February/March 2009 Newsletter
New Aura’s House Website, Guatemala Bed Project Completes, Small Project 22 Complete, and Our New Featured Donor
Hello there Aura’s House Community,
If this is your first time visiting the site since our last newsletter, we do hope you are not startled by all the changes. As you can see we changed the look, feel, and function of the website. We’ve also finished several projects and have launched five new ones all at once for the first time in our nearly five year history. Our goal is to continue to help needy families around the world and give our visitors more choices, more input, and more options to participate in the site.
We are still working with Children International and will soon add a (gasp) SIXTH project that will benefit Liberian refugess in Ghana. This project will be run by Professor Alessandro Signorini and his Marketing for Non-Profit Organizations class at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy. They will have their own separate project page with their own Paypal donation button separate from the Children International donation button serving 99% of our projects. Stay tuned for updates and photos for our completed past projects as well as news and updates concerning our current and upcoming projects.
Below, please find our most recent updates as well as a new featured donor; Charlie Q of the Rome Review website and podcast.
We hope this long winter is not being too harsh on you and that our continuous efforts to help those poorer than ourselves will warm you up some.
Kristen, Ana, Mike, Christina, Heather, and the Aura’s House Team
New Website for 2009
We at Aura’s House have recently changed the look and feel of our website. The Aura’s House website was initially launched back in June of 2004. After nearly five years raising funds for needy families, it was time to make it more organized, more functional, more interactive, and more worth visiting on a daily basis. What does this mean to you, Community Member? You now get to blog with us and each other. Make comments on any article and then subscribe to it so you can be actively involved in conversation with other members of the community. Read Article
Income Generating Project in Ecuador Launches on February 4, 2009.
Aura’s House just launched five new income generation and roof projects in Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, and the Philippines. The first project is for Ana Gomez of Ecuador and her family. Our goal is to raise $2770 for a home workshop for Ana’s father Luis. Luis is disabled and requires a wheelchair. He would like to set up a home workshop to fix small appliances. Children International predicts a 60% rise in their income if Luis is able to have a workshop. It would also greatly improve his self-esteem. Read Ana’s Story.
Please note that ALL donations to this project up to the first $1500 raised will be automatically tripled thanks to super-donor Mike Epler and his employer’s matching challenge. Make a donation.
Learn more about all five projects on our home page.
The Guatemala Bed Project Completes
We Did It! $4,516 Raised! -plus an additional $316 past our goal that will buy beds for three more needy families. Stay tuned for updates and photos for this project. We aimed to buy desperately needed beds for impoverished families in Guatemala. Our goal was to raise $4200. Each bed costs $105 and our goal was to provide beds (mattresses included) to the 40 neediest families identified by Children International’s Guatemala City Agency.
Small Project 22 Completes
We Did It! $635 Raised!
Small Project #22 launched December 8, 2008 and completed January 9, 2009. Our goal was to give Naidelin Beatriz Jimenez Hernandez (6) and her family of Guatemala City, Guatemala the gift of materials and supplies to build the family a sturdy concrete roof.Naidelin turned 6 on August 7th, 2008. She enjoys playing with dolls and painting. Naidelin has two siblings, an older sister (8), and a younger brother (5). The family lives in a home with one bedroom and one multipurpose room that is used as a kitchen, living room, and dining area. The roof is made of corrugated metal which often leaks and does not provide a sanitary environment for the family.
Featured Donor: Charlie Q of Rome, Italy
Charlie Q writes:
“Hello kind and honorable recipients of the Aura’s House newsletter! Charlie Q here, host of the Rome Review Podcast, writing from Rome, Italy. As a person who is no stranger to pinching pennies, it’s easy to see that 2009 will be a year that might take more than pinching. That’s the bad news. But here’s the good news: it doesn’t take a lot of pennies to help others in a really big way.
I have been a supporter of Aura’s House for the past couple of years and have seen some really great things happen: Bacilio and his family moved into a new house and a school for deaf children in Ghana was able to build a chicken hatchery and Aura herself (yes, the girl for which the site is named!) was able to go on to high school to get her teaching certificate.
With your help, Aura’s House will continue to make big things happen with small donations through 2009. Thank you for your continued support and thanks to Aura’s House for helping to make a world of difference in the parts of the world that need it most.
In the meantime, if you or your friends are on your way to Rome, be sure to check out the Rome Review website, the premier resource for English speakers in Rome (www.romereview.com), and tune in to the Rome Review podcast, easily found on iTunes: LISTEN TO PODCAST ON ITUNES “
Rome Review Podcast
PS. Rome Review/ Aura’s House fun fact: If you look at earlier podcast episodes of Rome Review, please note that the contributor known as “TinyK” is also the founder of the Aura’s House website. Shhhh….
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