Wisconsin Nicaragua Partnership
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!!
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The 3rd Thursday of every month has been designated for sorting and packing the steady flow of items that come to the W/NP warehouse to be shipped to Nicaragua. The donations of sewing machines, material and supplies, medical supplies, desks, firefighting equipment, backpacks filled with school supplies, bicycles, and sports equipment are all so much appreciated by the recipients and help the projects continue to grow, but there is a laborious process to it all and our immense gratitude goes out to Milo, Ruth, Lynn and Bob for spending their whole day at the warehouse to help with the vital shipping details. Thank you so much!
NTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY, observed annually on September 8, focuses attention on worldwide literacy needs. More than 774 million of the world's adults (nearly two-thirds of whom are women) do not know how to read or write, and roughly 123 million children lack those same skills, and are often denied any access to education. So what to do? Ask Rachel Ley as she takes the Literacy for Little Ones to Nicaragua! This Stevens Point High School student implemented the Literacy for Little Ones reading program at five hospitals in Wisconsin and Minnesota as a way to encourage parents to read to their newborns. "Every baby born at the hospital receives the book package, which includes a children’s book and a letter that I wrote explaining why it's so important to start reading at a young age" says Ley. Velez Paiz Hospital in Managua, Nicaragua is the next location to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity (media.mwcradio).
“Through Literacy for Little Ones, I have learned that no matter what my age, the best way I can make a positive difference in my community is by volunteering. I have been truly inspired by the number of youth, teens, and adults throughout North Central Wisconsin who have generously given their time or made donations to allow this project to grow and expand. It has made me realize that volunteerism is realizing how fortunate I am and trying to give back what others have done for me.” Rachel Ley (River News Online)
Gracias a Dios, located at Cedro Galan community, has been a growing Learning Center since 2000 when Josefa Sanchez (Chepita) joined the Learning Center network to create more opportunities for the people in her community. About 15 minutes from Managua, you can ask for Chepita and everyone in the community will point to where her house is located, why everybody knows Chepita is not because in the Cedro Galan community everyone knows each other, it is because she carries out many projects at her house. Josefa learned how to make dresses and embroider in the second center that the Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners of the Americas opened. After a few years of working on her skills she started working in the Chica Nica program and eventually asked if she could start a center in her community and Centro Gracias a Dios has been open for 8 years. All told Josefa has been a volunteer for over 20 years. And although, Josefa stopped teaching for a year following the death of her husband, she was encouraged by her friends and the community to begin teaching again. Josefa is dedicated to her community and in the center based out of her home she teaches classes two to three days a week, hosts another teacher one day, and has a library that her daughter, Guadalupe Lopez runs, that loans out about 25 books two days a week. In addition to the lending library, handcraft & sewing courses, piñata, jewelry, black ceramics, health assistance, opening doors project and agriculture project taking place out of her house, she hosts many visitors and W/NP volunteers willing to carry out projects in the well-being of her community. Gracias a Dios Learning Center has held two Farmer to Farmer workshops this past year. February was the first one and the focus was how to build and use the vegetable and fruit dehydration technique. With Chepita’s help, the idea is to spread this program to different LC’s. Chepita will assist Brazos de Amor Learning Center with the Dehydration project and will work with El Transito LC to develop this project as a market for tourist.
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From Wisconsin to Nicaragua – the beacon shines on! The Clintonville Airport beacon that faithfully shined every day from 1948 to 2010 has been given a second life and is now shining brightly at the new peer of Salvador Allende on the shores of Lake Managua, Nicaragua. W/NP volunteers are always on the look-out for resources that can be shared with our counterparts in Nicaragua to support a variety of projects with objectives to improve quality of life, vocational options, income, self-sufficiency and empowerment for people living throughout Nicaragua. When Mike McCord, Past President of W/NP learned that the Clintonville Airport beacon was going to be replaced, he asked the City Council to consider donating the beacon to W/NP who would in return find a good home for the beacon. W/NP volunteers Bob and Janet Groh, the U.S. Funded Transportation Program and many others pitched in to make the beacon transfer a reality. Initially it was hoped the warning light could be used at the Puerto Cabezas Airport, but logistical challenges moved the beacon in a new direction. Jaime Delgado, W/NP volunteer in Nicaragua made arrangements to have the beacon transported and installed at the newly renovated peer off Lake Managua. Mirna Angulo, W/NP staff member in Nicaragua commented, “…. and the beacon looks perfect there, gorgeous at night. I’m so glad the beacon found the perfect home for a happy ending!!!”
Today was the transport of a rather large (seemingly impossible to move...) item for the W/NP Managua Office. Special thanks to some strong (patient) and dedicated volunteers that took on the task - so much appreciated!! This beautiful display case will be fully utilized; it's a perfect case with shelves to highlight current projects taking place in Nicaragua while also providing a safe & elegant area for display/sale of items made by W/NP Learning Center students.