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Complete: Tuition Project For Aura Hernandez (17) of Guatemala -$974 Raised for the 2011 School Year. Thank You!

3 November 2010 No Comment

Project launched: November 3, 2008.
Project Completed: November 3, 2010.

Tuition Project for Aura Hernandez (17) of Guatemala

Our goal was to raise $1200 for Aura’s first year of school (2009), $657 for Aura’s second year of school (2010), and to raise $974 for her third and final year of school (2011).

$1200 Raised for 2009 -Thank You!
$657 Raised for 2010 -Thank You!

$974 Raised for 2011 -Thank You!

See photos and read updates on Aura’s progress.
Updates and Photos from October 2010


Aura Hernandez (First row, sitting second from the right)

Our goal was to provide Aura Hernandez (16) of Guatemala with tuition for three years of secondary school so she may have the opportunity to become a teacher in her community. In Aura’s first and second years of school which were funded by Aura’s House donors, she excelled in her classes and appreciates how fortunate she has been to receive an education from your donations. Read more about Aura’s progress here.

Children International reports that there is no one in Aura’s village qualified to teach beyond the 9th grade. They have identified a private school an hour away that Aura can attend to obtain a Teaching Certificate. We aimed in November 2008 to raise $1200 for her first year of school and in November of 2009 to raise $657 for 2010. Luckily, thanks to an extra $330 raised last year, $500 donated by super donor and Aura’s House partner Mike Epler, and a $100 donation from Aura’s sponsor, we had an additional $276 that went towards her 2011 tuition.

Aura’s 2011 tuition is due the first week of January of 2011. Thank to our donors for all their generous help. 

Breakdown of Costs for 2011:

1 School enrollment $80.00
10 Monthly payments $500.00
Annual paperwork payment $60.00
School uniform $40.00
1 Graduation Fees $80.00
1 Prepractice Uniform $130.00
1 School Seminar $84.00

Total: $974.00

Kristen Palana with her sponsor child, Aura in 2006.

Aura is the sponsor child of Kristen Palana, the founder of Aura’s House. The site is named after Aura and our first main project was to raise funds for her home back in 2004. Read Aura’s letters of thanks upon hearing that her education might be funded. See photos of her Quinceanera party that was partially funded by Kristen’s donations.

Kristen wrote:

“Hi Everyone,

Believe it or not, while I enjoy working on this website and seeing the photos and hearing stories of all the children and families we’ve been able to help over the years, I actually am not very good at asking for money. There’s so many good causes out there and I try to bug my family and friends no more than once a year if possible to help with a personal fund raising project. It just so happens to be that time of year again.

I’ve been sponsoring Aura through Children International since she was nine years old. Her warm personality always came through in her letters and photos. In 2003 I was inspired to create this website that allowed me to raise $4500 to build her and her family a safe, sturdy brick home, $500 for furniture and supplies, and another $700 that went towards desks for her village elementary school. I was lucky enough to meet Aura and her family in person in 2006 (see photos) and luckier still to be able to use the site in 2008 to raise $1200 for one year’s worth of secondary education and $657 for her second year in 2009. Aura’s goal since she was little was to become a teacher so that, “every child in her village may learn to read.” When I heard from Children International that schooling in her village only goes up to grade 9, I felt like maybe I could do something to help make Aura’s dream come true.

I’m a big fan of education. I believe it is a ticket out of poverty and towards a life full of opportunity and choices. It’s wonderful that so many Aura’s House donors have made 2009 and 2010 years in which Aura was able to continue her education. It’s my hope that she can continue her final year of her three year teaching certificate program and realize her dream of becoming a teacher. I had resources available to me to get my own education; free public schooling through grade 12, financial aid for a state college education and help from my family, and government student loans to pay for graduate school. These resources don’t exist for Aura in Guatemala. Her only hope is if strangers will once again pool their money to help make her dream come true. Her tuition for 2011 is due the first week of January 2011.

Please, if you have a little money to spare, even $1, it will make all the difference in the world. This website inspired by Aura is proof enough of that.

Thanks in advance if you can help with a small donation that will bring another teacher into the world in a small Guatemalan village that could really use one.

Best wishes,


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