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May/June 2009 Newsletter

4 May 2009 2 Comments

New Project for Joselin Launches, Roof Project for Lesly Completes, The Beds Keep Coming, and AH Welcomes a New Partner

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Here are the latest goings-on at the Aura’s House website. We’ve been making great progress on all of our current projects, with some just a few hundred dollars away from completion. For example, donations to Ana’s Income Generation project are still being tripled up to the first $1500 raised. The goal for this project is to help Ana’s disabled father start an electronics repair business. We’re just about halfway there! Also, we are only $306 away from being able to help Nyslin and family of Guatemala purchase chickens that would enable them to earn extra income and lift some of their financial burdens. Finally, there is just a little over $500 to raise each for Joey’s Hog Income Generation project in the Philippines and Zoila’s Chicken Income Generation project in Honduras. Thanks again to all who have helped these families so far get a little bit closer to a better standard of living.

We’ve also recently finished our Roof Project for Lesly and family of Guatemala on April 17, 2009. Thanks to our generous donors, Lesly and family soon will have a safe and sturdy roof that keeps them dry and healthy during Guatemala’s rainy season. Our goal was $393 and $554 was raised in total. The extra funds will go towards other pressing family needs such as food and clothing supplies. Stay tuned for photos and updates of the gifts purchased!

Our newest project is an Income Generation and Household Goods Project for Joselin and family of Guatemala. See the article below or click here to learn more about this latest project that aims to bring electricity and a tortilla business to this hard-working family. Our goal is to raise $502. Also in Guatemala are the latest deliveries of beds for the 40 families helped by our recently completed Guatemala Bed Project. Check out the latest photos and thank you letters.

Finally, we’d like to extend a warm welcome to longtime donor and volunteer, Courtenay Honeycutt. She is our latest partner at Aura’s House along with myself, Anastasia Yecke, Mike Epler, Christina Sidoti, and Heather LaBonte Efthymiou. She’s currently helping to thank donors on our donors list and is also keeping track of upcoming projects on our waiting list. See the article below or click here to meet Courtenay.

Thanks as always for your concern for needy children and their families. If you have any comments or suggestions as to how the site can be better, please feel free to contact us at info (at) aurashouse.com.

Best wishes for a happy spring and start of summer.

Kristen, Ana, Mike, Christina, Heather, Courtenay, and the Aura’s House Team


Joselin Hilario (15) of Guatemala


Joselin in her home in Guatemala.

Joselin Hilario lives with her family in Guatemala. Joselin’s older sister, Sandra, recently gave birth to a healthy baby and the family has had to pay for extra expenses. Because of the added expenses, the family has been unable to buy raw materials and gas to continue with their income-generating project of making and selling tortillas. The family’s home has only one electrical socket to provide electricity for all 4-rooms in the house. The family would like to install more electrical sockets for convenience and safety reasons. In addition, Joselin and her family need a proper cabinet to store their clothes. Read Article


Roof Project for Lesly Lutin Solis (6) of Guatemala City, Guatemala

Lesly (center) with her family

Lesly (center) with her family

We Did It! $394 Raised! -plus an additional $201 past our goal. Lesly’s family’s roof has holes so some of the tin sheets need to be replaced. When it rains the water pours in. They also need to pour a concrete slab in the courtyard because the rain turns it to mud and it doesn’t dry out due to the humidity and this affects the family’s health. Thanks to you, donors, Lesly’s father can begin construction with the roof materials you provided. Read Lesly’s Story.


More Beds in Guatemala Purchased for Needy Families


Aura’s House completed a major project that raised donations so that children who regularly sleep on the floor could have their own beds. 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. Vickie Wiedenmann of Children International recently sent us photographs of six children with their new beds purchased through your donations. She, also, sent five letters from the children thanking Aura’s House. See Photos and Read Letters


Aura’s House Welcomes New Partner, Courtenay Honeycutt

Courtenay (left) with her mother who is also an Aura's House  Supporter

Courtenay (left) with her mother who is also an Aura's House Supporter

Courtenay has been involved with Aura’s House since it was launched in 2004. She has always taken an active interest in the projects and has consistently donated. She will be updating the donor’s list, writing articles, and answering emails from site patrons and donors.

Courtenay writes:

“I have been donating to/volunteering with Aura’s House since shortly after the first project was completed. Seeing what Kristen was able to do for Aura through Children International persuaded me to choose CI when I was first considering child sponsorship. I currently sponsor two children: Wilson, 10, from Guatemala and Bianka, 3, from Ecuador. One of my passions is Latin America, and volunteering with Aura’s House and Children International allows me to learn more about this region while helping others. I also enjoy learning languages (I speak passable Spanish and am currently learning Welsh) and am an avid Indy Car fan. I am a student at Indiana University, where I am working on a PhD in Information Science.”


Previous Newsletters :

February/March 2009
December 2008
October 2008
July 2008
June 2008
February 2008
January 2008
Newsletters from 2007
Newsletters from 2006
Newsletters from 2005
Newsletters from 2004


  • Kristen said:

    I just wanted to add a special thank you to partner Christina Sidoti who set up 95% of this newsletter. You are the wo-man!

  • Christina Sidoti (author) said:

    Ha! Thanks, Kristen! 🙂

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