HELO Orphanage in Haiti

HELO Vino 2015

Last year at our first HELO Vino, we pledged to change wine to water.  Thanks to the generosity of many, we did so.  There is a working well at HELO providing clean, potable water not only to our three families, but to a community in need.

In addition, we made a barrel of wine!  We hope you will come join us on 9/12/15 to taste the first HELO Vino, see a bottling demonstration, and enjoy a great time for a good cause!  Of course, you'll have the opportunity to sign up to help make the next barrel of HELO Vino, and help us achieve our next "miracle", or simply get over 100 children back to school, and meet our goal of starting a new home!

Join us at The Crush Club, 65 South Colony Road in Wallingford, CT for our second annual HELO Vino!

September 12, 2015 6:00-10:00 p.m.

Tickets:  $30 in advance (click "donate now" at the top of this page, or send a check payable to HELO, Inc. to 43 Lake Shore Drive, Middlefield, CT 06455) or $50 at the door.




Grab your friends, kids, siblings, parents, etc. and participate in the challenge! Help us raise funds for our school and awareness about the crippling cost of education in Haiti.

Here's the rules of the challenge:
1. Post a video of you dancing to your favorite song (solo or with others)
2. Tag HELO on either Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (or all of the above! Username on Instagram and Twitter: @helohaiti)
3. Use the hashtag ‪#‎Dance4HELO‬ in your post
4. Challenge your friends and family to do the same!

Don't want to dance? No problem, simply make a donation to HELO for our school and students. Gifts of all sizes will go a long way!

Just hit the "Donate Now" button, top right hand corner, or go to "How to Help" page.THANK YOU for your support!!

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A Well for HELO!


Haiti: A Country Full of Hope, Joy, and Love

By SangJoo ("SJ") Kim

In the past, when someone asked me which country is the best place I have ever been to, I would hesitate and say the Czech Republic. Although the Czech Republic is a beautiful country that I would like to visit again, the Woodstock Academy trip to Haiti in April 2014 shifted my list of favorite countries. This past October, I was excited to be invited to Haiti again and of course, excitedly, I decided to join the team.

SJCollageHaiti is the most wonderful country that is full of hope, joy, and love. It was completely different from what I had been hearing for 17 years. Especially filled with joy and the best part of my trips, was the HELO orphanage in Les Cayes. HELO, founded by Elisabeth Kennedy and Jean Phares Beaucejour, provides Home, Education, Love, and Opportunity to 54 children as well as a school for more than 90 children.

Every single kid at HELO is surprisingly bright, warm, and loving. They always greet people with kisses and hugs. By the end of the trip, all the team members (Annabel, Amy, Jessica, Erin, and Sara) were exhausted from doing activities like arts and crafts, soccer, singing, and hide and seek. I will never forget the beautiful smiles of each child and their soft voices asking “pote’m” (which means hug or pick me up). Even hearing “chinwa” (which means Chinese) from the kids, who were teasing me since I was struggling to explain that I am Korean!

Waking up every day listening to chickens, goats, and mosquitoes will also stay in my heart, as it is reminder of the beauty of the countryside and of the country’s people. I am hoping that I can go back again soon and I will be looking forward to it.

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