Happy International Women's Day!
This is a day to honor and celebrate all of the inspiring women in our world. It is a day to acknowledge the cultural, social, economic, and political achievements of women all over the globe. This day encourages the equality and celebration of women everywhere, it is a day to reflect on how amazing women truly are. When females get together and lift each other up, there is nothing that can stand in their way.
"Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women who have her back."
Here at HALO, we are a tribe full of successful women. Here at HALO, we all have each other's backs. This day is incredibly meaningful for us, as it gives us the opportunity to honor the women who work each day for our youth, and the women in our programs who have overcome challenges and defied the odds. On this International Women's Day, we want to share some of these empowering stories.
Ceecee has been a part of HALO for seven years. She began HALO programs when she was 11 years old while she was attending a childcare organization for children facing poverty. Since then, she has blossomed in to such a beautiful young woman. Through her regular participation in HALO Center programming and events, she obtained her first job and worked to save her money. She is now finishing up her senior year of high school and beginning to apply for college. Through her dedication to bettering herself, she has truly defied the odds. We can't wait to see the places that she goes and the amazing things that she accomplishes.
HALO met Caylin and her baby girl in 2014. She graduated from the HALO home in 2016. After she graduated, she moved in to her own apartment with her daughter. Today, Caylin is in college with stable employment and high hopes for her future. Her daughter is now six years old. Through her grit and strength, Caylin is raising her daughter to be a strong woman, and setting a wonderful example of what it means to be one. We are so proud of her and woman she has become.
Esmeralda came to the Lilly of the Valley Home in Mexico at just 2 years old. Today, she has graduated from Nursing School and enjoys taking care of others. She has grown in to an incredible woman who makes a difference in the lives of others daily. She has truly defeated the odds.
Crystal came to the Ashirvad HALO Home when she was just three years old. She found herself at the home after her father abandoned her and her siblings and her mother was no longer able to feed and care for her. Today, she has overcome all obstacles and is studying at a junior college in Tuni, India. She is an incredibly strong woman who is full of passion. Her grit inspires us. We are so proud of the woman that she is becoming.
Alice came to HALO in 2008. She overcame many challenges to graduate from high school and receive a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting. She now works for HALO Uganda to give back to kids who are where she once was. We are inspired by her devotion. Alice is truly an incredible woman, we were lucky to watch her grow up and lucky to have her on our team today.
To all of these amazing women and to all of you, happy International Women's Day. As seen in these stories, behind every successful woman is a tribe of successful women who have her back. When females get together and lift each other up, there is nothing that we cannot do. HALO women are changing the world!
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