Aura's House at http://www.aurashouse.com is currently raising $7,000 to build a classroom for the Sto. Nino Elementary School in Manila, the Philippines. (They have over $4,000 so far...) There are 4,611 students enrolled in the school and the student to teacher ratio is 57 to 1. Students share one desk with two other pupils, meet in three short rotating shifts, and have classes in make-shift outdoor learning areas that must be cancelled when it rains too badly. Most of the kids who attend the school live in slums. To many, their school is like another home and the only means of escaping poverty through education.
If you'd like to meet Christian Capin, a first grader at Sto. Nino, his photos of his home and school life can be found at: http://www.aurashouse.com/christian_philschool/pages/01christianstudiesathome.htm
Aura's House has raised over $20,000 to date for housing, health, and education projects for needy families in Central America, India, Zambia, and the Philippines. They work through the US charity, Children International who oversees all building projects.
Please feel free to check out our current and past projects at: http://www.aurashouse.com and consider donating. Every bit helps, even $1. All donations are 100% US Tax deductible.