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The charity I’ve decided to highlight this month is Aura’s House. This organization started in early 2004 and works in cooperation with Children International. The site regularly features projects for which the founders are currently raising money.
One of the things that I enjoy the most about Aura’s House is the small scope of each project. Each project is small and targeted to either the individual or the family (usually the family), and information about the recipients’ situation is shared by way of photos and stories.
I initially found Aura’s House a few years ago when searching for humanitarian projects in Honduras, where I served my mission. The result of my search was finding the project for the Rojas Family, to which I was able to contribute.
Much like Kiva, Aura’s House is a great way to see where your money goes, and have some insight into the difference your contributions have made.