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Learning Center Trek

Each February, W/NP hosts a Learning Center Trek which allows volunteers the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua and see first-hand how the Learning Center Program is changing lives. Without a doubt, the experience provides a better understanding of how one person really does make a difference. The self-governed Learning Centers in Nicaragua have become very successful as they address the desire for continued education and learning new skills. This year, workshops in Estelí and Managua included basic first aid/CPR, electricity, knitting, quilting, sewing, making belts with soda tabs, self-esteem, holiday egg decorating, macrame, window building and baking with bananas. 

In Kind Donations

McDonalds donates furniture for Nicaragua prior to pending demolition as a gesture of humanitarian support. W/NP volunteers remove fixtures for shipment to Nicaragua the following morning after the restaurant closed. The Division Street McDonald’s in Stevens Point was demolished May 16th, 2012 to make way for a new facility adjacent to the present site. Years ago Burger King made a similar donation upon closure and the seats are currently being used in W/NP Learning Centers, Lending Libraries and homes of people who are most appreciative of Wisconsin’s compassionate effort to help others in need. Today, June 24th we are posting photos of where the donated items are currently being used in Nicaragua - thanks again to all who helped make this possible.












Managua Office Activity

In addition to the variety of classes taking place at the Managua Office, volunteers are always busy making new items for sale. In these photos, they are sharing creations of placemats, beautiful table runners, bracelets, pillow cases and pillows. Their quality and workmanship is excellent, please contact if you would like more information or to place an order - a volunteer going down in July that could bring back your order. Thanks everyone for supporting the Learning Center Project! 










Lifting Up Through Learning

The mission of W/NP is simple and effective. We help people in Nicaragua improve their quality of life in practical sustainable ways. By working with local community leaders at their request, W/NP has established over 50 learning centers throughout Nicaragua. The Learning Centers offer classes which lead to personal and professional growth and development, this opens doors that help provide meaningful income while allowing them to still remain in their communities to care for their families.

To learn more, click here

Backpack Project

Taylor County’s, Liberty 4-H Club members and families collected new and gently used school supplies from Abbotsford, Colby and Medford Schools, as well as Trinity Lutheran School in Athens. Members organized the materials and then transferred the boxes to Arlen Albrecht, a representative of the Wisconsin - Nicaragua Partnership. Items are headed to Stevens Point for final packing before going to Nicaragua. Thank you to students and staff members for contributions toward this project!

Bicycle Project Update

W/NP has been receiving and shipping bicycles from Wisconsin to Nicaragua for many years, and an official W/NP Bicycle Project took shape in 2009 when the Stanley Street Bicycle Project closed down.  For three years now, we have experienced growing success after starting an official "Bicycle Project" facilitated by Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners, the W/NP Learning Center network, individual volunteers and many other donors of bicycles and various items needed.For more information on the bicycle project, click here.




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