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Complete: Income Generating Project for Eloina de Jesus Salcedo of Guatemala – $855 Raised! Thank You.

18 February 2011 No Comment

This project is now complete. Launched: Nov. 3, 2010.
Completed February 18, 2011

See photos of Eloina and her mother making tortillas with their new equipment.

Income Generating Project for Eloina de Jesus Salcedo (7) of Guatemala
Our goal was to raise $750. Your donations went toward a tortilla making business for Eloina (7) and her family of Guatemala. This project raised money for the following gifts: tortilla making equipment, food supplies, a tablecloth, a basket, a bench for customers, a large wardrobe, and bedsheets. All projects on the Aura’s House site are 100% US tax deductible.

$855 Raised! Thank You.

Eloina de Jesus Salcedo (7)

Eloin’a sponsor, Barbara R. of Vancouver, Canada wrote the following thank you for the donors after this project was completed:

“It is wonderful that Eloina’s fundraiser was not only  completed successfully, but exceeded the amount of the original amount requested. This was only made possible by the generosity of so many caring people including my family and friends, several Children International sponsors, and even total strangers. Therefore, I want to thank you all personally on behalf of Eloina and her family who will now, hopefully, be able to start a new life with a more reliable income. Also, the family will have a place to store their clothes and even have a book-case and desk for their school needs. It is one thing to help out a friend’s fund-raising project, but I am amazed at the generosity of those who contributed donations to a family whom they had not previously known. Your kindness is much appreciated particularly the extremely generous donations of Macky F., Steve Mello, and Lisa F. Once again, thank you all.”

Barbara Roger
Eloina’s Sponsor

Special Thanks to: Robert & Lisa Rose and Steven Mello for their generous $119 and $120 donations that finished off this project and topped it off with an extra $135. The extra funds raised will go towards badly needed food and clothing items and anything else the agency in Guatemala deems most useful to the family after consulting with them.

Tortilla Business Items
Tortilla Making Equipment = $495
(including metal plate, gas cylinder, table, basket, tablecloth, and food supplies)
Bench = $38
Large wardrobe = $200
Bed Sheets = $17

TOTAL: $ 750

Eloina is the sponsor child of Barbara of Vancouver, Canada.

Barbara writes:

“I began sponsoring Eloina in 2008 in memory of my mother who, had she survived, would have turned 100 years old that year.  I searched for weeks trying to find a child with her birth date to no avail. Then, Eloina’s sweet smile caught my attention and the clincher was we shared the same birthday.

Eloina is a sweet, seven year old girl who lives near Guatemala City.  Like any child her age she loves to play with dolls and her many little friends.  She enjoys, singing, dancing and painting.  Her profile says that she is a healthy and very happy child, always smiling her infectious smile.  Her favorite things are stuffed toys, dolls, and story books.

As in too many cases, Eloina’s father abandoned his family before she was even born, leaving Edith, Eloina’s mother, to fend for herself and raise two young girls.  Fortunately, a relative came to her aid and they now live in a multi-purpose room in his house.  Her only income comes from baby sitting which has been cut in half since 2008 so that now she has only about $100.00 a month to support her young family.

With such limited income, there was apparently not enough to pay for dentist visits so it was not until she was sponsored that Eloina’s front teeth with many cavities were filled but, unfortunately, with metal fillings.   Consequently, Eloina, already painfully shy, is very self conscious about her metal teeth, but nothing can stop that huge smile.

Eloina, her sister, Mileidy, and her mother are inseparable and do everything together.  In her letters, she writes how much she enjoys visiting a nearby park with them to play in the fields.  She is always so grateful to receive the gifts and photos that I send and says that she is very happy to have someone special who remembers her even though I am far away.  Eloina enjoys school very much and is a great favorite of her teacher.   She likes reading, gets good grades, and has promised to work very hard at school.

Now that you have met Eloina and her family, I hope that you will consider making a contribution to their tortilla making business.  Please, make their dream a reality and help them have a better life.

Thank you very much on their behalf in advance.”

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