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Complete: Emergency Education Project -Nigeria: $624 Raised. THANK YOU!

27 August 2014 One Comment

This project is now complete.
Launched: July 31, 2014.
Completed: August 25, 2014.

In partnership with: StayInSchoolng Initiative – Nigeria

Our goal was to raise $624

$624 raised. THANK YOU!

See photos of the four students enrolled.  Their names are Hannah Akintewe, Precious Onipede, Emmanuela Okonkwo, and David Adediran.

Special thanks to: Jocelyn Burrows Vache for donating $20 from every sale for each beautiful Aura’s House necklace that she made herself. Visit her Cagibi Etsy Store. Special thanks also go to Aura’s House Partner, Anastasia Yecke and fiance Erik Gude, for donating $100 and helping us surpass the halfway point! Finally, special thanks to Aura’s House super-donor and all around project-finishing hero, Elvis Kibiti for making the final $120 donation that secured a place in school for four deserving kids.


Aura’s House necklace by Jocelyn V.

Aura’s House and StayinSchoolng Initiative aimed to raise a total of $624 to send four children to secondary school with the following items: one year’s tuition, fees, supplies, and uniforms. This was an EMERGENCY project because the children’s tuition is due by September 5, 2014. Please note that due to the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria, ALL schools are closed until the government can insure safety. However, since our goal has been reached, the funds are now available immediately once the schools reopen.

All donations to the Emergency Education Project of Nigeria of $10 or more got an entry into our raffle.  (Example: $10= one entry, $20=two entries, etc…)  First prize is a $50 Amazon gift card or donation to the charity or project of your choice. Raffle is now closed. The winner will be chosen by September 3, 2014. Stay tuned!

*Please Note: Donations to this project were NOT US Tax Deductible. Because this was an Emergency Project, Aura’s House founder, Kristen Palana accepted donations through her personal Paypal account and will send the funds raised to Nigeria to pay for the students’ school fees. However 100% of Donations will still went to this project as Kristen personally is covering any Paypal fees and transfer fees incurred. Read Our Privacy Statement



Tricia Ikponmwonba (center) with some of the orphans she helps get into Primary School.

StayInSchoolng Initiative is an education intervention project established in 2012 that set-out to reduce the alarming number of Out-of-School children of primary school age in Nigeria which is estimated at 4.7 million. The project currently supports 200 disadvantaged children across 4 communities in 2 states of Nigeria and helps provide Primary school fees, education supplies (books, shoes, school uniforms, etc), and other psychosocial support like feeding in school.
Tricia Ikponwonba is the Project Co-ordinator of StayInSchoolng Initiative. She and Aura’s House founder, Kristen Palana recently met (virtually) because both are busy earning a Diploma in Social Innovation through the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education. They recently Skype-collaborated on a Design Thinking project in the online course, Educating In Changing Times, Reflect, Rethink, Rebuild. (Kristen’s final project was to try to come up with solutions as to how more students in Aura’s village in Guatemala may continue their educations beyond 8th grade like Aura did. Stay tuned. She’s currently working with Children International and Village Leaders on some ideas…)


Tricia Ikponwonba writes,

We have some very brilliant children who need support to further their education beyond primary school but are currently unable to due to unavailability of funds within their families and seeing as the StayInSchoolng Initiative only caters for orphans in primary school, it is quite a shame to let these brilliant children’s future go to waste.

We are now looking at sponsoring the very brilliant graduates in primary 6 into secondary school and we will commence this September, although examination and assessment of the children will take place next month. It costs an estimated 156 dollars to sponsor a child in Secondary school for 1 academic year.

Did you know that in developing, low-income countries, every additional year of education can increase a person’s future income by an average of 10%? More facts, courtesy of UNICEF.

Below, meet two of the children that would benefit from this Emergency Project. (The other two will be determined after the examination results are in.)

Meet Gabriel Soloman (11)
Gabriel Soloman (11)

Gabriel Soloman (11)

Gabriel resides in a river community situated in the Otto-Awori local council development area in Lagos state, accessible via boat.   The community plays host to about 10,000 residents and mostly thrives from fishing and mat production. The community has only one primary school – St Mary’s Primary School, established in 1953. It serves the entire community  with only four teachers.   Gabriel’s father left his family and he resides with his mother and other siblings.  His mother survives daily cooking food and selling to make a living.



Meet Sunday Ogbodo (17)

Sunday Ogbodo (17)

Sunday Ogbodo (17)

Sunday resides in the Ejigbo Local Council Development Area in Lagos state. It’s an area that plays host to poor rural communities and subsists mainly on government grants and other aids due to chronic poverty.  Children hawk goods on the street during the day to generate income for their families, and Sunday fell into this category  until Stay In Schooling Initiative intervened to ensure he had access to primary school.  Sunday is an orphan and resides with his Uncle.







Thank you in advance for helping four deserving students continue their educations. Please consider making a small gift and/or sharing this project with anyone and everyone who might be able to help. We have a tight deadline, so please help us keep hope alive for these students. If you have any questions, please submit them in the comments section below or email us at contact (at) aurashouse.com.

Kristen Palana
Founder of Aura’s House

This project is now complete, but please consider donating to one of our current active projects.

One Comment »

  • Kristen said:

    Thanks to all who donated to this worthy project! Stay tuned for updates as well as the raffle drawing.

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