At HALO, we have the privilege of not only getting to know the unique and special stories of each of our youth but also getting to see them succeed. Our youth overcome obstacles with such tenacity. They learn to value themselves through the mentors and friends they meet along the way, and that is why seeing them succeed is so special to us.
Congratulations to Hawa! She recently graduated from Makerere University with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Hawa has come so far from where she started in the slums of Katwe. Her family was having a hard time finding the basic needs for survival and this put Hawa at risk. Due to these circumstances, she was recruited to join the Ntinda home, where she found a foundation of a family and a support system that would help her thrive. There were loving mentors and people that welcomed her with open arms. She claimed, "This was my turning point". At the home, mentors encouraged her to read. They were also taught to love one another, teamwork, self-control, and patience. Hawa says, "What I am today, is because I was able to keep the above aspects with me wherever I went and because I received love and care from the mentors and children that I was staying with in the home." Seeing her holding a bachelor's degree without any limitations, is why we do what we do at HALO. Hawa, we are so proud of you, Congratulations.
Congratulations to Winnie! Winnie is someone who is habitually curious and always seems to want to grow her education. She just graduated with an Honors Degree in Science of Accounting and Finance from Makerere University. With this admiration for school, she was able to make her dreams become a reality. At the young age of 11, Winnie lost her parents. Life became tough without money or resources provided for her. She was brought to Kampala and worked as a maid for a family. While in Kampala, she was identified by the mentors of Mengo girls' home funded by HALO. At this home, she was transformed through counseling, character development, and mentorship. She created bonds with the other girls in the home that helped guide her throughout her community work and skill development. She was able to empower herself and transform her life all while continuing her education. "The home built my confidence, restored my self-worth, and gave me a new hope in life. My life is better today I can say, for I am able to sustain myself without being dependent. A special thanks to all people who played roles in my life especially the HALO family that made this dream of being a graduate come alive," says Winnie. Winnie we are so glad you were able to make your dreams come true, Congratulations!
Congratulations to Christopher! He has come so far. Christopher started coming to HALO Haven in December of last year. He needed help getting focused and raising his grades. This past month he has graduated High School with A's and B's! This is a huge accomplishment for Christopher, and we are so proud of him. We are endlessly inspired by his work ethic and perseverance. We can't wait to see what next steps he will take to continue his amazing work ethic. We believe every child deserves the foundation of a family. Part of being that foundation is celebrating important accomplishments alongside our youth. Christopher, we are so proud of you. Congratulations.
We appreciate all those who help our kids along the road to success! Hawa, Winnie and Christopher had many mentors throughout their development at HALO who they will always be grateful for. Our volunteers mean so much to us whether they are volunteering once a week or once a month. If you are interested in giving some of your time to a great cause click the link! https://haloworldwide.org/volunteerathalo/