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Marjai Gives Back Through Teaching and Sharing Her Passion

The Kansas City Learning Center came full circle this week when long-time HALO youth, Marjai, helped HALO staff lead a workshop on empathy for local youth emergency shelter teens. Marjai has been a part of HALO since she was 10 years old. Now 17 and a junior in high school, she continues to foster her childhood passion of writing novels …

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Alice had the Confidence to Dream

HALO Founder Rebecca Welsh writes: “It was a little over 10 years ago. Freshly pumped with vaccines, I shoved all the art supplies, clothing, and granola bars I could into my dingy backpack. I lie there in my bed, eyes wide open, and sure of only one thing – I was being called to Africa and India. 3 flights and a …

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I Am More

HALO Founder Rebecca Welsh writes: “Dignity is the state of being worthy of respect. We are all born with it. It is that voice inside us that tells us are worth more than we sometimes think we deserve. Many times for our kids, their dignity is all they have. Its the voice inside of them whispering that the way they …

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#HumansofHALO “Dream Home”

“My dream home feels like an actual family. I haven’t grown up with a so called family. I’ve grown up with no one eating dinner together, we all go to our rooms, arguing, no family time, my dad’s always at work. My stepmom is always on her phone. My little brother is the number one priority. My older brother doesn’t …

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This is my story, will you listen?

  Meet Amari, HALO child who recently completed the HALO program. We are her family always. “When I was 6 months old my mother was convicted of murder and sentenced to 13 years in prison. When I was little, I lived with my dad off and on and loved every bit of it. I could be myself, as good or …

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Perseverance at its Best

HALO Founder Rebecca Welsh writes: “Instead of going to dances and games and Central Dairy with friends, she spent her days and nights caring for a family member who physically couldn’t care for himself. She lived in a basement with him and couldn’t keep up with the demands of her classes. She was headed toward failure, so far behind at …

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Listen to These Inspiring Stories from Our HALO Children

Hearing our children’s stories of success reminds us of why we do what we do. It’s why the HALO family and volunteers dedicate countless hours of our lives to this mission: to provide a foundation of a family for children without one, and most importantly, love. Listen to these girls’ stories below to see how love can heal: Marjai has …

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Meet Nakato Winnie

Nakato tells us how HALO helped change her life… “The time I came in the home I used to be a very bad person. I used to behave in a weird manner. To an extent people couldn’t even tolerate me. Not even my mom could tolerate my character. There were a lot of things she used to say. She would even speak …

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Meet Denis and Stephen: Best friends from Gulu Boys Home

Meet Ayella Denis Wallan and Ocaya Stephen, they are both living in the Gulu boys home. They are the same age, go to the same school and they are inseparable best friends. They are disciplined, friendly, jolly, welcoming and incredibly hard working both at school and at home. They love playing football and making new friends. Because they come from …

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#HumansofHALO: Meet Sunday

Meet Sunday. Sunday did not have a safe home at a young age and ended up living on the streets, which meant he was begging daily for his basic needs and suffering at an unimaginable level. Although he was in many situations that could call for bad choices, Sunday consistently chose the high road, even at a very young age. Sunday has created an art piece about the …