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“This is Town” by Jyothi from Tuni, India

Jyothi is 14 years old. She lives in the HALO supported Ashirvad Orphanage in Tuni, India. Jvothi is currently in 8th grade and studies English. Recently, Jyothi received a medal and appreciation certificate from her school because she finished first in her class. She is very intelligent and studies very hard to reach her goals. She has been living at Ashirvad for …

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“It was a happy day to me”

We asked some of the boys living in the Bukesa Home in Uganda to write a poem about one of their favorite memories. Umar wrote a poem about the day he came to Bukesa. After years of living without a family, it was his favorite memory. His first impression of Bukesa was, that it’s a very nice home. He could …

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Meet Yudaya!

After becoming estranged from her family.  Yudaya was living on the streets of Kampala when the Aunties from Lungujja Home met her. Yudaya joined Lungujja home in 2013. Since joining the home, Yudaya has been given the chance to consistently attend school and she has been thriving! Yudya is now in Senior 1, the equivalent of a freshman in high …

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HALO youth in Uganda sings “Human”

A group made up of HALO youth in Uganda and some of their friends and community members is meeting on a weekly basis at our Learning Center in Uganda. They are calling themselves “Afri-teens” and are mainly focused on dancing, singing, and performing arts. The group is led by Moses Busulwa, a boy from our Bukesa Home in Uganda, and John Aoumu, a …

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Happy Holidays, HALO Family!

Dear HALO Family, Ten years ago, I was inspired by a 6 year-old street girl named Daisy. She taught me what empathy is. I learned that empathy is not just putting yourself in someone else’s shoes. It is taking your heart out of your chest and letting it beat in someone else’s. I would close my eyes and sleep on …

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Meet Moses Lubega!

Before joining HALO, Moses lived on the streets of Kampala for almost two full years. After loosing his parents and grandparents, Moses found himself living with his stepmother. The stepmother no longer wanted to care for Moses, as her connection to him was no longer alive (Moses’ Father). Since joining the home, Moses has began a vocational program in welding. …

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TLP Girl’s Trip!

June was a fun month for Jefferson City Halo’s Transitional Living Program! On June 21, all three girls, all three babies, and two Halo staffers loaded into the big van and headed to Kansas City. First stop: Worlds of Fun! The girls had a blast riding rides and water slides while Elle and Lauren watched babies. After a full day …

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Summer Fun at the Bay of Bengal

Summer is upon us in the U.S., which means hot weather and high humidity. There’s no question as to why some of the most popular summer outdoor activities are designed to beat the heat, including pool lounging and beach visits. HALO youth in India at the Ashirvad Orphanage were able to join in on the fun this past week and …

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Two HALO Teens Awarded $18,000 Education Scholarship

  KANSAS CITY, MO. – Local HALO youth Jameisha and Shelzaray received $18,000 from the competitive Kansas City Security Association Education Scholarship. With 80 applicants and 10 recipients, HALO youth have the opportunity to pursue higher education without worry. The KCSA scholarship consists of first an essay about where they see themselves in five years, looking for youth with a …