Wisconsin Nicaragua Partnership
Thank you for your interest and support
2015 has been a milestone year as we look back on 50 years of continuous activity between Wisconsin and Nicaragua. The early founders of W/NP were right on track in seeking how to help others help themselves, it’s what we are still doing today thanks to your help and support.
Photo: Bill Thomas, 1965 on Nicaragua Partners trip, “The people we met and talked to don’t want charity. But they do welcome the encouragement and support of those who will help them to develop the future in which they look forward to so confidently.”
The 50th Anniversary was a grand event where over 250 shared an evening of dining, entertainment and fellowship as we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners of the Americas! United States Ambassador Laura Dogu kicked off the evening with this message: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcZ82ZFv3ow
Photos from the 50th Anniversary event:
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.