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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 …

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Local HALO Youth Awarded Moroccanoil® Cosmetology Scholarship

  HALO Teen Awarded Moroccanoil® Cosmetology Scholarship Formerly Homeless, Future is Now Bright for Kansas City Teen   KANSAS CITY, MO. – It feels like the holiday season at The HALO Foundation, a Kansas City non-profit committed to empowering youth in the greatest need. Local HALO youth Jasmine received a full-ride scholarship of up to $20,000 to the cosmetology school of …

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HALO Youth Receive Scholarships for College

Limited financial resources is one of the biggest reasons Kansas City students are unable to attend college. Kansas City Security Association’s Education Fund is making it possible for 12 Kansas City youth to attend college this fall, two of which are HALO youth. Oscar and Tiana were chosen out of 48 applicants to each receive $18,000 scholarships for college. Both …

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Stella’s Story

Like so many of the youth in Uganda Stella has had a really hard life but unlike many youth in Uganda Stella was able to find an opportunity that allowed her to rise above her circumstances and succeed. I am sharing this with Stella’s permission. When I asked her if she minded if I share her story publicly she said no; she …