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Complete: Library Project – Guatemala: $1,151 Raised. THANK YOU!

28 November 2013 9 Comments

This project is now complete.
Launched: October 2, 2013.
Completed: November 28, 2013 (Happy Thanksgiving!)

Library Project for Guatemala SAC

Our goal was to raise $1,145.

$1,151 raised. THANK YOU!

See photos of Rosa with books made possible by your donations.

SPECIAL THANKS TO: The wonderful and amazing Elvis Kibiti with his generous $450 donation on Thanksgiving Day that will be matched by his employer. This $900 donation has effectively closed out this project and Children International will now forward the funds to the SAC Center so all the books can be purchased.

The goal of this project was to create a library in Guatemala at the SAC center.  One thousand children attend this center and almost none of them can afford to buy books themselves.  Having a library in the center will enable the children to better prepare for school and find employment after graduation. Rosa, the sponsor child of Anna Vershynina, attends the SAC center in Guatemala and this project is her initiative.

The library will be situated in the same space where the Children Little Corner is already present. Currently, there are only a few books here that are suitable for small children only.  The SAC staff has proposed to purchase approximately 200 books which will be for both younger and older children on different topics such as handicrafts, fairy tales, cooking, and educational subjects. We aim to raise $1,145 for hundreds of books on different topics to stock this almost-empty library. All projects on the Aura’s House site are 100% US tax deductible.


More About The Project

Children International’s HOPE Scholarship youth will also use the books while they are helping to care for the younger children who attend the facilities of the SAC for reasons such as medical or dental check-ups, delivery of gifts from their sponsors, etc. The personnel of the SAC would like to have in the Children Little Corner a lockable glass shelf (already purchased from funds raised previously) in order to keep the books in order. The key of the case will be in the charge of the Service of Area Coordinator and the books would be used by sponsored children and youth.

Project Breakdown:

1 Lockable door glass shelf = $350 (*fundraising completed)
200 Books of different topics = $1925 (*fundraising only partially completed)

Expense Total = $2275

Funds transferred from Part I and II (not from a fundraiser) = $1,130

Total:    $1145

Anna (Rosa’s sponsor) Writes:

This is the second part of an existing independent project. The funds from the first part have already been transferred from the original Firstgiving Fundraiser. The SAC staff is currently in the process of buying the lockable book case with a couple dozen of books.

This is a project for creating a library in the Guatemala SAC. I am sponsoring a girl named Rosa who attends this center and the reason I started this project is because currently there is no library in this center.

The library would be settled in the same space where the Children Little Corner is already settled.

Before the Children Little Corner was settled this space was used as a Bakery room.
In 2012 the Bakery Workshop was an initiative of youth who participated in the Youth Fund Projects of Chimaltenango during this year. This space is used as the Children Little Corner from Monday to Friday and as a Bakery Workshop on Saturdays.

The staff would be excited to purchase approximately 200 books which will be suitable for both young children and youth on different topics such as Handicrafts, Fairytales, Cooking and Educational books of different subjects and fields. They are already beginning to purchase the first books from previous donations.

Having a library in the Center will help the children prepare for school better and become more successful there. Youth will also be able to learn about other occupations besides baking.

Keep in mind that there is no minimum amount you can donate. Every dollar counts! If you would like to make an offline donation, there are two options: 1. Call Children International office directly and tell them to put you donation to this Aura’s House fundraiser named “Library in Guatemala” (in US) 1-800-888-3089 Mon-Thurs: 7am – 9pm (CT) (outside US) 1-816-942-2000 Fri: 7am – 6:30pm (CT) 2. Mail check or money order to Children International Attn: Lauren Jurgens 2000 East Red Bridge Rd. P.O. Box 219055 Kansas City, MO 64121 and write on the check the name of the project “Aura’s House Project: Library in Guatemala.”  Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts. Many thanks for your support — and don’t forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!

This project is now complete, but please consider donating to another active project that will benefit a needy child and their family.

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  • Sabrina said:

    To potential donors: $10 will buy one book with a little money left over–it’s not that much!

  • Sabrina said:

    My Eyra, age 15, is also served by this center. She is a very good student. I look forward to the day when she can go there and have her pick of books to read!

    (BTW if you have a child in Guatemala served by this center–those whose 4-digit service code begins with a 3–I encourage you to mention your child here.)

  • Kristen said:

    Good idea Sabrina! I have to check and see what my sponsored child, Jonathon’s code is. In any case, I love projects like this where so little can help so many. A library is a refuge.

    BTW, take a look at this great film made by my friend Christine Pawlata for Amnesty International. Here in Rome we have the Roma (Gypsies) who essentially live under a kind of apartheid in most of Europe. Check out how one boy (who lives under a bridge) has taught himself to read and speak Italian and his only lifeline in this apathetic world is his local library. Very moving. http://www.slumstories.org/episode/italy-%E2%80%93-library-safe-haven

  • Sorry. I Can't. - Kristen Palana's Online Portfolio said:

    […] first community library as most of the children don’t have money to even buy a single book. The Library Project‘s goal is a modest $1,145 for a few hundred books. I’ve just told Christine that […]

  • Sabrina said:

    The top part of this page says $925 remains to be raised.
    The bottom part says $1145 remains to be raised.
    This is confusing. Please edit to make them the same, or add more information to the second part to show that while it started at $1145 needed, it is NOW $925 needed.

    I do look forward to seeing the next progress update on this great library project. Exciting!

  • Sabrina said:

    Hi–I see a fundraiser on your list for Dominican Republic English Tutoring (that may not be the correct order of words). I am intrigued. However, except for a spot on the fundraiser selection list, I cannot seem to find the information page about it. There are a couple links to a list of past fundraisers; why not current ones? Or is it in the process of being added to the site?

  • Kristen said:

    Thanks Sabrina. The problem was the word “remains” after the total at the bottom where all the items are broken down into prices. I took it out.
    Hopefully it’s more clear now.

    The DR Tuition Project is being spearheaded by Aura’s House partner Mike Epler who will be running an ultra marathon to help fund it in the year ahead. He had said he would set it up and I think he thought he’d have a chance to do it earlier because CI has it all set up in the donation dropdown menu. So essentially it’s set up and ready to go, but the page still needs to be created.

    It should be launching soon though.(I hope.)

  • Kristen said:

    PS. Hey Sabrina- When you have a chance, could you please send me a photo or two and some info on your child who attends this center? (This applies to anyone else who has a child attending there.)
    I’m not crazy about the quality of photos we have for this project and would love a few high quality images if possible to dress it up a bit.
    Please email kpalana (at) aurashouse.com


  • Anna said:

    Thank you so much for everyone who supported this project! I am so overjoyed that it is now complete and the agency can go ahead and buy all the books they need. The timing is absolutely perfect for the start of a school year, which is in January in Guatemala. I am sure children’s education will benefit so much from having this library.
    Thank you again for everyone’s donations and support!

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