Rising Stars Program

Our Students Need YOU

In a country that is significantly impacted by poverty, children make up close to 60% of Uganda’s entire population. We seek to help children in the most vulnerable communities break cycles of poverty and reach their full potential through our high-quality educational opportunities.

The cost to support a Rising Star, is only $1/day ($30/month). Costs for scholars vary by student, with different schools and programs.

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Becoming a Supporting Partner

You can make a one-time donation via the button at the top of the page, or choose to support one of our Rising Stars or Scholars below. As a partner, we ask that, in addition to your financial contribution, you commit to three correspondences per calendar year to your aligned student. To help make your relationship more meaningful, we will provide you with templates with suggested information to share with your Star.

Current Rising Stars

The following students are in need of a sponsor like YOU!

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Annociate

Sex: F
Age: 8
Grade: Primary 2
Favorite Color: Yellow
Future Career: Teacher

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Christine B - Sponsored

Sex: F
Age: 8
Grade: Primary 2
Favorite Color: Pink
Future Career: Nurse

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Dan

Sex: M
Age: 7
Grade: Primary 2
Favorite Color: Green
Future Career: Priest

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Dorothy

Sex: F
Age: 8
Grade: Primary 2
Favorite Color: Red
Future Career: Nurse

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Elane

Sex: F
Age: 8
Grade: Primary 2
Favorite Color: Purple
Future Career: Doctor

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Elizabeth K

Sex: F
Age: 7
Grade: Primary 2
Favorite Color: Orange
Future Career: Teacher

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Esther K

Sex: F
Age: 8
Grade: Primary 2
Favorite Color: Red
Future Career: Nurse

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Frank - Sponsored

Sex: M
Age: 8
Grade: Primary 2
Favorite Color: Red
Future Career: Pilot

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Jackline

Sex: F
Age: 9
Grade: Primary 2
Favorite Color: Yellow
Future Career: Doctor

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John Jason

Sex: M
Age: 7
Grade: Primary 2
Favorite Color: Green
Future Career: Doctor

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John Vicent

Sex: M
Age: 8
Grade: Primary 2
Favorite Color: Yellow
Future Career: Pilot

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Joshua Am

Sex: M
Age: 7
Grade: Primary 2
Favorite Color: Red
Future Career: Driver

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Joy A

Sex: F
Age: 8
Grade: Primary 2
Favorite Color: Pink
Future Career: Doctor

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Julian

Sex: F
Age: 8
Grade: Primary 2
Favorite Color: Red
Future Career: Teacher

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Lewin

Sex: M
Age: 7
Grade: Primary 2
Favorite Color: Red
Future Career: Pilot

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Martha A

Sex: F
Age: 7
Grade: Primary 2
Favorite Color: Yellow
Future Career: Nurse

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Mc Arnold

Sex: M
Age: 8
Grade: Primary 2
Favorite Color: Blue
Future Career: Lawyer

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Moreen

Sex: F
Age: 7
Grade: Primary 2
Favorite Color: Yellow
Future Career: Doctor

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Norman M

Sex: M
Age: 8
Grade: Primary 2
Favorite Color: Yellow
Future Career: Lawyer

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Raymond - Sponsored

Sex: M
Age: 8
Grade: Primary 2
Favorite Color: Red
Future Career: Driver

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Ritah A

Sex: F
Age: 8
Grade: Primary 2
Favorite Color: Yellow
Future Career: Nurse

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Shinah

Sex: F
Age: 8
Grade: Primary 2
Favorite Color: Red
Future Career: Doctor

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Treasure A

Sex: F
Age: 8
Grade: Primary 2
Favorite Color: Red
Future Career: Teacher

Current Scholars

Our scholars are older students with big academic dreams. They need your support to achieve those dreams.

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Paulah

Sex: F
Age: 16
Grade: Senior 4
Favorite Color: Red
Future Career: Lawyer

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Olivious

Sex: M
Age: 18
Grade: Senior 3
Favorite Color: Blue
Future Career: Doctor

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Denis

Sex: M
Age: 20
Grade: Senior 5
Favorite Color: Green
Future Career: Engineer

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Obadiah

Sex: M
Age: 21
Grade: Senior 3
Favorite Color: Red
Future Career: Engineer

What Makes Our Rising Stars Program Different?

Rukundo is committed to protecting the dignity of our children and their parents and creating an equitable playing field.

We understand that child sponsorship has significant benefits. Sponsored children stay in school longer and are more likely to secure jobs and be leaders in their communities compared to their non-sponsored peers. In Uganda, sponsored children are 42% more likely to finish secondary education than those not sponsored, and 83% more likely to complete university.*
(*Source: Does International Child Sponsorship Work? New Research Says Yes.)

However, Rukundo International is mindful of the potentially damaging effects of traditional direct child-sponsorship models. These programs often single out vulnerable children, who often already feel insecure, creating an environment of stigma and shame for both students and their parents.

The Rising Stars program was designed to maximize the benefits for every child in our school, whether their parents have the ability to pay school fees or not. Furthermore, our students’ parents are fully aware that the high standards of our school cannot be maintained without outside support, enabling us to set realistic expectations within our community.

To uphold our values, we’ve developed distinct guidelines and communication templates to help you and our students form a genuine, personal connection, opening the door for authentic, cross-cultural learning. Our goal is to promote education and advocacy while helping both parties gain a broader and more diverse understanding of our shared world, rather than creating unfair comparisons for young children in developing countries.

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