Mary is 12 years old. She is the sixth born in a family of nine children and lost her father at the age of 8 years old. Her mother does not have a stable source of income to take care of her, along with her eight siblings. Mary's older siblings left to find survival on their own, and Mary stayed to work and provide for her remaining family while her mother also worked on farms to be able to feed her family. At the time, they lived in two small huts and had no close neighbors.
Mary joined the HALO family in 2018 and lives in the HALO Lungujja Home. Mary loves to play indoor games like chess, ‘mweso’ a local game and enjoys animated movies. She is a very hard working girl, responsible and good at executing tasks given to her, a good mobilizer, a great cook and has greatly improved in her spoken English and expression of herself. She talks so fast and is a comic story teller and many of her fellow girls in the home enjoy her company. Mary is in primary 4 this year at school, and her dream is to become a doctor. She wants to one day be able to change the living standard of her family as she believes she will always be the pillar of her family. Thank you for serving as the foundation of a family and providing education to children who need it most.
Annet lost her father when she was a child and sadly her mother could not take care of her, her twin brother and other siblings. She then joined the HALO family in 2007 and lived in the HALO Lungujja Home. During her time in the HALO home, she loved to play football and do acrobats. She also served as a mentor to other children and has always provided support for others.
Annet is now in her second year at Makerere University Business School getting her degree in Business Administration. Her friends would describe her as disciplined and hardworking. While attending school, she has a part time job to support her family, sickly twin brother and her personal living expenses. She also makes liquid soap and sells this for extra income. Annet loves dancing and is a very social person who loves to smile and laugh with everyone around her.
Our goal at HALO is for our kids to become contributing members of their communities. We believe that every child should have the support of a family. HALO is so incredibly proud of Annet, and we know she will continue to do great things.
Thank you for supporting kids just like Annet. You are truly serving as the foundation of a family for children without one. Together, we can break the cycle of homelessness for children around the world.
Shakirah is17 years old and has spent the last three and half years living in the HALO Lungujja Home in Uganda. She will complete Form 2 and enter her second to last year of high school this year. As a background for you, her mother was a single parent and had a hard time finding work that made enough income to provide for her family. Shakirah became a troubled youth and was brought to the HALO home for care when she was just 14. Through a supportive environment, she is now a driven young woman with a gift of leadership and often leads the younger HALO girls in evening homework studies. Shakirah also loves to sing and cook for the girls in the HALO home. Once she finishes high school, she would like to attend college to have an opportunity for a better life and to become a contributing member of her community. Thank you for providing the foundation of a family for children without one.
Caroline grew up at Baraka with her two other siblings. Her father was never present in her life and her mother was killed in the National forest gathering firewood by a wild animal. She is now studying at a cosmetology school. She did not score high enough on her national exam to go to high school but was able to join this college through her natural talent of braiding hair and makeup. She has a tender spirit but always ready to engage in a conversation about hair, nails, or makeup. She takes her exam for her cosmetology certificate in just a few weeks. We hope to help her get a degree in this subject as she has a natural talent for beauty. Thank you for making educational opportunities possibly for HALO youth like Caroline.
Stella is one of five children and when her father died at a very young age, her family began to struggle to make ends meet financially. She was brought to the HALO Mengo Home in 2009 at the age of 9. Over the years, Stella proved her potential through her education and was selected to attend HALO's longtime partner Cornerstone's Leadership Academy in 2017.
Now, at the age of 19, Stella is in Senior 5 at the Academy high school. She is very driven in school and is excited to see what her future holds. It is obvious her hard work is paying off because she was selected among many applicants to attend this leadership academy and through this school, she will have no trouble finding her own success when she finishes her education. Thank you for your support and providing the foundation of a family for children without one.
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