Complete: Tuition Project For Aura Hernandez (20) of Guatemala: $468 Raised. THANK YOU!
Tuition and expenses for Aura’s 2nd year of University has been raised without ever needing to launch this project online. THANK YOU!
Tuition Project for Aura Hernandez (20) of Guatemala
The total needed was $468 ($234 per semester), and we’ve successfully raised that!
SPECIAL THANKS: Vickie Wiedenmann of Children International, Anastasia Yecke, Tiffany Yecke Brooks, and Erik Gude for FULLY funding Aura’s 2014 tuition. We are so incredibly grateful.
Message from Children International’s Guatemala Office about Aura’s Continued Education:
“We are also glad to inform you that Aura has shown a big interest in keeping studying at the university because this will help her to keep forward in future. Aura has finished the first semester (six months) at the university. She took five courses. The first semester was from January to June 2013, she took the following courses: 1. Logic 2. Language and communication 3. Guatemala History 4. Biology 5. Sociology.
The second semester (six months) started on July 20, 2013. The courses that she is taking now are: 1. Mathematics 2. Language and communication 3. General sociology. 4. Didactic 5. Theory concepts.
She is attending University on Saturdays. Next year she will be taking five courses during each semester, in which she has to pay $19.18 each semester and $8.95 of transportation and copies each Saturday. This means that during the semester she spends $214.80 for transportation and copies. Aura expects to keep studying on Saturdays from 7:00 am. to 5:00 pm.”
$ 38.36 – University semesters ($19.18 each)
$429.60 – Transportation and copies by semester (214.80 each)
$467.96 – TOTAL
- Kristen Palana with her sponsor child, Aura in 2006.
Aura is the sponsor child of Kristen Palana, the founder of Aura’s House. The site is named after Aura and our first main project was to raise funds for her home back in 2004.
I’m so incredibly grateful for the generous donations of Vickie Wiedenmann of Children International, Aura’s House partner Anastasia Yecke, her sister Tiffany Yecke Brooks, and Erik Gude for helping to make my former sponsored child’s dream of an education come true. I’m also so proud of Aura for finding the time and energy in her already busy schedule to attend University on the weekends.
There’s a lovely article coming out in Children International’s upcoming online magazine later this fall by Damon Guinn. Here’s a little preview taste that also will give you a glimpse into Aura’s life right now:
“It’s pitch-black when Aura leaves home at 4:30 a.m. She sets off on a brisk hike down the steep dirt roads that lead to the bus stop in her remote village. She moves quickly to catch the early bus to Guatemala City.
It’s Saturday, and most of her friends are still asleep. All is quiet except for the occasional rumble of the nearby Pacaya Volcano.
Aura would rather be in bed. After a busy week teaching first grade to local schoolchildren, a break would be nice. But she doesn’t have a moment to spare. She’s working her way toward a degree at the University of San Carlos of Guatemala, the oldest, most prestigious university in the country.
She’ll spend the next few hours in classes then stop by an internet café to cram as much studying in as possible before she returns home to help with evening chores at 8:30.”
Thanks to everyone who has supported Aura and this website created in her honor over the years. I look forward to helping more children as well as making sure Aura has the resources she needs to complete her studies.