Update on Aura Hernandez (16) of Guatemala -First Year of Secondary School
This is an update on a project started last year for Aura Hernandez (16) of Guatemala. She is this website’s namesake, and our very first project in 2004 was to raise $4500 to build her and her family a safe, sturdy brick home to live in. Aura is now 16. Last year, we raised $1200 to help her continue her education beyond grade 9 (which is as far as kids can go in her village) so that she may obtain a three year teaching certificate that will allow her to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a teacher. Her goal is to teach the children in her village how to read. She currently attends a private school an hour away from her village where she works and studies very hard, while also trying to help her family by doing her daily chores (one of which is fetching the family’s water from a nearby river) when she is at home.
Vickie Wiedenmann of Children International writes:
“I’m happy to attach several photographs of Aura Yesenia Hernandez that
were taken recently when our staff visited with her and delivered some
additional school supplies for her. Aura’s mother told our staff that
both she and her husband are very supportive of Aura’s continued
education … And are very, very grateful for what you all have done for
In addition to all of her school fees being paid for 2009, she received
uniforms, a backpack, two pairs of school shoes, a great supply of
notebooks, pencils, pens, etc., calculator, textbooks, dictionary, USB
memory stick … And the funding was also there to help her with her
transportation costs to and from school each day.
Aura continues to be excited about her education, and is currently
maintaining an average of 75%. She wanted you to know that she is
making every effort to do her very best and continues to hold on to her
dream of becoming a teacher.
Thanks so very much for making all of this possible for this young lady!”
See recent photos of Aura with her school supplies, uniform, and family:
Read her letters of thanks:
We hope to launch the continuation of the tuition project for Aura in early November so that she can attend for the 2010 school year and complete Year #2 of the program. Her tuition is due the first week of January 2010. Please stay tuned and consider stashing $5 or so away to contribute towards this very worthy cause. Aura won’t disappoint you.
Thank you in advance!