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Complete: Tuition Project For Aura Hernandez (20) of Guatemala: $468 Raised. THANK YOU!

22 October 2013 3 Comments

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.


Aura (20)

Aura (20)


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. 


Kristen writes:

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.

Best wishes,



  • Sabrina said:

    Great project! It is incredibly inspiring that the Aura who inspired Aura\’s House wants to come to the U.S.! Best of luck with the English-course project. So encouraging that only 39% still needs to be raised!

    Question: what does it mean, money raised (in pledges)? Could you explain?

  • Kristen said:

    Of course! Pledges mean that people close to us that we know well have promised to donate a certain amount once the project launches. So basically it’s a future donation yet to occur. That said, more information has come in and it looks like in fact, Aura has changed her mind about going so far away from home (which is understandable) and wishes to complete university in Guatemala. We are working with Children International to determine what those costs will be and we will adjust this project accordingly once we have the details.

  • Kristen said:

    Further explanation in case the other comments above don’t make sense:
    Originally we were going to do a project to help Aura attend an English course so she could come to the USA on scholarship to study there. In fact, she decided she would prefer to finish her studies in Guatemala and not move so far from family. Pledges for the first project were then applied to the current version which now covers her 2014 University expenses. We’ll fund raise for 2015 in about a year’s time. Thanks so much to everyone who supports this and all our projects. xo

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