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.
Aura’s House was originally created to raise $4,500 to build a safe, sturdy brick home for Aura Hernandez (Professor Palana’s former sponsored child via Children International) and her family in Guatemala. Since that goal was surpassed in November of 2004, the site has continued to successfully fund over 70 projects around the world and has just passed a $100,000 USD milestone.
Some noteworthy past projects include funding the secondary school and university education of the site’s namesake Aura Hernandez (article), sending 126 students in India to school (project), funding preventive dental care exams for 400 children in Little Rock, Arkansas (project), and a project to fund farm and garden initiatives at The Cape Coast School for the Deaf in Ghana in collaboration with The American University of Rome and The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (project).
A number of students, alumni, and faculty at The American University of Rome have interned or volunteered at Aura’s House over the years. Some current and past students involved include Betty Mattei, Elise Cevetello, Refat Ara Jerin, and Alexia Pilleris.
Current active projects at the site include the Emergency Project For Orphans Haripriya, Harika, and Pravalika Srinu- India, the Children’s Corner Library Project In Honor Of Barbara Rogers – Tecpan, Guatemala, and the English Tutoring in the Dominican Republic Project.
All donations to the site are 100% US tax deductible and 100% of funds raised go to the children and their families/communities.
To donate, read more here.