Wisconsin Nicaragua Partnership
Once a month, we offer a time for volunteers to join in the shipment process. Donations are gathered from around Wisconsin, brought to warehouse for shorting, packing and preparation for shipment.
Next packing day will be Thursday, August 21, 2014
A May 11th explosion in Nicaragua caused life threatening burns to over 20 people. According to Dr. Leandro Perez, several victims have subsequently died, either from having an extensive percent of their body burned or from their burn injuries. The local surgeon caring for the patients has called on Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners (W/NP) to extend their burn therapy project to the surviving patients. July 12th, after an 11 hour journey, with the first three hours on horseback and then by bus, and finally by ambulance, eight remaining patients traveled to the W/NP office in Managua to be measured and receive on the spot custom made garments to aid in the healing process as directed by the local physicians.
The garments are sewn by Nicaraguan volunteers who have been part of the W/NP Learning Center and Chica Nica sewing programs and classes. The volunteers advanced sewing skills and ability to measure and make patterns result in perfectly form fitting garments for the patients. Since April 2013, the volunteers have provided the service to 185 patients, and have custom made 594 garments including, masks, gloves, tights, arm and leg sleeves, and unique pieces for different areas of the body that have suffered burns.
Photo by Melvin Vargas
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Special thanks to Wisconsin Rapids Rotary for the invitation to showcase W/NP at the June 12th "Lunch by the River", a time for people to have fun, food and education during their lunch hour while learning about opportunities for involvement in their community.
June 10 arrival of 2 fire trucks and 1 ambulance - once again, outstanding coordination on the part of the airlift crew and Joint Relief International, Inc./The Denton Humanitarian Assistance Program.
The Monthly Learning Center meeting was held this year on May 31st. Mother’s Day in Nicaragua is May 30 so the celebration continued through to the monthly meeting with the theme of music and culture.
Music classes have been taking place for several years at the Los Cedros/Madison Learning Center which has planted the interest for other Learning Centers to have music program opportunities for their participants. The challenge is, and has always been, musical instruments are expensive, and not easily parted with. In the local school system in Wisconsin, most grade school students are required to have “recorder” classes as in introduction to music. In thinking how to facilitate more music programs for the W/NP Learning Centers, it seemed flutes were the most feasible instrument to begin with. The first step was to acquire the flutes, sales representative Mark Johnson, West Music Co., was able to negotiate a good price of $1.76 each for 100 recorders.
This initiative to help Learning Centers develop music programs began to take shape last year when Christine Sanderson, UWSP Student expressed interest to volunteer. With her music background, she was the ideal way to introduce the flute or recorder classes. As of May 2014, there are now 14 participants in the flute classes at the Managua office, and as in Wisconsin, we’ve found it to be a motivating method to introduce children and youth to music.
The flute class initiative has spread to 6 more Learning Centers; Brazos de Amor, Carolina, Benito Pitito, Esther and Mate and Los Cedros/Madison (which had other music classes before). Each Learning Center received 10 flutes to establish this program. The flute classes started at the W/NP Managua office through the Lending Library and just 3 children started but every Wednesday and Thursday more children were adding to the current class of now 14 children. The program will continue spreading out into the Learning Center network so more flutes are needed to keep this initiative going and growing. Please contact the WI office if you are able to help. 715-346-4702 or firstname.lastname@example.org
......and who doesn't love a great piece of cheese at the end of the day!