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Complete: Emergency Project for Ana Gomez of Ecuador: $630 Raised. Thank You!

5 February 2011 No Comment

This project is now complete. Launched: Nov. 23, 2010.
Completed: Feb. 5, 2011.

Emergency Project for Ana Belen Lema Gomez (13) of Ecuador
Our goal was to raise $500. Ana Belen Lema Gomez of Ecuador (13) lost her father Luis Lema unexpectedly in late July when he suffered a heart attack.  The family relied on his business (income generating project funded in 2010 by Aura’s House donors) as a source of income and is devastated both emotionally and financially without him.  Read more about his passing here. Your donations went toward keeping Ana from having to leave school and helping the family pay for the funeral and tomb niche.  This project raised money for the following gifts: school fees, a tomb niche, and funeral debt. All projects on the Aura’s House site are 100% US tax deductible.

Read about the gifts made possible by your donations and see photos of Ana with dressmaking supplies.

$630 Raised


Ana Lema

Ana Lema


Donation Breakdown
Ana’s School Fees = $250
Funeral Debt = $200
Towards Tomb Niche Debt = $50 (actual debt is $500)

TOTAL: $ 500


Ana is the sponsor child of Stephanie W. of Maryland.

Stephanie writes:

“My sponsor child Ana Belen Lema Gomez was the recipient of a wonderful income generating project from Aura’s House. Her family was provided with funds for an electrician’s shop which was run by her father. Everything was going well and the shop was thriving when Mr. Lema suddenly passed away in late July. As a result Ana and her family have been thrown into turmoil and their future is uncertain. In order to pay for the funeral Ana’s older sister Jennifer had to take out a loan of $200 from her employer at the dress making factory where she works. The family also had to pay an additional $500 for a tomb niche and consequently have gone into debt. Without Mr. Lema and his work in the electrician’s shop as a source of income the entire burden of keeping the family afloat has fallen on Jennifer, who is only sixteen years old.

Currently, Ana attends a dress making school where she is learning valuable skills for her future. Luckily her school fees for this year have already been paid. However, in order for Ana to stay in school she needs $250 worth of materials for her classes.

Children International’s staff have talked with the family and are working on a plan to open a tailoring business that Jennifer will be able to run out of the family home, using the space that was formerly the electrician’s shop. Jennifer will also teach Mrs. Lema how to sew so that Mrs. Lema can help earn an income while staying home to care for Ana and her two younger siblings, Adriana and Daniel. Fortunately Daniel’s sponsor has agreed to fund this income generating project. Our hope is that with this new business in place the family will be able to start to earn an income again and Ana will be able to remain in school. However, it will take some time for the tailoring shop to get up and running and in the meantime Ana and her family face an uncertain future. School fees of $250 and debt of $700 are a devastating burden for the family. It’s my hope that through this emergency project, Aura’s House and all the generous donors can come to Ana’s rescue and put her family once again back on the road to a secure future.

I want to thank everyone who donates to Ana’s Emergency Project and also everyone who donated to her project in the past. The Lema family have taken every opportunity they have been given and made the most of it. They have been derailed by the tragic death of Mr. Lema but I am confident that they can come together and be successful again. I thank you all on behalf of the Lema family from the bottom of my heart!”

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