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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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Healing in Kenya

                                      Having the foundation of a family can impact a child’s life forever. HALO is that foundation for children all over the world. Here’s an inside look on how this loving support shapes our HALO children in Kenya: Housing. Samuel gives us …

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#HumansofHALO – Meet Joseph

                                                Joseph has been part of the HALO Makerere Home for one year. Before joining the HALO family, Joseph was living on the streets of Kampala after walking nearly three hundred miles from his home village. After …

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HALO Child Featured in Kansas City Star for Slam Poetry Competition

After winning the regional slam poetry competition in March, a team of nine Lincoln College Preparatory Academy students will take their talent to the next stage of the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival in San Francisco in July. One of these students is Marjai Neal who has been a part of the HALO family for 6 years. …