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Complete: Education Project for Anna Marie Arroyo (18) of the Philippines: $1,190 Raised! -THANK YOU!

6 December 2014 8 Comments

This project is now completed.
Launched: March 30, 2014.
Completed: December 6, 2014.

Education Project For Anna Marie – the Philippines

Our goal was to raise $1,100.

$1,190 Raised.  THANK YOU!

*Everyone who donated at least $10 to this project between April 30th and June 30th, 2014 was automatically entered in our Birthday Raffle.

Special Thanks to: Luke Wood, for his very generous $300 donation that helped get this project close to being half-complete as well as the additional $50 donation of his raffle prize. Also a HUGE thanks goes to AUR’s Volunteer Club who raised $415 through their bake sale on October 14, 2014. AMAZING! Finally a huge thank you to Michael Hemling who finished off this project with his generous $89 donation and a gigantic thank you to Jeff and Suzzanne Cutler for donating an additional $90 that will also go towards Anna Marie’s studies.

Anna Marie graduated from high school in April 2013 and is now attending a state college near her home.  She is studying for a BS in Business Management program with a focus on Human Resource Development.  In her thank you letter for her first semester’s tuition, she wrote, “I would like to become a successful businesswoman.  I want to learn about business so when I have my own, I can help my family.”  Aura’s House would like to help her achieve her dreams and empower her to lift her entire family from the clutches of poverty.

We aimed to raise a total of $1,100 to purchase the following items: tuition, school uniforms, field trips, books, meals, and transportation. The funds must be raised by early April 1, 2015, so that they can be processed and sent to her college. All projects on the Aura’s House site are 100% US tax deductible and 100% of donations go to our projects and the families or communities they serve.

Anna (18)

Anna Marie (18)



Project Breakdown:
School uniforms (includes undershirts, socks, underwear) = $63
Tuition = $599
Field Trips = $125
Books = $63
Meals and Transportation = $250

Total: $1100

Anna’s sponsor is Shannon Dillon of the USA.

She writes:

“Anna Marie is the first of my sponsored children to reach college age.  She initially wanted to study tourism and become a Flight Attendant.  This was a dream that allowed me to feel a special connection with her since I work for a major airline. Though that particular dream was crushed when she was barred from her chosen career by her height. (Apparently, you can be too short to be a flight attendant.  Who knew?)  She did not allow this to deter her higher goal of a better future for herself and her family.  Anna elected a different course of study to which she has, admirably, dedicated herself.

I was so proud to receive her first quarter grades and read that she achieved an average of 90 percent.  Anna Marie is dedicated and hard working.  I have a deep belief that she is going to go far in life.  In every letter she expresses not only gratitude, but a desire to help her entire family.  In particular, she has mentioned her younger siblings.  Anna envisions being able to pay forward the help she is receiving now by paying for her brother and sister to attend college when their time comes.

This fundraiser is for her fourth semester in college.  Any amount you can contribute will be greatly appreciated. Even if it’s only a dollar or two, it will all add up to a brighter future for Anna Marie!”

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  • Sabrina said:

    Dear Shannon,

    Thanks for your post; it’s a very worthy goal to send Anna Marie to college, and it’s great that you include so much detail.

    I do have one question, though: what is the deadline by which the funds must be raised, for her education to continue uninterrupted? That would be helpful to know.

    Best of luck in getting her education fully funded. Anna Marie sounds like a responsible and hardworking young lady and she is lucky to have you in her cheering section.

  • Shannon said:

    Whoops! I meant to include that information … sorry! I have to have the funds to Children International by early September 2014, so that they can be processed and sent to her college in time for the October deadline.

  • Sabrina said:

    Dear Shannon, Best of luck to your sponsored child Anna Marie.
    Thank you for replying re: What is the deadline for the funds to be donated?

    But wouldn’t more people see it if that information was included in the main body of your pitch, not just as a response to an individual’s question?

    I don’t know how many people scroll this far down when deciding whether to donate or to whom they should donate.

  • Kristen said:

    Good point, Sabrina. May I call you “Eagle-Eye?” 🙂 I will add this info to the main post.

  • Molly said:

    Just out of curiosity, are there still two semesters per year in the Philippines or more or less?

  • Sabrina Priebe said:

    Above it says that the deadline for this fundraiser is early September 2014. Does that mean it is too late for further donations? Has the money raised so far been sent on to Anna Marie, and will it be enough to buy her some time (i.e., a semester) so that she can continue schooling without interruption?

    Best of luck to the hardworking, determined Anna Marie; kudos to her sponsor Shannon for her support of higher education, and to the Aura’s House team who provides a forum for such fundraisers.

  • Shannon said:

    The deadline was extended until April first, 2015. I received updated information from Children International that basically told me I had a full semester’s tuition already “in reserve” from previous over-donations for the first two semesters! That reserve paid for the semester that was due in September (Nov 2014-Mar 2015). That sure was wonderful news to receive! In addition, all the donations that have been made for this Aura’s House fundraiser are “on the books” already, so that her next semester (Jun 2015-Oct 2015) is fully covered. When the full amount is raised, the semester following that (Nov 2015-Mar 2016) will be covered as well!

  • Kristen said:

    …and it’s funded! THANKS so much to all who helped! (does cartwheel)

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