In the News
This is a collection of articles about Aura’s House from over the years.
AUR Professor’s Online Crowdfunding Charity surpasses $100,000
“Aura’s House is a grassroots online project founded by Associate Professor of Digital Media, Kristen Palana in 2004. One of the very first websites to tap into the power of crowdfunding, it continuously raises funds for housing, health, income generation, and education projects for needy children and their families living in Africa, Asia, Central America, North America, and South America.”
Article from The American University of Rome. February 27, 2014.
Graduating With Honor
“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.“
Article from Children International. December 16, 2013.
A Chance Encounter
“Anastasia Yecke isn’t shy about striking up conversations with people she meets around the world. An avid traveler and backpacker who visited 46 different countries during her stint as a flight attendant, she makes friends far and wide – including the children she’s sponsored and visited over the past 10 years… Ana has also made many important connections as a founding member of Aura’s House… “
Article from Children International. September 3, 2013.
The Many Miles of Mike’s Sponsorship
“One hundred fifty five miles across China’s Gobi Desert… A hundred more through the muggy heat in Louisiana… How far would you go to help children in need? For Mike Epler, the answer is 255 grueling miles.”
Article from Children International. February 5, 2013.
An Unforgettable Experience
“The first stop was at Santo Nino Elementary School in Caloocan City. This school had a new classroom built through the fundraising efforts of Aura’s House. When I entered the compound that contains Santo Nino School, I was greeted by a group of majorettes doing a dance routine…”
Article from Children International’s Blogspot. January 25, 2007.
Growing Like Grassroots
“Kristen Palana believes in the power of the World Wide Web. An Assistant Professor of Digital Media at William Paterson University in New Jersey, she teaches students about web design and multimedia, technologies which are rapidly changing the ways we communicate with the world around us.“
Article from Children International. January 2005.
Building a House in Guatemala, Click by Click
“When Kristen Palana isn’t teaching classes in electronic publishing, Web design and animation, the William Paterson University professor spends her time raising money to build a home for a Guatemalan child and her family.”
Article from the New Jersey Star-Ledger. November 30, 2004.