RISING STAR OUTREACH INC

Lifting Those With Leprosy

aka Rising Star Outreach   |   Provo, UT   |  http://risingstaroutreach.org/

Mission

Rising Star Outreach empowers individuals and families to rise above the stigma associated with leprosy and live healthy, productive lives through: quality education, medical care, and community development. Our work is focused in India. The vision of Rising Star Outreach is informed by the belief that: all people deserve dignity and respect, everyone has something of value to offer the world, and that life should be intellectually, socially, emotionally, and spiritually uplifting and edifying.

Ruling year info

2002

President

Mr Brett Caywood

Main address

3521 N University Ave Suite 250

Provo, UT 84604 USA

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EIN

02-0532420

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Rehabilitative Medical Services (E50)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Leprosy is one of the most ancient & dreaded diseases. The leprosy affected are a disadvantaged and marginalized group that suffers from deformities, disabilities, & social ostracization leading to generational illiteracy, unemployment, poverty, & misery. The Southeast Asia region of the world has the highest prevalence of leprosy cases & highest new case detection rate in the world. India alone accounts for 60% of the global leprosy burden. People who contract leprosy often spend their lives completely isolated from society although they may have been cured. They (& members of their family) sometimes find it impossible to marry, receive education, find work, & receive access to necessary healthcare. In India, people from the estimated 1000 leprosy colonies face this stigma every day. We seek to help individuals, families, and entire communities affected by leprosy through access to quality medical care, opportunities for dignified employment, & education for the rising generation.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Sponsor a Child

Sponsor A Child: Rising Star Outreach provides individuals, families, and groups the opportunity to connect with a child and create a lasting difference in his or her life. A sponsor’s donations help support the child’s schooling, campus living, and physical and emotional well-being. This includes providing students a rigorous academic program that includes English, Science, and Computer Technology. Children are also provided with enriching extracurricular activities, taught proper hygiene, living skills and future self-reliance.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

RSO has a robust mobile medical program that provides regular services to over 45 colonies in southern India. We provide medical assistance, such as provisions of medicine, wound care kits, and other services, to those and other colonies throughout India. We have a medical clinic on our campus that treats and oversees the health and dental needs of our students. This encompassing program includes both preventative care and maintenance for existing patients. It also aims to bring leprosy and hygiene awareness to surrounding communities and to reduce the number affected by leprosy.

Our services include:
Mobile medical unit
Microcelluar Rubber Footwear and Protective Devices Unit
Assistive devices
Medical Camps
Leprosy screening
Health Education
Health check-ups
Quality medicines
Physiotherapy
Counseling
Eye care
Dental care
Reconstructive surgery
Referred to top-level hospitals
12-step program
Food
Clothing
Medical supplies
Wound care/trainings
Hygiene care/trainings

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Economically disadvantaged people

Provides services to beneficiaries through income-generating activities, and supports them with upgrading their environmental and educational status, which aims to lift the leprosy affected from colony to community. These efforts help beneficiaries establish a good standard of living and successfully support their families, restoring dignity back to the individual. Programs and services provided are tailored to the community needs, but typically include:

Micro-grants/loans for Entrepreneurs
Business Training
Clean Water
Toilet Construction
Perpetual Colony Education Grants (for students who can't attend our campus)
Community Centers

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
People with diseases and illnesses

Two schools in India (K-12) which aim to remove the stigma associated with leprosy and educate the children in leprosy affected communities to create a sustainable future for themselves and their families. Our main campus has over 370 students from K-12, and has students from over 45 leprosy colonies in Tamil Nadu. Our second campus is in the early phases of being built. In the meantime, we are supporting and leading the education with a partner school, supporting another 180 students from 21 colonies in Bihar. Our second campus will have capacity for 600 students. RSO also has a preschool and after-school tutoring program serving over 80 students in the state of Maharashtra.

RSO has a strong scholarship program to provide funding for our graduates to attend college and attain successful employment, after graduation.

RSO also has a Perpetual Colony Education Grant Program to provide small loans for students to attend school outside of our campus.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Food and medical supplies delivered to leprosy colonies during COVID19 pandemic.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Children, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Education Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Includes students at our campuses in Tamil Nadu & Bihar, those attending our preschool/afterschool program in Maharashtra, & those who are a part of our Perpetual Colony Education Grant Program.

Number of graduates enrolled in higher learning, university, or technical/vocational training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Young adults

Related Program

Education Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of screenings held

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with physical disabilities, People with diseases and illnesses, Economically disadvantaged people, At-risk youth

Related Program

Medical Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Persons who have been screened for leprosy. This data is from Oct 2019 - Nov 2020.

Number of medical services provided.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, People with diseases and illnesses, People with disabilities

Related Program

Medical Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Data from Oct 2019-Nov 2020. Includes medicines provided, MCR footwear & protective devices to colony members, screenings, dental work, health education & counseling sessions, eye care, checkups, etc.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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.

The vision of Rising Star Outreach is informed by the belief that: all people deserve dignity and respect, everyone has something of value to offer the world, and that life should be intellectually, socially, emotionally, and spiritually uplifting and edifying.

