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We aimed to build a one story classroom structure for the Sto. Nino Elementary School in Manila. Total enrollment is 4,611 students. There are 27 classrooms and 81 teachers. The average teacher to pupil ratio is 1 to 57. Students study in 3 four-hour shifts and are forced to study in outdoor areas or inside where the walls leak and the air gets unbearably hot due to GI sheets used as roofing. When the weather gets too bad, classes are cancelled. Read the classroom proposal

Christian Capin (8), is a student at the Sto.Nino Elementary School. Here he gets ready for school in his home, near the family's sleeping area. See more photos and learn about Christian's home and school.

Christian and his classmates (and their families) hope for a better future through education. Thanks to our donors, the children from the Sto. Nino Elementary School will now get a new classroom that will increase space, add more time to their school day, and improve their chances for breaking the cycle of poverty. Learn more.

This website was founded by Kristen Palana, Aura Hernandez's sponsor through the top rated charity, Children International.

Anastasia Yecke
of Miami, Florida and Mike Epler of Simi Valley, CA. are partners at the site and main collaborators and fundraisers.

See a complete list of the Aura's House team.
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Manila, Philippines Classroom Project Complete!
Launched 1/9/06. Complete 7/7/06

The children of Sto. Nino thank Aura's House and all our donors! See photos of the completed classroom and photos of the children after they heard the good news here.
See pictures of the celebration in Manila.

We aimed to build a desperately needed classroom structure for 4,611 students in a cramped schoolhouse in Manila. Meet Christian (8) who attends the school and hoped for a new classroom. See photos of more students who needed our help. Check out the architectural plans for the classroom here and read the project proposal. Our goal was $7000.

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WE DID IT! $7000 Raised!
Thank You.

$887.25 Raised for desks and supplies...
Classroom Progress Indicator

This virtual schoolhouse built up brick by brick to reflect how close we were to $7000. A new brick was added with every $50 donated. Now that we have met our goal, construction on the real classroom structure in Manila, Philippines will begin. Stay tuned for updates.

See photos of the students in their current school.

Students at the Sto.Nino Elementary school in a busy walkway that also doubles as a makeshift "classroom." If the weather gets too bad, classes will be cancelled since there are no protective walls.

100% of proceeds went to Children International who will oversee the classroom construction.

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