Wisconsin Nicaragua Partnership
Dear Members and Friends,
The 2013/2014 Annual Report is now available and features the wide array of projects taking place between Wisconsin and Nicaragua. Next year as we recognize the 50-year mark of W/NP presence in Nicaragua, the strength of the Partnership remains strong thanks to the many people who believe in, support and participate in the humanitarian work of W/NP.
The strength of the partnership is in its members, who make it possible with their support to fulfill our mission and commitment to serving others and improving the quality of life for all involved.
One of our long time volunteers said it best, “ Yes, it takes a lot of hands working together to make good things happen. "
Thank you and all the best to you in 2015
Dr. Brad Martin, W/NP President
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 November 20th
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 email@example.com
......and who doesn't love a great piece of cheese at the end of the day!
The Nicaraguan participants in the Learning Center Project are immensely grateful to all the women across Wisconsin that share in various ways to help this project continue. Some provide finances so supplies can be purchased in Nicaragua, others donate, transport, or pack sewing machines, craft supplies, fabric & notions, and still others travel and share time teaching. Each and every expression of support, so generously given, is vital, appreciated and important.
Learning Center classes are designed to include skill-building, personal dignity, and self-sufficiency, with a focus on employment for (rural) women and men. The program is focused on the care of families and communities, the encouragement of members to assume leadership responsibilities and strives for international understanding and friendship.