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 …
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 …
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 …
This is Stella with a copy of the newspaper her name is printed in for being accepted to Makerere University
Stella, a HALO supported girl living in the Mengo Home in Kampala, Uganda, recently received a scholarship from HALO to attend Makerere University. Stella is extremely deserving of the scholarship and I felt very moved by her story. Below is an interview with Stella after she received notice about the scholarship. Read her interview through to the end and you …
Stella, a HALO supported girl living in the Mengo Home in Kampala, Uganda, recently received a scholarship from HALO to attend Makerere University. Stella is extremely deserving of the scholarship and I felt very moved by her story. Below is an interview with Stella after she received notice about the scholarship. Read her interview through to the end and you will be inspired. For me, this serves as a reminder of the importance of our scholarship program.
What about going to college are you most excited about?
“I am most excited about the fact that I am joining the most beautiful university in Uganda. It is very hard to be accepted there. Even if I’ve not touched the sun at least I’ve touched the stars.”
Are you scared about going to college?
“Not at all. I am very happy and proud.”
What was the hardest part of your journey to this point?
“Before I joined HALO school fees were my stumbling block, and moving long journeys from home to school.” Stella explained that she had to walk very far every day to get to school. She said it was hard to stay late and get there early and the teacher would beat her for being late and not having all her homework.
What was the most joyous moment in your life?
“When I completed Senior 6 (the last level of advanced secondary school) because I never thought I would reach that level.”
What was the saddest moment in your life?
“When I was in Senior 2 and the people (my step-mothers and siblings) I was living with chased me away.”
Was there any point when you thought you might give up?
“Yes, when our father neglected us and didn’t give us anything. I thought I was born by mistake. I thought I was the problem. Our mother struggled so much that we thought maybe we shouldn’t be alive.”
What do you want to do after college?
“I will search for a job so I can support myself and my family. I would also like to continue to get my masters.”
What advice would you give the other Mengo girls?
“Be patient, very, very patient. Think about the future.”
Stella added, “I’d like to thank HALO because they have added a lot of value to my life. It was like a miracle.”
photo courtesy of Mary Pryse.
Let’s start off with this cuteness…. From left to right we have Ibra, Abudul, and Karim. These three are always hanging out with each other so the other day I asked each one why they like the other two. The first kid I asked was Ibra. Ibra is never in to answering my questions so in true form he just …