H.A.L.O. was founded in 2007 by Fran Storper and her
granddaughter, Samantha Joseph, when she was 9 years old.
Her grandmother wanted her to learn about the joy of giving and recognized
that Samantha was a very compassionate young person. Their idea
was to have a charity for and about children because they both
love little ones. With the help of Samantha's father, Seth Joseph, H.A.L.O.
was able to incorporate in 2008 and became a 501(c)(3), tax exempt,
Because Seth has always done work in Haiti, Fran
and Samantha were very aware of the needs of the children in our
neighbor to the south.
They particularly wanted to help the babies who were starving or malnourished
and had heard about a nutritionally, fortified, peanut based food that
brings starving babies back to life
in just two weeks at a cost of only $63.75 per baby. Around the world
this is known as Plumpynut, but in Haiti, this special food is called
Fran and Samantha decided to raise money to save as many babies’ lives as possible
so they teamed up with a pediatrician, Pat Wolff, from St Louis, Missouri, who
spends half of her time in Haiti. Dr. Wolff is equally committed to saving the
lives of these babies. She has been to Florida many times and joined us in our
H.A.L.O. meetings, teaching us that babies who are malnourished in the first
of life, never are able to recover as they suffer from irreversible brain damage.
Dr. Wolff has now made it her goal to build a factory in Haiti to produce Medika
Mamba. The Haitians are now growing their own peanuts and processing them. This
is a venture, not only to
save the babies, but to bring a new industry to Haiti, creating jobs and providing
steady income to Haitians in addition to producing more Medika Mamba at a lower
H.A.L.O. also wanted to help the children in the Community
Partnership for the Homeless in Homestead, Florida. Initially, H.A.L.O. collected new toys to the
center to make sure that each child who comes to the center gets a toy on their
first day there. We hoped that would ease their transition into a homeless center.
We now know that over 1000 children go through the Homestead center in a year
and the numbers are growing in this difficult economy. We still bring toys, but
with the growing needs, we also provide school uniforms, school supplies, baby
clothes and books.
We have also helped other children through
contributions to other worthy charities such as JAFCO and St. Judes Childrens’
Hospital. As the needs grow so do our
goals of helping as many children as we can.
To date, all of our administrative costs have been underwritten by the founders
of the charity. This means that 100% of contributions go directly to the children
in need. Also, because we are a 501(c)(3), tax exempt, public charity, gifts
made to us may be tax deductible.
Please help us with your contribution to help children in need.