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At Wheeling Jesuit University, the student group consisting of business majors, "Enactus," raised almost $1,000 during the 2013-14 academic year, the proceeds of which will go to El Salvador.

In the fall of 2013, students teamed up with artisans in El Salvador to sell hand crafted jewelry on the WJU campus. While students did the same project in 2009, Enactus advisor Greg Sheperd said this academic year signifies the most money ever raised for El Salvador.

“Enactus is a wonderful opportunity to combine students’ world changing ideas with proven and sustainable business processes for the benefit of all,” Sheperd said..

 This academic year, students participated in the “Let’s Can Hunger” campaign with local high schools. By gathering canned goods and non-perishable items, more than 17,000 pounds of food was collected in the local area. Students also volunteered their time at the Ohio Valley Heart Ball in February.

“I am graduating in a few weeks from WJU, and it feels great to know we helped someone else who is less fortunate. Enactus has taught me life and leadership skills I can use well into my future career,” Amanda Agdeppa said.

“The average annual income for a person in El Salvador is just $2,200. Our students put in 100 percent of their efforts to make as much money as we could to help these people. We could not have done this without our community helping us out. They are phenomenal,” Sheperd added.