Wisconsin Nicaragua Partnership
The Sherin Bowen Library received a donation of 20 spanish books from Pershing school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Alissa Christopher (in blue shirt), Spanish teacher at the school contacted WNP for this donation. Thank you to all the students from Pershing school for taking the time to make these books for the children of Nicaragua. The children here were very excited about reading those new books and today they loaned them all out.
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.
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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.
Mayra Mendoza has worked as a WNP volunteer training women and young ladies since 1998 and is the coordinator for the Learning Center in Buenos Aires. In 2005 she presented at the Wisconsin Women Care II Conference in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Her Presentation topic: How Mayra and her community make small plots yield nutrition, hope and happiness. She along with eleven other women from Nicaragua shared their stories about making a difference in their home communities. They have recently started a new sewing class for women’s clothing and are in need of a serger and more chairs. Other activities include the lending library, kitchen gardens, baking, and carpentry. Especially of significance is the drip irrigation system developed through the assistance of W/NP Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer Arlen Albrecht. Mayra proudly exhibits a successful and productive Learning Center. She recognizes the need to disseminate information to others who can also benefit from learning new methods and skills. In 2010 & 2012 Mayra hosted and organized home stays in her community for the 2 UWSP student groups; Family Life Trek in 2010 and Food, Community and Ecology in 2012.
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.
Firsthand experience is one of the best ways to learn about something new. The SPASH Wisconsin/Nicaragua Student Partners group has arranged for two students from Nicaragua to come and share time with the students and people from Wisconsin. Objectives for EXCHANGE: 1) Strengthen current ties between the United States and Nicaragua by providing personal contact and discussions 2) Expose new members to counterparts in Nicaragua and foster personal relationships 3) Identify joint projects that will allow for continued contact between people to enhance continued participation in partnership Planned Activities: Attend school (SPASH) and make presentations to classes at SPASH and PJ Jacobs Junior High, Community tours – Cheese Factory, Stevens Point Service Club Meetings, etc., meeting with Mayor Halverson, visit Wisconsin Nicaragua main office with student members, W/NP Warehouse Packing Day May 16 and evening gathering at Rookies, workshop with Wisconsin Nicaragua Student Partners at SPASH to plan joint projects for 2013-2014, hold at least 3 informal, casual gatherings with students to “share and compare” cultures through conversation, and participate in the Portage County Cultural Festival May 11, 2013
This bunch (of student’s from Oak Creek High School) had a wonderful time creating the books and have some good ones in there. There are some pictures of the student’s writing (typing) their stories, editing their stories, illustrating their stories, and showing their final product. I thought these show what a Wisconsin classroom looks like. These pictures were taken when the students shared their books with the class for a pronunciation grade. Thanks for everything! I absolutely love your organization!! Susan Tucknott Spanish 4 and AP Teacher World Languages Department Chair