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Complete: Room Construction Project for Evelyn and Francisco of Colombia: $1000 Raised! Thank You.

12 November 2011 4 Comments

This Project is now Complete. Launched: September 2, 2011
Completed November 11, 2011.

Room Construction Project for Evelyn (11) and Francisco (8) of Colombia

Our goal was to raise $1000.

$1000 raised! Thank You!

See photos of the completed room.

Special Thanks to Steve Hogan for donating the final $43 as well as donating the $100 gift for our raffle.

To help kick off this project, we are raffling off a $100 Amazon Gift Card OR a $100 donation to the Charity or Firstgiving Project of your choice (donated by Steven H.) to one lucky Aura’s House donor. All you need to do to enter is to donate at least $10 to this project by October 31, 2011 at 5PM EST.  Each additional donation of any amount over $10 will get you another entry up until October 31, 2011.  (So if you decide to donate $30 for example, that would get you three entries.) The winner will be chosen at random on or before November 7, 2011 and notified by email and shortly after the gift card or donation will be on its way. Whomever wins can choose which they would prefer. So many of Aura’s House supporters are also raising funds for their own sponsored children on Firstgiving.com, so please spread the word to your fund raising friends.



Evelyn (11) and her brother Francisco (8) of Colombia live with an extended family of thirteen members in very cramped quarters.  Their home consists of one multi-use room, which is made of brick walls with a zinc metal roof and a dirt floor. Francisco, Evelyn, their mom, little brother Samy, and new baby sister, Valentine, sleep in an adjacent  room which has a dirt floor, one brick wall, with the three remaining walls constructed of broken pieces of wood, and odd scrap of rusty, corrugated metal. The roof is similarly made up of odd bits of metal with gaps that allow the torrential rains into their living space.  This family is desperately poor and conditions are cramped, hot, and humid.  A sturdy all purpose room and a decent concrete floor for Evelyn and Pancho’s family would improve matters considerably and give them much more comfort and privacy.

We aim to raise $1000 to build a sturdy all-purpose room for this family. All projects on the Aura’s House site are 100% US tax deductible.

The items that are needed to obtain the roof materials and a portion of the labor costs
for a goal of $1,000.00:

15 roof sheets $192.31
47 rods $157.69
4 kilos of black wire, 8 boxes of nails, 40 roof hooks $ 18.71
Sub-total:- $368.71
Portion of labor costs $631.29
Grand Total:- $1000.00

Evelyn is a sponsored child of Steve H., a multi-child super sponsor and longtime Aura’s House supporter and Francisco is a sponsored child of a group of sponsors, coordinated by Sharon C. and Barbara R.

Barbara writes:

“Pancho is the nickname of our group sponsored child, Francisco, who lives with an
extended family of thirteen members in extreme poverty. The family income is a
meager $75.00 where the cost of living in Cartagena, Colombia is about the same as
North America. Pancho is a sweet, generous 8 year old with an infectious chuckle and a
playful nature. His elder sister, Evelyn, a beautiful girl with a radiant smile, is sponsored
by Steve H. After his return from a visit Steve brought back two short videos which
showed the abysmal living conditions of the family. (*See videos below.) The decrepit building is located at
the bottom of a hill which, during the rainy season, is flooded turning the dirt floor into
wet mud. It was then that our group was formed to sponsor Pancho; and we decided to
build an additional all-purpose room for his immediate family of five members; but at the
back of the present structure to avoid the seasonal flooding of mud..

Recently, we learned that Pancho’s family was already sleeping in a space of their own
but at the very front of the building. Also, that it would not be feasible to build an
additional room at the back due to a steep ravine which, during the increasingly heavy
torrential rains, would be prone to landslides. Their living conditions are pitiful with a
dirt floor and only one brick wall. The three remaining walls are made up of broken
pieces of wood, odd scraps of rusty, corrugated metal which are deteriorating rapidly.
The roof is similarly made up of odd bits of metal with gaps that allow the torrential
rains into their living space. Even worse is that this flimsy structure is directly located
on a main street only 2-3 feet away from the exhaust fumes of passing vehicles and
neighborhood garbage. Due to the stifling heat they have to keep their front door open
all day to access even this polluted air. This is another concern for the young single
mother who seems overwhelmed with her young family that also includes an adorable
toddler, Sammy, who is prone to wandering off, and a new baby sister, Valentine.

We now have to rebuild at the front but make the concrete floor above street level to
avoid the mud; replace the broken wood and scraps of metal with bricks and place a
door at the side to avoid the proximity of the traffic. Unfortunately, the breakdown of
costs to provide this additional room in this expensive city, was almost $3,000.00. So we
had to break it down into three stages. The first stage for construction materials for the
walls and concrete floor foundation is presently being run on the First Giving Site.
then is for the second stage to obtain the roof materials and a portion of the labor costs
for a goal of $1,000.00.

We would be so grateful for any contributions to help provide this sweet and deserving
family with a safe and secure home.

Many thanks in advance.

Barbara R. on behalf of Steve H. and Shana B.”

Click links to view

Steve’s video of the front of the home

The outside of the home

Steve’s video of the inside of the main room

Steve inside  the main room of the  home


This project is now complete, but please consider helping another child in need by donating to one of our current active projects.

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  • Shana said:

    for sweet Francisco and his family

  • JuCe Manuela said:

    We all can give 10 USD, can´t we?!

  • Barbara said:

    Happy Birthday to both of us Pancho and hope that you will soon have a safe and comfortable home. Love Barbara

  • Anonymous said:

    For this sweet family…just breaks my heart. Hope they have a safe home soon.

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