SPONSOR A CHILD
GIVE HOPE TO A CHILD, THEIR FAMILY, AND A WHOLE GENERATION OF LEPROSY AFFECTED COMMUNITIES
Within a leprosy colony, poor diet, unclean water, and unsanitary conditions makes these children very vulnerable to contracting leprosy. Social stigma, street begging, trafficking, and abuse put the children further at risk; thus the vicious effects of extreme poverty and leprosy continue for generations.
For less than a dollar a day, your contribution to the Sponsor A Child Program helps support each student that attends our school. By sponsoring a child, you do more than just offer financial support – you create a personal connection with your child, and that bond provides encouragement to the growing student.
FOR LESS THAN A DOLLAR A DAY
Start sponsoring a child for just $30 a month (or $360 a year).
WHAT DOES EACH RISING STAR STUDENT RECEIVE?
Rising Star Outreach focuses on the whole child by providing for physical, social, emotional, and educational needs.
Complete Education, K-12
Leadership & Values Instruction
Physical & Social Development
Clean and Safe Housing
Caring House Mothers
Uniforms and Play Clothes
Consistent Medical Care
Annual Dentist Visits
Our education program has expanded to a second location in Bihar, the most leprosy dense state in India. We are currently supporting a school called Little Flower located in the heart of a leprosy affected colony in northern India.
We couldn’t be more excited about the new Risings Star Outreach school that is going to be built for these students nearby. The land for this campus is in the last stages of being cleared and prepped for construction.
Sponsorships to the new students in Bihar has just opened up. Sponsoring these kids provides much needed support for their educational goals and well-being.
With a whopping 187 students joining our Sponsor A Child program all at once, we really need your help to find these students their new sponsorships. Our student numbers will only continue to grow at this new location, especially once our new campus is built.
Sponsoring a child’s education for less than a dollar a day supports our sustainable and effective education programs at Rising Star Outreach. The impacts felt from sponsorships last for generations to come.
In order to accept more students at our schools, we need more sponsors like you. Will you be the one to step up, accept this challenge, and help find these kids the sponsors they need for a brighter future?
*Due to the difference in their development, the Bihar Child Sponsorship and Tamil Nadu Child Sponsorship programs are nonidentical. While becoming a sponsor for Bihar may result in less communication with your sponsored child than those in Tamil Nadu, you will be making a substantial impact.
PROVIDING A QUALITY EDUCATION FOR A CLASS OF RISING STARS
One of the fastest and most effective ways to overcome the fear and stigma associated with leprosy is through education. The Peery Matriculation School for Rising Stars provides an education from Kindergarten to 12th grade.
About 20% of our student body is comprised of children from surrounding villages. By integrating children from the communities with children from the leprosy colonies, we are seeing how fear and stigma are overcome when they are united in common goals.
Quality educators provide our students with a rigorous academic program that includes English, science, math, and computer technology.
The students enrolled in our school this year are preparing to be future leaders in India as they learn life skills and develop self-reliance in an environment that fosters principles of honesty, kindness and service.
Rising Star Outreach provides a clean and cheerful sanctuary staffed by loving caregivers committed to the well-being and growth of the children.
Because the colonies are spread out over a wide area, it is necessary for the children to board at the school. These children are watched over and cared for by house mothers as if they were their own children.
Our students are provided daily educational and developmental activities, and the opportunity to simply play. They are also afforded an opportunity to learn personal and group responsibility.
After school, the children enjoy activities in sports, music, dance, crafts, and more, contributing to a well-rounded education.
Many of the children arrive at Rising Star Outreach malnourished. We provide healthy meals three times daily, as well as nutritious snacks.
The quality and abundance of the food makes a huge difference in the well-being of each child, both physically and emotionally.
Rising Star Outreach provides for all the children’s medical and dental care, including vaccinations, hygiene education, and bi-annual check-ups.
Having a clinic on our school campus with doctors and nurses allows for immediate care for unexpected illnesses or accidents.
“When I grow up…”
Earlier this year we asked our 1st grade class a simple question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
While their answers may seem familiar, without intervention, they would likely be forced into a lifestyle of begging and exile.
But because of sponsors like you, these kids have a safe place to live and get an education – so for the first time in history, they have the opportunity to become whatever they want when they grow up.
FOR OUR CURRENT SPONSORS
Our online Sponsorship Module will allow sponsors to stay better connected with their child.
Here are some of the features:
- Access our secure login portal to update personal contact and billing information.
- See the most recent updates on your sponsored child.
- View a timeline and photos of the important life events of your child.
- Have a more interactive and satisfying sponsoring experience.
COMMUNICATION WITH YOUR SPONSORED CHILD
We encourage sponsors to write their children often as the children love hearing from their sponsors and hearing about their families. With the students focused primarily on their studies, you should expect a letter from your sponsored child once or twice a year.
There are a few ways that you can keep in contact:
- You can send an email to your sponsored child at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You can mail a letter for your sponsored child to our Provo office at: 3521 N. University Ave. Ste. #250, Provo, UT 84604.
- You can video chat with your sponsored child. To set up your video call email: email@example.com.
- We will regularly update a private instragram account where you can see your sponsored child and their classmates.
- We will send quarterly mailings to you as a sponsor with updates on the students and the program.
- We will send a monthly e-newsletter to share exciting news about the students on our campus.
When sending correspondence to your sponsored child, remember to include his or her name and standard (grade) on the envelope or subject line. This will help us ensure that we deliver your mail to the right child in a timely manner.
CAN I SEND GIFTS TO THE CHILD I SPONSOR?
Yes, we encourage all our sponsors to send gifts if they would like to. You can send a gift to your sponsored child through our Amazon India Wish List! The gift you buy onine will be sent directly to the Rising Star Outreach of India campus – usually within a week or two. Visit https://amzn.to/30o8DZy to see wishlists for each grade level.
Gifts from sponsors to their children are placed at the Star Store on campus. Children can cash in “stars” earned from good behavior for prizes, which includes gifts from you! The Star Store program encourages good work-ethic, goal-setting, and accountability, while ensuring equity in how the children are rewarded for their efforts.
While there are many gifts to choose from at our Amazon wishlist, you can look at other options found on Amazon India. By doing so, your gift can arrive in a timely manner without large shipping costs. There are a few limitations on what you can send (such as battery operated toys and books with inappropriate content). If you choose to send a gift, please email the gift details to our Sponsor a Child Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure it gets to your sponsored child.
Birthday & Holiday Donations
Each child’s birthday is celebrated at Rising Star Outreach. If the sponsor sends a monetary birthday donation, it goes into a birthday fund for all of the children. This fund provides a treat for the child to share with all of their classmates on their birthday. It also provides gifts for the birthday box where each child selects a small gift on their birthday.
Holiday donations can be made anytime throughout the year. All holiday donations go into a fund that pays for special treats, dinners, and gifts to celebrate holidays in India.
To send a birthday or holiday donation, click here.
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3521 N. UNIVERSITY AVE, STE 250
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