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Update on Aura Hernandez (16) of Guatemala -First Year of Secondary School

20 September 2009 4 Comments

Hi All.

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.

Visit last year’s tuition project for Aura.
See her recent progress at school
Visit the original house project from 2004.


Aura in uniform

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
their daughter.

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!


  • Anastasia said:

    YAY for Aura! I was privileged to meet her and her family along with Kristen a few years ago when we flew down to Guatemala and Honduras. What a wonderful girl with a great heart. Her family also impressed me – nice, genuine people who, although materially poor, are definitely rich in the things that matter. Can’t wait for the second tuition project!


  • Heather said:

    I was so happy to see she is really enjoying school and really taking advantage of the opportunity given to her as a result of the fundraiser. She is proof that people really do want to help themselves and sometimes just need a helping hand to do so. I am sure she will make a great teacher and help the poor children in her community one day. 🙂

  • Olga Leon said:

    I’m sure Aura is making a tremendous effort to keep up with her school and house chores. The glow in her face portraits all her acomplishments.

  • Kristen (author) said:

    At first I was concerned about her 75% average given that she was always top dog in her village school. But now she is in a private school with kids who have had a better education/ more opportunities all along. I imagine the work must be harder and none of the other kids have to deal with the chores she has. I sort of felt that way my freshman year of University coming from a so-so public school and being surrounded by wealthier students who went to the best schools.

    I am so proud of her and I know she is going to do amazing. Looking forward to the continuation of her project.

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