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Some Very Sad News: Ana’s Father Luis Lema, of Ecuador Unexpectedly Passes Away

1 October 2010 2 Comments

Dear All,

I’m sorry to report that one of the families that Aura’s House Donors so generously helped recently is now experiencing very hard times indeed. Ana Belen Lema Gomez of Ecuador (13) lost her father Luis Lema unexpectedly in late July when he suffered a heart attack. Aura’s House recently raised $2770 for the family to enable Luis, who was disabled, to start a small business repairing electrical appliances. Children International reported that the family was thrilled with their new workshop and Luis was enjoying his new enterprise and was constantly working on bettering his business.

Luis in his Workshop

See the gifts purchased from Aura’s House Donations
Visit Ana’s Income Generation Project

An excerpt from what Vickie Wiedenmann of Children International wrote:

“…I’ve just learned that Ana Belen’s father, Luis Lema, died from a heart attack in late July.  His wife told our staff that he had been working in his workshop that afternoon as he usually did – but felt a sudden pain in his chest.  They took him to the hospital immediately, but there was nothing that could be done.

Our staff has visited with the family to provide them additional support during this time.  They told our staff that they will keep the workshop that was provided to Mr. Lema (through the outstanding fundraising efforts of the Aura’s House team) until the brother, Daniel, completes his high school education – at which time Daniel has indicated his desire to work in the shop.  He wants to study electronics, and continue the work that his dad began.  Daniel is, however, only 8 years of age.  Our staff will work with him and his mother to see if there is anything they can do to help him with special educational support when the time comes.

The older daughter, Jennifer, is working as a seamstress and the children’s mother, Monica, is cleaning homes in the area to help support the family.  The income from both jobs is about $95 per month.

I know this must come as a shock to you … as it did to me, also.  We all had high hopes for Mr. Lema’s business and were encouraged that the family would be able to better themselves with the income he was earning.  I sincerely hope that Daniel can, indeed, continue his father’s work…”

Ana’s Sponsor Stephanie Writes:

“…This is just so heartbreaking. I remember just recently that both of the girls had mentioned in their letters how optimistic about life they were feeling since their father got the workshop. They were so thankful and talking about their dreams for their future careers. I just hope I can help them stay on that path.”

A recent Photo of Ana

Currently Stephanie, Children International, and Aura’s House are looking into what the family’s needs are and if there is something that we can do to help. Please stay tuned to learn the latest news and please feel free to leave condolences for Ana and her family. We will collect all comments to this post, have them translated, and will attempt to get them delivered to Ana and her family.

Thank you again to all who care so much about Ana and her family.


  • Stephanie said:

    To Ana and Adriana, (also Monica, Jennifer and Daniel) –

    I’m so very sorry to hear that your father Luis has passed away. I know that you loved him very much and that this is a very hard time for you. I feel so sad for you and wish I could be there to give you both a big hug. I want you to know that I will continue to do all that I can to help you and your family. Never forget that your sponsor loves you very much and is so proud of you!

    With so much love for all your family, your sponsor Stephanie

  • Kristen (author) said:

    Dear Ana and Family,

    My deepest condolences for your loss. I never met Luis Lema, but I could see his warm personality shine through in his photos. He was determined and worked hard to make his business a success for the benefit of his family.

    May his memory live on and may there be better days ahead.

    Best wishes,
    (Aura’s House)

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