Give Kids Like Kristin a Home for One Year

by The HALO Foundation
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Give Kids Like Kristin a Home for One Year
Give Kids Like Kristin a Home for One Year
Give Kids Like Kristin a Home for One Year
Give Kids Like Kristin a Home for One Year
Give Kids Like Kristin a Home for One Year
Give Kids Like Kristin a Home for One Year
Give Kids Like Kristin a Home for One Year
Give Kids Like Kristin a Home for One Year
Give Kids Like Kristin a Home for One Year
Give Kids Like Kristin a Home for One Year
Give Kids Like Kristin a Home for One Year
Give Kids Like Kristin a Home for One Year
Give Kids Like Kristin a Home for One Year
Give Kids Like Kristin a Home for One Year
Give Kids Like Kristin a Home for One Year
Give Kids Like Kristin a Home for One Year
Give Kids Like Kristin a Home for One Year
Give Kids Like Kristin a Home for One Year
Give Kids Like Kristin a Home for One Year
Give Kids Like Kristin a Home for One Year
Give Kids Like Kristin a Home for One Year
Love Heals at HALO
Love Heals at HALO

Our youth in Uganda are passionate about giving back to their communities because it's given so much to them! The kids have been active participants in choosing different groups or communities they want to volunteer with.

The Lungujja Girls home and mentors chose to visit Rescue Mission Boys Home. The Rescue Mission Boys Home is a home for boys living on the street about 2 km from Lungujja Girls Home. The girls loved the experience so much that they discussed doing it as much as they could!

The Kibuli Boys chose to volunteer by playing games and spending time with children living on the street at Buganda Road Grounds. Many of the boys in our home have similar backgrounds to the children at Buganda Road Grounds, so they served as a form of hope for the children.

The Learning Center team and students chose to go to a rural community in Luwero and celebrate women on Mother's day at a local church.

The Community Outreach program in conjunction with AYLF (Africa Youth Leadership Forum) had an Outreach to Katalemwa Cheshire Children's home; a home for mentally and physically handicapped children.

Our kids were filled with joy and satisfaction when sharing gifts and acts of service like brushing the teeth of the children at Missionaries of the Poor, changing their diapers, helping to feed them, doing laundry, and more.

Even after all of the challenges our youth have experienced, they are continually excited to give back and help communities, just like they have been helped. It is possible for the communities to be transformed by our children, now more than ever. Their experiences make them unique and set them apart but also present them with an opportunity and platform to share what beauty still lies in humanity when we choose to accept it.

Thank you for ensuring our youth can continuously share their love and serve their communities. 

HALO youth volunteering
HALO youth volunteering
HALO Lungujja Girls volunteering
HALO Lungujja Girls volunteering
HALO Kibuli Boys volunteering
HALO Kibuli Boys volunteering
Learning Center volunteering
Learning Center volunteering
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First day back to school
First day back to school

After over a year hiatus due to the pandemic, the girls from the HALO Lungujja Girls Home were able to resume physical learning at school. This came as a result of the President directing that all schools would finally re-open for physical learning on January 10, 2022. All of the girls were overjoyed about going back to school, especially Medina and Anoline who had not gone to school for two years. The youth were also excited to join new classes. Right now, we have five youth in primary seven, five in primary six, two in primary five, and two in primary three. HALO is passionate about providing education so that we can put our kids on a path to a positive future. 

During the lockdown, HALO caretakers engaged the girls in reading, writing, math and music activities, along with different crafts to keep their minds engaged in learning. All youth had to participate in government exams to test into the next grade level, in an effort to not make youth repeat the level they were in when lockdown began. HALO is happy to report, thanks to the efforts of the caretakers in the Home, and supporters like you, that all youth from the HALO Lungujja Girls Home passed their tests and were able to advance to the next class level. 

Thank you for providing housing, healing and education to children who need it the most. 

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Joshua joined HALO in 2018
Joshua joined HALO in 2018

Please meet Joshua. He is a part of the HALO Kibuli Home in Uganda. Joshua’s life on the street before HALO was very difficult.  He was often unsure of where his next meal would come from, and he was not in school. 

In 2018, Joshua was recruited into the HALO Home where for the past three years, he has 3 meals a day, a roof over his head with caretakers, mentors and counselors to support his wellbeing. This would not be possible without supporters like you. 

Being a part of HALO, means having opportunities that enrich your life, and that many others get from having the foundational support of family. For Joshua, that means having opportunities just this past year alone, where he was invited to perform and participate in a large Psycho Social Support Forum, as well as attend an end of year camp with his peers and mentors to celebrate the accomplishments and hardships they have endured over the past year.  

HALO is so proud of the growth that we have seen in Joshua since coming to HALO, and we are so excited for him to start school again in January after a long break due to the pandemic. Joshua stayed committed to his studies and his reading skills during the break and cannot wait to get started again in the new year. 

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Holiday Season. Thank you for supporting kids just like Joshua.

Joshua with his peers and mentors at camp
Joshua with his peers and mentors at camp
Joshua at the Psycho Social Support Forum
Joshua at the Psycho Social Support Forum
Joshua with HALO Program Manager
Joshua with HALO Program Manager
Joshua during a youth writing activity
Joshua during a youth writing activity
Joshua during a dance activity
Joshua during a dance activity
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Juma
Juma

Juma is a 22-year-old who lives in Lungujja. He lost his parents at a very young age causing him to grow up on his own and miss out on formal education. He developed amazing musical talents at a young age and found his love for drumming. This love of drumming got him a job as a musical instrumentalist playing for one of the NGOs in the Wakiso district. It provided him a reliable source of income right until the country locked down in March 2020. Things soon became hard for Juma, and he felt extremely lost and hopeless without any source of income.

Later on, he learned about the HALO Outreach Program from a friend who happened to be part of the program at the HALO Uganda Learning Center. He began going to seek counseling. Soon after, he decided to get involved with group and entrepreneurship counseling, which changed everything for him. Juma then started his own business in Kosovo, and this enabled him to meet his basic needs. Now Juma plans to expand his business to other locations and for more profits. Juma says, "If it wasn't for this program, I do not think I would have made it. Thank you to our sponsors, HALO." Juma, we are so proud of you!

We appreciate all those who help our kids along the road to success! Our donors mean so much to us whether it is a one-time donation or a monthly donation, we are so grateful for you.

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Sumaya
Sumaya

Hear from HALO Alum Sumaya from Uganda. She is now 20 years old and thriving! 

Sumaya joined the HALO family in 2008 after her mother was no longer able to care for her. While living in the HALO Mengo Home, she attended school and completed her primary education. Sumaya is currently in the Salon and Cosmetology progam at the HALO Uganda Learning Center. 

For over 5 years, the Uganda Learning Center provides a collaborate space for HALO Uganda youth to gather, learn, teach, grow and flourish. As Uganda continues to develop and advance as a country, our youth increasingly experience issues similar to those of American inner city youth. We have seen through our programming for youth in the U.S. that after school programming centers and continued education certifications can make all the difference for a child or young adult. The Learning Center is a place for youth to explore their passions and become engaged in safe and fun activities. Classes include Salon, Dance, Sewing and Fashion Design, Computer Skills, Music and Health Education. 

Thank you for supporting young adults like Sumaya so that she can follow her passion to one day work at a salon and become a contributing member of her community.

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