Shafic Nabuti started studying at Rising Star in 2012 in primary three (third grade). His mother had passed away in 2011 and was abandoned by his biological father. Since then, he has been taken care of at the school. Before coming to Rising Star, he had missed multiple years of studies because of the economic situation at home. With his ailing mother not being able to provide, he often sacrificed his academic future to care for his mother.
Since Shafic has been at Rising Star, he has grown into a respectful and compassionate young man. He is often in the top performers in his class. He is in his last year of studies at Rising Star Junior School (Primary Seven) and will continue secondary school in 2017. He wants to become an engineer.
Through his life of struggles, Shafic is always one to smile. Because of Rising Star, he was able to have an academic future and dream. Without Rising Star and his sponsors, Shafic may not have had the chance to study and would most likely be wondering the streets. Shafic is now sponsored by the founder and director of Rising Star.
Kayondo Richard began his studies at Rising Star in 2012 as a young boy. He stayed at his grandparents’ home near the school. During his first term, the teachers and administration discovered Richard living in unhealthy conditions. His feet were being eaten by hundreds of jiggers and once discovered, had to be immediately cut and removed. From that point on, Richard stayed with the Director at the school. Treating him from the jiggers and flea bites was the first challenge.
Richard has grown into an intelligent boy who is shy to no one. He’s growing to be a leader. All of this happened because of his sponsors through Rising Star, without them, Richards outcome would be very different. He currently has two more years to complete at Rising Star before he continues to secondary school.
Nakalulye Recheal was among the first to finish her studies in 2015 at Rising Star Junior School. She finished in the top of her class with bigger dreams and aspirations than anyone could imagine. However, when she first stepped foot in a Rising Star classroom, she was quiet and came with very little previous education. She started with a sponsorship in primary four (fourth grade) because of the lack of finances at home.
Thorough her determination and dedication to school, Recheal became a star athlete, talented singer, gifted preacher and a top academic student at Rising Star. In 2015, Recheal lost her last living parent, but instead of letting the tragic experience impact her in a negative way, she used it to fuel her future for success.
Recheal now has gone as far as she can through Rising Star and is currently studying Kampala, Uganda at a quality secondary school to prepare her for her University studies. Without the support of sponsors through Rising Star, Recheal says she wouldn’t have gone to school and her future would’ve been grim.