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We aimed to buy desperately needed beds for impoverished families in Guatemala. Our goal was to raise $4200. Each bed costs $105 and our goal was to provide beds (mattresses included) to the 40 neediest families identified by Children International's Guatemala City Agency. All donations are 100% US Tax Deductible.

Ingrid's siblings
As Amelia's siblings grow bigger, soon they will no longer be able to fit on their parents' bed and will have to move to mats on the floor. Many families in Guatemala face similar problems.


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

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

See a complete list of the Aura's House team.




 

Guatemala Bed Project launched May 25, 2008 and completed December 29, 2008.

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We Did It $4,516 Raised!
We aimed to buy desperately needed beds for impoverished families in Guatemala. Our goal was to raise $4200. Each bed costs $105 and our goal was to provide beds (mattresses included) to the 40 neediest families identified by Children International's Guatemala City Agency. All donations are 100% US Tax Deductible.

Recent donor, Eliana put forth a $28.28 for 28 Challenge to her friends and family and has raised over $600 to date.



$4,200 Raised!
With an additional $316 raised past our goal!

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Amelia (14) on the mat where she sleeps.



Amelia's family had only one bed, which is shared by her parents and her two siblings, Leticia and Javier. Amelia had grown enough that she no longer fits on the bed, so she slept in the same room on a mat stretched out on the floor in the only available space – which was right by the door. Two other siblings sleep in their grandparents' room which was built on the same piece of land as Amelia's house.


Vickie Weidenmann from Children International writes, "Among our sponsored children in Guatemala City, there are over 4,000 families that have four or more family members but that have only one or two beds per household.

Our Guatemala City Agency would like to begin to alleviate this problem by providing single beds with mattresses (1 bed per family) for at least 40 of those families with the greatest need."

Summary
Cost per bed: $105
Project total: $4,200 ($105 x 40 families)


If you would like to contribute to this worthy cause, please make a small gift. Every bit helps, even $1.


Amelia and her sister Leticia.

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