Who We Are

In 2008, after his first year at Grand Valley State University, Ryan Kaminski traveled to Africa to spend his summer teaching at several different primary schools in Uganda. Upon his return to the states he could not stop thinking about a young boy he met named Kayango. This young boy became representative of the struggle of many children in Uganda. Ryan was compelled to return once again with a dream to start a school for orphaned and vulnerable children. Kayongo’s Hope was started in the fall of 2008 and in 2012 officially formed as a not for profit (501c-3) organization to assist in funding this dream. Rising Star Junior School opened its doors to 295 children in February of 2012 and has continued to expand its reach into educating and enriching the lives of many more students and their families. With your help Rising Star can continue its efforts to educate and empower the next generation of young people in Uganda.