Title: Comida Para Los Ni–os De
Ever since I was about 10 years old I saw
commercials on TV about kids around the world who were poor. As I saw the
commercials I always wished to be wealthy and help all those children. Last
year a lady told me, ŇYou donŐt have to be rich to help all those kids. You can
do events and raise money to help them.Ó Her words inspired me this year and
gave me the support that I need to make an event. My senior project was a
fundraising event at the
When Mrs. Parkes
introduced the Senior Project I knew exactly what I wanted to work on. I wanted
to help prevent children from being forced into becoming child soldiers by a
terrorist group in
For my fundraiser I hosted a dinner, which helped me raise money, but to get to
the final product I had to organize many different things. The first was to
find an organization that helped poor children. This step I would say was the
easiest because last year I had worked with these organization helping the same
children. The organizationŐs name is MADRE and MADRE means mother. This
organization helps poor women and children around the world. Some of the
countries that they help are
Who is FARC? FARC like I said before is a terrorist group in
My original idea for my project was to make a dinner, but after having a meeting with my outside consultant she gave me the idea of doing a childrenŐs fair. This idea did not work because it would take more then the time I had to finish my senior project, so I had to go to my original plan.
Putting everything together was the part that took the longest. It started from meeting with different people. It included meeting with my mentor, outside consultant, attending event meetings in order to get my event day approved, and meeting with the founder of MADRE (Kathy Engel). Also, I had to meet with each restaurant that donated food because I had to explain to them what they were donating. I had to give them a letter from my mentor and a tax-deductible sheet. I had to make many phone calls and send a lot of e-mails. I had to think about what kind of food I wanted to have, and I decided I wanted the whole event theme had to be Colombian, so the food would be Colombian. It was a roasted stuffed pig and la Bandeja Paisa. I also had to think about entertainment because I wanted people to also have fun. Some of the difficulties that I had were asking restaurants for food, worrying about the amount of food needed, and getting my performers to practice.
When the dinner party was over I discovered that I had raised more money than what I had expected. I thought I would only be able to raise $2000, but ended up raising $4,152. Also knowing that everyone had a great time made me feel great. From this project the skills that I gained were learning how to plan an event, organization skills, designing skills, and decoration skills.
For my final step I visited
Cardona, Ingrid. ŇDinner for Senior Project.Ó Liz Dobbs. 22 Oct. 2008.
Cardona, Ingrid. ŇFrom Kathy Engel.Ó Kathy Engel. 24 Oct. 2008.
Cardona, Ingrid. ŇSenior Project.Ó Isabel Sepulveda. 23 Oct. 2008.
Cardona, Ingrid. ŇMy Senior Project Proposal.Ó Rose Dios. 02 Jun. 2008.
Cardona, Ingrid. ŇMy Senior Project Poster!Ó
Dios, Rose. Personal interview. 20 Oct. 2008.
Dios, Rose. Personal interview. Nov. 2008.
Engel, Kathy. Personal interview. 20 Oct. 2008.
MADRE Demanding Rights, Resources & Results for Women Worldwide. 2008. Viewed 18 Aug. 2008. <http://www.madre.org/index.php?s=9&b=21>.
Sepulveda, Isabel. Telephone interview. Oct. 2008.
Stromberg, Vivian. Telephone interview. 15 Dec. 2008.
Taller De Vida, Asociaci—n Centro De Desarrollo y Consultor’a Psicosocial. 2007. Viewed 18 Dec. 2008. <http://tallerdevida.org/tallerdv.html>.
Community Member (Details)
Outside Consultant: Rosa Dios
Mrs. Dios is a Businesswoman in finance at UBS. She does volunteer work at a local charity named Have a Heart Community Trust. This organization helps local people in need.