Children and art, what could be a better combo?
I have had the wonderful opportunity to be connected to an amazing organization for four years now called HALO (Helping Art Liberate Orphans). My dear sister-in-law, Lacy Voight, is the Program Director there and has done amazing things.
My personal connection with HALO is a creative one. I donate where I can make the biggest impact and that is by donating paintings. They auction off for more money than I could afford to donate so it’s a no brainer, I’m going to paint. The point here is not the artwork though, it’s the reason behind it.
Empowering youth in the greatest need to become contributing members of their communities.
The HALO Foundation is committed to enhancing the living conditions and providing art therapy for orphans worldwide. HALO provides American youth with opportunities to learn philanthropy and volunteerism by seeing the world through the eyes of the less fortunate.
Orphans supported by HALO are provided food, water, shelter, clothing, education, and art therapy. HALO works with orphanages in Mexico, India, Uganda, Kenya, Nicaragua and residential homes in the United States. Children from these homes submit their artwork to be sold at events in the United States, and aid in raising funds for continued support.
Wow isn’t that awesome?
Another mind-blowing fact, especially if you’re a Missourian, is that HALO started in Jefferson City with the dream of HALO’s founder Rebecca Welsh.
You may have seen this painting in a post awhile back called (The Zombie Phase of Life). It is finished now and the piece is titled Da Capo al Fine. It is next to be auctioned off for this amazing cause at the HALO Art Auction on May 3rd in Kansas City.
If you have ever wanted to stand behind an incredible organization this is the place to do it. If you would like to help support HALO (in any way) please check out their site www.haloworldwide.org and for those of you that are visual here is their video. A picture is worth a thousand words. This will move you.
Despite all the bad we hear so much about, there are stars in this world that go much unnoticed. The people and volunteers that make up HALO are at the top of that list.