BID ON PIECES FEATURED AT OUR NOV. 4 BLOOM ART AUCTION IN NYC FROM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD
Slag Gallery premiered an international collaborative exhibition of works inspired by homeless, at-risk and orphaned youth from Mexico and around the world on Nov. 4, 2016. Internationally known artists were inspired by stories and artwork submitted by HALO youth.
These works will be auctioned off to support HALO. Slag Gallery’s art auction was held at 56 Bogart St. Brooklyn, NY 11206 on Nov. 4. This was a free event and featured over 30 pieces generously donated by artists and Slag Gallery.
View the incredible pieces and bid online here till Friday, Nov. 18, 5 p.m. EST.
HALO FEATURED IN SALMA HAYEK’S
PEOPLE MAGAZINE INTERVIEW
Lirio de los Valles was the first ever HALO-supported orphanage. HALO provides the children of this home with tuition for education, school uniforms, art therapy and other urgent needs. This orphanage houses anywhere from 65 to 110 children from the streets of Tijuana each year, with a focus on youth who have been victims of sexual abuse.
It costs, on average, $20 per month for education for a child. And $237 per month per child for their home, food, caretakers, medical needs. For everything. That is less than $10 per day. This is why we say every dollar counts. Because it truly does. It could be the difference between living on the streets or living with a loving family for a child. And this place is the family they need.
THE HALO MEXICO STORY
In the words of HALO Founder Rebecca Welsh
“When HALO first started over 12 years ago, I heard about the incredible need in the border town of Tijuana. Families who attempt to cross the border become completely helpless and children are, many times, left alone on the streets. After much research and thought, I took a trip to Tijuana, hoping to find the right place for HALO to help the children in these desperate situations.
Upon my arrival, I literally took a page out of the phone book and looked up and visited all the orphanages in and around Tijuana. (This was before Google). I evaluated and compared all of their budgets, how they operated, what their mission was, and most importantly, the feeling I got when I spoke with the children as I visited the home. There was one home in particular that I kept going back to. I got a certain feeling when I walked in. I showed up unannounced, as I always did. The home was run down, but you could tell the people and children living there took care of what they had. They were smiling, laughing and playing. It truly felt like one big family. I forgot I was in an orphanage and was moved to tears. Then I met Sarah. In between holding babies and setting rows of tables, she shared their story.
Her mother had started the home years ago by inviting street children into their home. There was such a need in the community, especially for children who were victims of sexual abuse. Many of the area orphanages wouldn’t and still won’t take sex-abuse victims because they are “more difficult” to serve. A church in San Diego later heard about their work and started to fund their program. They eventually got their own building and grew to supporting anywhere from 65-110 children at a time. As the years passed, the need continued to grow and the church wasn’t able to keep up. That is why HALO stepped in.”
60% of people in Mexico live below poverty
1.5 million children are orphaned in Mexico
Mexican government lacks resources for orphanages
OUR WORK HERE
HALO started working here in 2005
80% of children are victims of sexual abuse
Over 200 children supported through HALO
Lirio de los Valles, Playas