Wisconsin Nicaragua Partnership
BRRRRRR....it was actually colder inside the warehouse than OUTside if you can imagine..the secret is to keep moving. Despite the cold temps, it was necessary to gather, we did have a very productive packing day and very much appreciate the volunteers who were able to join in. It's really important for everyone to think carefully when donating an item, would you use it yourself, is it needed in Nicaragua and does it have enough life to justify all that is involved, both labor and cost, to get it from Wisconsin to Nicaragua. Thank you everyone for your help in gathering quality items that support the many W/NP programs, we know each recipient is very grateful for your generosity! Everyone can make a difference, the opportunities are out there, you just have to act on them. Thanks!!
CONGRATULATIONS to the 2013 Grand Prize Bike/Hike winners: McKenzi Jahke, member of the Partners School Club at Kaukauna High School, Wisconsin and Petronila Solis, Learning Center teacher and volunteer from Los Cedros, Nicaragua. A very special THANK YOU to our event sponsors and EVERYONE who signed up to participate (we couldn't do this without you & you REALLY DO make it possible), AND FINALLY....YES, we achieved AND PASSED UP our goal of OF 2,350 miles, with actual miles recorded and sent to our office of ......2,885 Everyone's miles DID make a difference! Thank you and hope you join in next year for the 8th Annual I WENT THE DISTANCE Bike/Hike event.
Thank you for participation in the W/NP 2013 Annual Fund Drive
Your support is greatly appreciated and helps tremendously to keep a multitude of projects in motion. Significant numbers of people and families are impacted daily in a very positive way because of your generosity and compassion for their well-being. Last week, this gentleman received a pair of eyeglasses donated by a young woman from Green
Bay. She wrote a short note enclosed with the glasses and asked for a photo of the recipient if possible. The expression on his face when he put the glasses on, and was able to see clearly was simply priceless. In this case it was possible to capture a photo and share with the donor, but in many cases the quantity of recipients
are so immense that it’s a real challenge to convey the appreciation expressed by the people impacted by W/NP Programs – which are ultimately possible because of your thoughtful investment. Please know W/NP uses every resource with the utmost care and efficiency. Below is poem that touches on the depth of gratitude. Thanks again for being a part of the 2013 Annual Fund Drive.
Click here to view the Annual Fund Drive letter.
Translated poem from the Nicaraguan women:
We are pleased by the kindness you have offered to us unconditionally - you will forever hold a special place in our hearts.
We want you to know that you will be in my heart and that of everyone else in Nicaragua.
We love you very much.
Between Nicaragua and Wisconsin we will always have a bond of friendship and love.
Between my world and the Wisconsin world – it is very different – it’s like a dream so beautiful in which we never want to wake.
There is a saying that states: say that you cannot do anything, but I say there is something, that we cannot send enough thanks.
God will bless all your kindness, your worries – for helping us I hold you all in my heart.
The love and sincere friendship will forever last with the unity of Wisconsin and Nicaragua.
I wanted to know you, and I knew you were wonderful people, but after seeing these lands I am convinced of your big hearts.
If your hearts are content, then ours are too - many thanks.
Light that shines through vast periods of time – your love that gives your heart – give your hand, friend, without boarders – and tell God that “I am your friend”.
It was an early, wet start for these W/NP volunteers, Bob, Milo & Ruth, and Jim who graciously transported these trucks this morning to Volk Field where they will await shipment to Nicaragua soon! Special thanks to Dr. Brad Martin for coordinating this project - working together, we make a difference!
Elena’s (Girl Scout from CA) newest idea to help with the lending library project arrived to the W/NP office in Wisconsin yesterday….. she created a wish list on Amazon and attached it to her website www.letchildrenlearn.org so people could easily buy books which are mailed directly from Amazon to the W/NP office where we then get them to Nicaragua in various ways.
Thanks Elena and Julia for your interest and support – already we are seeing wonderful growth of the Library.
Special thanks to all the volunteers who came out to help load the containers and to Wisconsin Lift Truck for the forklift! Loading day can be a little crazy, much to do in a short time (then again...a 15 hour day is far from short), so it was great to have the cooperation of so many, even just stopping by to appreciate the entire process means so much. Bear Cartage Trucking was excellent and the drivers Steve, Ivan, Ruben and Juan were exceptional. Special thanks to Crowley Liners, Vickie, Danielle, Phylliss and so many more who graciously assist so we can all make life better others. THANKS EVERYONE FOR A VERY SUCCESSFUL LOADING DAY!!
More photos can be viewed here.