The Arrupe Project 2015
My definition of the Arrupe Project
If you look up Arrupe Project in the dictionary, it will not give you an accurate description. The dictionary cannot write the emotions that are involved. The Arrupe Project is where students go through a journey where they are given money, hold an event, use the money made to buy items, and deliver them to an organization of choice.
The Arrupe Process
The Arrupe Process starts by students making $10, and then an anonymous donor will match that, so the students end up with $20. Studnts then pick an organization of choice, contact them, and they find out needed items. The students either plan a homemade item to make to sell at the Arrupe Marketplace (seventh) or they plan a fundraiser they will hold (eighth.) After they have made money off of that, they go out and but the needed items of the organization. They then go to an organization office, and they deliver the items to them.
The Commissioning Ceremony is where an anonymous donor matches our $10, and then we receive that $20. The experience is crazy, sometimes you feel like your about to change the world and the only way to do that is to open the envelope.
Catholic Charities helps the homeless, domestic violence victims, and anyone else who made need something. They help girls and prom, women with children, kids who are removed from their homes. Overall, they can help anyone with basic needs to serious issues.
How I earned my $10
To earn my $10, I did chores around my house. My mom took a picture of me while I was sweeping the floors.
For my event, I held a St. Patrick's Day Dinner. I had invited neighbors, friends, and family. My neighbor, Ms. Amy, had said,"I didn't know that schools gave children opportunities like this. I wish I had this experience!" In total, I had raised $250. I really liked doing the fundraiser compared to the Arrupe Marketplace because i got to reach out to more people and show more people how they can change our society today.
Goal v.s. Total amount of money
My goal was $200, and I had exceeded it by $50. My charity had requested prom dresses for donation. I had bought a total of six dresses.
My experience for the second year, is amazing. Whenever I know that I did something for my community, it makes me feel like I can help with any problem. Thanks to the Arrupe Project, I am more involved in my community than I ever thought I could be. If we could do the Arrupe Project any earlier, just to jump start our help in the community.
I would like to thank everyone who showed up to my event, and my family for helping me out with staying organized and helping me with the odds and ends of my project.
Works of Mercy
- Feed the hungry
- Give drink to the thirsty
- Clothe the naked
- Shelter the homeless
- Visit the sick
- Visit the imprisoned
- Bury the dead
"Only by being men and women for others does one become fully human" SJ Pedro Arrupe
Matthew 25:35-36, 40
35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.40 The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'