I have posted in the past about the HALO Foundation (Helping Art Liberate Orphans) and their passion for empowering youth to succeed through art therapy and education. Being Valentines Day, I thought it was fitting to feature their passionate mission and their love for the youth they take care of. HALO’s theme for this year is “Make Your Mark”. In HALO’s own words ” 2014 is all about empowering you to make your mark on the world by changing the lives of at-risk youth everywhere”. HALO is hosting their Annual ArtReach Auction on February 28th and you can find more information about it here. There are also many other ways to help HALO with their mission that I have listed below. I recently had dinner with the HALO team (thank you ladies!) and Mary Pryse, one of their inspirational ambassadors working in Uganda. She talked passionately about the youth that she works with daily and shared stories of their struggles before and triumphs after being taken in by HALO. I encourage you to read more here on Mary’s blog about the fantastic impact she is making on these youth. It has been so inspiring getting to know Rebecca, the founder of HALO, and her passionate team. They are truly making hearts happy!! Read a recent People Magazine article about the progression of HALO and how they are impacting youth right here in Kansas City as well as other countries.
Safe Haven, shown above, and other works by HALO youth are available for sale right here with all proceeds benefitting HALO youth. Some featured works will be auction items at the HALO ArtReach Auction, including the Villages in Uganda shown above. Read more about Mark’s art and his journey with HALO.
The HALO Mission
The HALO Foundation empowers youth in the greatest need to become contributing members of their communities. We are a volunteer-driven, grassroots non-profit with 87 percent of donations going directly to programs. Internationally, HALO supports 11 orphanages and programs in Uganda, Kenya, Mexico, India, and Nicaragua. This includes providing food, water, shelter, clothing, education, art therapy, caretakers, and vocational training or college for youth in the greatest need. Domestically, HALO supports future-focused programming for at-risk youth to help them set tangible goals for becoming contributing members of their communities. HALO currently has HALO Centers in Kansas City, Missouri and Jefferson City, Missouri, and programming in Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles.
– HALO foundation
If you live in Kansas City please think about attending their Annual ArtReach Auction or consider donating in other ways listed below.
Enjoy the weekend!