Wisconsin Nicaragua Partnership
The 2016 Golf Outing will be Wednesday, July 27 2016. To register, click here.
Last year’s annual golf outing took place on July 31st at the Winagamie Golf Course. It was exciting news that the outing was a great success! Very special thanks to Judy Miller for coordinating the event that exceeded all previous years in # of participants, and to Mary Beth Nienhaus for hosting the event each year. Among all the things the Appleton folks do, the golf event really stands out as a fantastic way to spread the word about W/NP and the projects in Nicaragua. One aspect of the golf event this year that really put things into perspective was the fact that Ed May and Mike Glenn attended from Onvoy (this is the company that provides our Gaylord boxes and pallets.) The donation of the Gaylord boxes is at the heart of our shipping program and we appreciate immensely their support of W/NP. We have corresponded electronically for many years but have never had this face to face contact. The golf event did that as well as bringing folks from all around the state of Wisconsin to enjoy a wonderful afternoon together. The Hales Corners/Milwaukee group consistently brings extra spunk to the day’s events with their joyful spirits and fun attitudes! The diverse group of people really made it a fun event and everybody enjoyed the good company, the delicious lunch and exciting raffle time. Some had special interest for the Nicaraguan projects while others joined in to golf or just to be part of the group – all are always welcome! We take nothing for granted and dearly appreciate the heartfelt efforts from both the north and the south that help keep the organization going.
Again, BIG thank you to all the participants and donors for their significant support of the 8th Annual W/NP Golf Event. Click here for photos from the days event.
Institutional linkages and affiliations are critical assets to Partnership activities. W/NP has enjoyed a mutually beneficial fluid relationship with the Wisconsin National Guard for many years, and more recently with the WNG State Partnership program. In late June of this year, the Managua office hosted five WI National Guard members. The purpose of the delegation's visit, coordinated by Kathrine Berberich, US Army Bilateral Affairs Officer, was to learn more about the projects of W/NP in Nicaragua. Katie understands the value of collaboration and commented, "I just can't stop thinking about how little things make a big difference. I am from Wisconsin and it is within my reach to do something small to make a big difference." We very much appreciate their interest and especially taking time to learn about the many W/NP projects that produce significant impacts as a result of volunteers from WI and Nicaragua working together.
The Merida/Ometepe Learning Center (LC) started to function in 2012, a group of around 10 women started learning basic sewing and now they receive other classes such as jewelry and knitting. Around 50 women from the community have benefited from the classes being taught at the center. The LC was really needed in the community so the women could learn a skill and then be able to do something at home to earn some incomes for their families. Things at the LC have been going very well. The women are very motivated and keep moving forward with the classes. The LC is in the process of building a small store where they can sell and exhibit their products and rent bikes to foreigners visiting the community.
Just recently in the month of June, the school in Merida held an event to recognize an outstanding teacher and student. Around 200 hundred people attended this significant event including teachers and students. The event focused on the value of good education and the best teacher and best student of the entire island were selected and recognized. To their delight, Merida won the two recognition's, and they were very happy for the accomplishment. We look forward to seeing the store finished and see the women succeed in their lives. Special thanks to Bill Davidson & Jana Radtke, the Grace Lutheran Church and all other donors who have helped make the dreams of these women come true!
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 email@example.com 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.