We envision a world that embraces these values and rejects stigma. We strive to accomplish this vision by lifting the leprosy affected, empowering them as individuals, developing sustainability in their communities, and inspiring others to action.

RSO seeks to defeat leprosy and it’s associated stigma through our three-pronged approach of medical care, colony development, and education.

Medical care- Through mobile clinics and partnerships with area hospitals, we provide critical medical treatment for patients affected by leprosy. People who have contracted leprosy are often shunned from society and most are considered “untouchable”. Fear and stigma prevent early detection and the necessary steps to be cured and overcome the disease. It can be difficult to find doctors willing to help. Our mobile medical clinics provide medical care, vision care, and an aggressive screening program to detect and treat new cases of leprosy. A simple multi-drug therapy cures leprosy. With early detection, we can stop leprosy before it ravages a body and ruins a family. Our medical program also provides treatment and support for those that are living with the deforming and debilitating effects of this terrible disease.

Colony Development- Rising Star Outreach helps facilitate infrastructure, growth and community development within India’s leprosy colonies. We designed our development programs to increase the dignity and self-reliance of colony members as we help them achieve economic rehabilitation and assist them in infrastructure building projects. Colony leaders receive micro-grants, manage the disbursement, repayment, success, and the growth of the loans. Families become self-sufficient. Parents are productive members of society and are treated with dignity. Their children do not need to focus on financially supporting their families and can focus on an education. We also improve basic needs within the colony for both their health and dignity - such as providing clean water and sanitation needs.

Education- One of the fastest and most effective ways to overcome the fear and stigma associated with leprosy is through education. Education creates opportunities for the children living in leprosy colonies. The Peery Matriculation School for Rising Stars provides an education from kindergarten to 12th grade. Nearly 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. Our 11th and 12th grade students enjoy specialized tracks at our equivalent of a junior college to prepare them for higher education and a promising career. We are proud to have over 70 students who are either currently enrolled in college or are college bound this year after graduation. We have also recently started work on a school in Bihar, India. The school, Little Flower, has been around for many years, and much of our efforts are targeted at improving the school in Bihar.

While our services originated in Tamil Nadu, our reach now extends into many other states, most prominently Bihar, the Indian state that holds the largest percentage of leprosy affected individuals. There, we have partnered with the Little Flower Welfare Association to support 21 surrounding colonies, primarily through education and colony development initiatives (as they have their own leprosy hospital). Overall, we reach 9 states and provide consistent medical treatments and/or colony development projects in 67 colonies. Our K-12 school currently educates 372 students, we are supporting over 70 students in college, and provide perpetual education grants that enable us to support children in leprosy colonies that are beyond those that we have the capacity to educate at our schools. We are currently supporting over 200 students through this program. We also support a preschool and tutoring program in the state of Maharashtra, servicing another 80 students. We have taken over running the Little Flower School in Bihar, until our second campus is there completed - which will be able to service another 600 students. Our Principal in Tamil Nadu was recently named India's 2019 Principal of the Year, and he is leading our students to excellence. Our extension medical branch in Trichy, Tamil Nadu, allows us to provide consistent medical care to 17 remote colonies in that region. Through area and regional managers, we are currently strengthening relationships and providing initial outreach to an additional 160 colonies in 8 states of India, where we are currently providing Covid-19 emergency relief. These relationships allow us to further assit

Rising Star Outreach has a National Leadership Team and full board in India, which leadership and board maintain and seek new partnerships across India allowing us to strengthen our work and further our reach.

Medical- In the past 5 years alone, RSO's medical team has provided over 115,000 medical services, including leprosy screenings, wound care, dental procedures, eye care, custom protective mobility devices, and more.

Colony Development- We facilitate infrastructure, growth, and community development. Thus far, we have provided 134 microfinance loans, facilitated 101 micro businesses, and completed 58 colony infrastructure projects - including community centers, clean water and toilets, and a community computer lab - with another 21 slated for completion in 2020.

Education- We have an award winning campus in Tamil Nadu, teaching over 370 students. We have recently been given the honor of providing 11th & 12th standard classes - equivalent to Jr. College in India - on our campus. Thus far, more than 160 have graduated high school and there have been 771 perpetual education grants awarded. We have opened a preschool in the state of Maharashtra, which also serves as a tutoring center for village and colony students after school, which serves another 80 students. We are preparing to build our second full campus, this one in Bihar, which will service an additional 600 students.

Financials

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RISING STAR OUTREACH INC

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Christine Cronquist

Rising Star Outreach

Term: 2017 -

Amy Antonelli

Margaret Archibald

Mani Balu

Jeri Colton

Christine Cronquist

Mark Cronquist

Becky Douglas

John Douglas

Kaye Gunnell

Ron Gunnell

Bala Guntipalli

Randy Guynn

Robin Guynn

Joyce Hanson

Rondell Hanson

David Harding

Steele Hendershot

Claudette Jones

Brian Murphy

Louise Murphy

Larry Pressler

Keith Read

Sally Read

Randy Rigby

Sandra Rigby

Nancy Sorensen

Sharon Thompson

Steve Thompson

Philip Webb

Chris Wilson

Jenny Wilson

Madhu Mehta

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/19/2021

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Leadership

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Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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