LIFTING THOSE WITH LEPROSY
Join with us to raise awareness about this disease and to help eliminate the stigma that many people still cling to.
Through people like you, our programs create lasting solutions to this ancient problem. Together, hope is rising.
LEPROSY CRISIS IN INDIA
Imagine having a disease that negatively impacted every aspect of your life in a major way.
If the cure to that disease were available and free, could anything stop you from seeking it?
Leprosy is curable. The treatment has been available for free since 1995, yet, over 200,000 new cases of leprosy have been reported since 2015.
So, why is leprosy not actually eliminated? Why do so many continue to suffer from it?
The simple answer is also incredibly complex: Stigma.
In many parts of India, lingering effects from a now-outlawed Caste System prevail; this includes the belief that leprosy is a curse and the result of past wrongs. The leprosy affected often live as outcasts in colonies away from cities, society, and educational/job opportunities.
Rising Star Outreach’s community-based approach tackles these issues from broad social angles to face the stigma head on.
WHAT WE’RE UP AGAINST
The number of new leprosy cases in India by the end of 2016
The estimated number of Indians now permanently disfigured by leprosy
The estimated number of leprosy colonies within India, today
“The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted, uncared for, and deserted by everybody.”
– Mother Teresa
SOLUTIONS IN ACTION
Rising Star Outreach empowers 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 programs empower leprosy-affected individuals to develop sustainability in their colonies, and eliminate the stigma of leprosy in the communities that surround them.
The results we’re seeing are powerful and encouraging. There’s much more to do. Through people like you, these programs become lasting solutions to an ancient problem.
OUR IMPACT THROUGH
Increase in leprosy screenings. In 2017 we conducted 10,351 screenings, up from 6,156 in 2016.
Our medical program provides treatment and support for those that are living with the deforming and debilitating effects of this terrible disease. Below are some of the treatments and care provided by Rising Star from April 2016 thru March 2017:
OUR IMPACT THROUGH
Repayment of Micro-Finance Loans.
Rising Star Outreach helps facilitate infrastructure, growth, and community development within India’s leprosy colonies.
Micro Finance Loans
Colony Infrastructure Projects
OUR IMPACT THROUGH
Repayment of Perpetual Education Grants
One of the fastest and most effective ways to overcome the stigma associated with leprosy is education.
Students K thru 12th Grade
High School Graduates
Perpetual Education Grants
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 better life, and so he entrusted Jennifer to our care.
Luckily for Jennifer, the leprosy was caught early, so she was easily cured with just one packet of a multi-drug therapy. It is heartbreaking to think what would have become of her life without the intervention of her grandfather and that one packet of medicine.
Now Jennifer is getting ready to graduate this year. She is hoping to get one of the medical scholarships offered to our students who qualify for medical school. She wants to be an eye surgeon so that she can treat the many leprosy patients who suffer from eye problems – just like her grandfather.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
When you partner with Rising Star Outreach, you have a chance to be a part of this impact. Here’s how you can get involved.
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