Aura’s House is a grassroots online project that raises funds for housing, health, income generation, and education projects for needy children in developing countries.
It was originally created to raise $4500 to build a safe, sturdy brick home for Aura Hernandez and her family in Guatemala. Since our goal was met in November of 2004, we decided to launch other small projects that bring big changes to the lives of families in developing countries.
$101,296 raised to date for needy families. View our stats.
We’ve been working in conjunction with the top rated US charitable organization, Children International since February of 2003. 100% of proceeds go to our projects. All persons working at Aura’s House do so on a strictly volunteer basis only.
In addition to CI, we are also currently working with the non-profit organization, United With Hope, a Georgia 501(c)(3) organization for our Emergency Orphan project in India. We have also worked with Kenya Kids in Need, a California 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the Galilee School as well as Child Focus Fund, an Illinois 501(c)(3) organization that helped us with our Ghana Project. Aura’s House, KKIN, and CFF are all 100% volunteer organizations. 100% of the money donated goes to each project. We can also confirm that 100% of donations via United With Hope will go towards our Emergency Orphan project in India.
We pledge to update donors on our progress with weekly updates to the website and via our quarterly newsletters. All projects on the Aura’s House site are 100% US tax deductible. After donating, your official tax deduction receipt from Children International will be mailed to you within a few weeks.
About the Site’s Authors
Kristen Palana is an Associate Professor of Digital Media at The American University of Rome in Rome, Italy. She was Aura’s sponsor through Children International until Aura graduated from the program in 2012. Kristen is currently working with Aura’s House Partners, Anastasia Yecke of Miami, FL., Mike Epler of Simi Valley, CA., Christina Sidoti of Sweden, Heather LaBonte of Cyprus, Courtenay Honeycutt of Indianapolis, ID., and Inga Katelari of Cyprus. We also have the wonderful web help and support of volunteer, Mats Andersson of Ystad, Sweden. Other interested volunteers, donors, alumni, and students from William Paterson University of New Jersey and The American University of Rome also participate in keeping the site going.
This Site’s History
This site originally began in February 2003 when Kristen was learning PHP programming and adding dynamic content to websites. She decided to create this site that combined her two biggest interests; art/multimedia and helping people in developing countries. The site has changed a lot since then, both in design and function. After waiting over a year for all the required permissions, finally on June 30, 2004 the site was ready to launch. In January of 2009 the site entered its current form as a WordPress hosted site.
Volunteers at the site are students and faculty from the William Paterson University of New Jersey, students and faculty from The American University of Rome, and Children International representatives and interested people from all over the world. Join us! Names listed below are past and current volunteers.
Contact us: contact (at) aurashouse.com.
Aura’s House Creative Partners:
Kristen Palana -Rome, Italy
Head of Promotions:
Heather LaBonte Efthymiou -Cyprus
Graphic Art and Graphic Design:
Tiffany Brooks -FL
Small Project Fundraisers:
Elizabeth King -Sydney, Australia
| Web Design and Maintenance: Kristen Palana -Rome, Italy
Christina Sidoti –Ystad, SwedenWeb Help: Mats Andersson -Ystad, Sweden
Courtenay Honeycutt -Indianapolis, IN
Jennifer Sharps -Rome, Italy
Josephine Kukla -NJ
Christina Vermeal -NJ
Mike Epler -CA
Kevin Nix -MO
Rick Thiede -MO
Tina Palcher -MO
Inga Katelari -CyprusTranslations:
Mariana Gil Sir -Venezuela
Fundraising and Promotions Help:
Inga Katelari -Cyprus
Lauren Jurgens -MO
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