Are donations to RSO tax deductible?
Rising Star Outreach is a 501(c)3 organization and as such, all donations made to RSO are eligible for a tax deduction. As with any tax deduction, your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
How much of my donations go to help those with leprosy?
100% of your donation goes towards helping those with leprosy, either directly or indirectly. Some administrative costs are necessary to fulfill that mission and carry out the work. We take careful stewardship of the gracious funds given us and use them wisely to carry this mission forward. Rising Star Outreach operates on a 13% operating expense, meaning that 13% of the total money that we have goes towards administration to make sure that our funds are spent in the right places and well managed. This ratio is in keeping with industry best practices. Much of that is covered by donations and fees paid by our generous board members.
Who oversees the organization to make sure that funds are appropriately spent?
Rising Star Outreach has a sophisticated network of governance and oversight spanning both continents of the United States and India. The board of directors in the US is strong with thirty-two active members and six committees, each dedicated to the fiduciary integrity and mission of Rising Star Outreach. We also receive support and protection from a board of directors in India, equally dedicated and generously lending their time, resources, and talents.
Becky Douglas, founder, and president of Rising Star Outreach leads the organization in the U.S. and the National Leadership Team in India. Our staff in the United States and in India have been carefully chosen and work together with unified goals and objectives. Learn more about each of their qualities and experience by checking out their bios here on our staff & management page.