Complete: House Project For Ella Guantero (18) of the Philippines: $741 Raised. Thank You!
This project is now complete. Launched: May 6, 2011. Completed: July 29, 2011.
House Project for Ella Guantero (18) of the Philippines
Our goal was to raise $736.
$741 raised. Thank You!
Please stay tuned for photos and updates.
Ella (18) of the Philippines lives with her mother and sisters in very cramped quarters. Their house has two bedrooms but several nuclear families within its walls. We aimed to raise $736 for the construction of two rooms added to the family home. All projects on the Aura’s House site are 100% US tax deductible.
Room Construction Items
Construction supplies – $655
Labor – $81
TOTAL: $ 736
Ella is the sponsored child of Dorothée Clinton of Brooklyn, NY.
“Hello! My name is Dorothée and I currently have 8 full sponsored children through Children International.
Ella is/was the very first child I ever sponsored through Children International, and she holds a very special place in my heart. I began sponsoring her in 2002 when I was 17 years old and about to head off for college. At the time, Ella was just 9 years old. I was her first sponsor. Today, Ella is 18! She will be graduating from the program in December and I’m hoping to give her a beautiful graduation gift – two extra bedrooms to give her family space and some semblance of privacy.
Ella lives in Quezon City, and recently had to move in October. Her father died when she was very young, even before I began sponsorship of her. Her mother worked tirelessly hand-washing laundry to support her five daughters. Now Ella, her mother, and some of her sisters have moved in with her older siblings who had left the house before my sponsorship of her began. They live in very cramped quarters. Their house has two bedrooms but several nuclear families within its walls. Their biggest wish is to add two additional bedrooms to the house. This means there would be one room for her older brother and his family, a room for her older sister and her family, a room for her single siblings, and the last room would be shared between Ella and her mother.
I would really love to be able to provide this for Ella and her family before she graduates in December. Ella is very deserving, and is incredibly hard-working just like her mother. She currently works two jobs bringing in over half of her family’s total income. I have always been and will continue to be amazed by her spirit. She has a great love of family that comes through in every letter, and yet she’s extremely honest about the realities of her life. She even turned down financial aid to go to college because she knew her family would not be able to survive without her income.
Somehow, through it all, there is positivity in her every letter. She has a very large family whom she loves, and its the force that drives her forward. I hope that these bedrooms will help ease any pressure within the household, and also give them some financial respite by giving them one less thing they need to save for.
Thank you so much for considering to help me in giving Ella and her family the home they deserve!”
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