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It’s difficult to believe Rising Star Junior School is in it’s fifth year of service. Each year brings bigger and better things for the children and community. Last year, we had our first primary seven class (the highest class in primary school) sit for the only government assessed examinations for primary students in Uganda. Our students had come from an array of backgrounds, most of whom had little education before arriving at Rising Star. Since 2012, these students spent all their time learning. When they weren’t attending classes, most were studying in groups or even leading their friends in lessons. Most spoke little to no English, but now all can speak and write it fluently. Coming, they had very little hope and nearly no dreams of the future, but now have the hope of becoming doctors, teachers, engineers, lawyers and so much more. For the first time in their lives these dreams are becoming a reality.

When results were released earlier this year, we were so happy that all twenty of our students passed with great results. This year’s class is even more promising because of their extra year of studies at Rising Star. These children will sit for their examinations in the beginning of November and results will be released by February. Results from these examinations will help determine where they can attend secondary school; better results can get them admitted into better schools. Sadly, this is where many children stop studying because of the high costs of secondary school. Building a secondary school is among one of the top priorities for Rising Star. To be able to send these children through primary and secondary school is vital.

Many great things have been done last year and the first part of 2016, they include:

• Retaining wall and steps for the school soccer field • Perimeter wall enclosing they entire school campus

• Security gate at the entrance of the school campus

• Additional staff housing

• And much more involving classroom and office resources

All of this has been possible because of all our dedicated and generous donors and prayer warriors like you. To our child sponsors, thank you for your monthly giving which gives us the ability to hire wonderfully trained Ugandan staff and keep our school kitchen and office resources in stock. Our generous one-time (or more frequent) donors, you give us the ability to continue expanding our borders and allow us to help even more vulnerable and orphaned children. All of your support gives me the ability to dream of a future that in 2012 seemed impossible.

On behalf of the Rising Star students, staff, parents and community, I thank you all for your continuous support. Without you, Rising Star would just be a thought. I know we’re able to help more than our current 400 students; I dream of thousands. As one student said to me, “If Rising Star wasn’t here, I would still be digging in my family’s garden without going to school.” Just think, a few dollars can literally change a child’s life and future. If you haven’t already, please check out our website for more information and ways of helping us give hope, love and a future to these deserving children.

Blessings,

Ryan Kaminski

 

Hello from the board of Rising Star Schools,

Summer is an exciting time in Uganda and we hope yours has been amazing wherever this finds you! As our teachers and staff are being faithful to connect with and teach these amazing students, we have been hard at work building the infrastructure to inform and invite more people into a relationship with this vision. For us to grow to what we believe this school is called to become, it’s going to take more people coming alongside and partnering with us!

In a world where everything is connected to the internet, we have been targeting energy and resources to redesign a brand new website that will be ready early this fall! It will be a place you can share Rising Star schools with your friends and family. The site will be full of vision, pictures and more information about our students. This is an exciting step for us moving into the fall! As part of this website, there are multiple ways to partner with us already built in, including one of the favorites, which is the child sponsorship program. For a simple $30 a month, you’ll be matched with a specific student you can sponsor during their time at Rising Star.

Another simple way you can also help support Rising Star Schools is with every single purchase you make on Amazon.com. It’s a program called Amazon Smile and doesn’t cost you any more than you would normally spend on your Amazon purchases! You can select “Kayongos Hope” as your charity with this link.  http://amzn.to/28J71O1 We also release shirts periodically to help raise funds for specific projects around the school and to spread the message of Rising Star! Keep an eye out for these, as they are fantastic ways to get the word out on social media and in conversations we have with people we meet in our own cities!

THANK YOU for being willing to support young people in Uganda who wouldn’t have the opportunity to be educated and believed in any other way! You’re making a world of difference in their lives… and that is indeed how we change the world – one student at a time. It starts with ONE!

For more consistent updates, feel free to connect with us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/risingstarjuniorschool/

The new website will be at http://risingstarschools.org/. We’ll update you when it’s ready! If you have any questions or thoughts, feel free to e-mail us at givehope@risingstarschools.org anytime!

We would love to hear from you!

Joel Dunn & Board of Trustees