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AUR Bake Sale Helps Send 100 Children to School in India

12 May 2011 4 Comments

Dorothy Brown with her M&M cake

By Aura’s House Intern, Refat Ara Jerin:

The bake sale at The American University of Rome on the 3rd of May, 2011 for the The India Tuition Project was a great success. It wouldn’t have been possible without Professor Palana and Professor Zinder’s biggest contributions in buying our food. Oh, and before I forget, I’m writing this post to thank Aura’s House volunteers here at The American University of Rome; Claire Moskowitz and Dorothy Brown who contributed and helped me and Aura’s House throughout the Spring 2011 semester.

I brought samosas, little spicy stuffed pastries filled with cooked ground beef, then folded into triangular shapes then finally fried in hot oil. Yummy, I know! I should thank my mother who made this big contribution for Aura’s House by making 64 samosas. Claire brought chicken curry with peanut butter sauce. It was absolutely magnificent! And last but not least, how can we have a whole meal without any dessert? Well, Dorothy made our day with chocolate cake with a frosted M&M’s topping. Absolutely fantastic! And the best part about the bake sale was that we started at noon, and believe it or not, we were completely sold out in just one hour!

We introduced The India Tuition Project to all the students on campus and we had a number of students and teachers donating for our good cause. We earned about $207.71, which was more than we expected, and we reached our goal of closing out this project. I want to thank everyone, especially all the students and faculty members of AUR who helped make the bake sale such a success.

Thank you very much AUR and congratulations to Aura’s House on finishing the India Tuition Project!


  • Kristen (author) said:

    Thanks so much Refat, Claire, and Dorothy!

  • Liza said:

    Great job! It’s very rewarding to see this accomplishment. Just out of curiosity, and also thinking ahead, what happens at the end of the funded year for the children who have entered school?

  • Kristen (author) said:

    Good question Liza,

    Children International acts as a safety net as much as possible but it’s probably a case by case thing. Luckily at least for one year, parents won’t have to choose between putting food on the table or sending their children to school. You’re right though..it would be great to be able to do more.

  • Dorothee said:

    So happy this project completed!!

    I would imagine many of these children are relatively new to the program and that’s why they needed the extra boost. Usually, at least in India, CI is able to keep the children in school once they’ve started.

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