Dear Members and Friends of W/NP,
Through 50 years of Partnership we’ve come a long way. The age of technology has made it easier to stay connected and work together. Each year new projects are developed while existing programs successfully move forward. W/NP could not exist without the many volunteers who offer their time, talent and treasure.
Click here for our booklet that holds a snapshot of what W/NP is all about. After reading about the programs, we hope you discover a way to be involved and share your talents.
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Mahatma Ghandi
Linda A. Weber
Each year the Wisconsin Lions Camp in Rosholt, WI supplies refurbished eyeglasses to W/NP and the WI Lions for distribution in Nicaragua. Nearly 10,000 people are evaluated and fitted with eyeglasses annually by the Martin Eyeglass Project and the WI Lions Mission.
This year the Martin Project is traveling to rural communities in the Esteli and Jinotega areas of Nicaragua. Click here for photos.
Significant planning and resources from a vast group of participants, make clear sight and improved vision a reality for many who otherwise may have no other options. This project is made possible by Lions International. There are approximately 20 Lions centers worldwide that coordinate, sort, clean, categorize, box and label donated eyeglasses to prepare for distribution to developing countries such as Nicaragua.
Sustainability is paramount in what W/NP has been able to accomplish over its 50 years of continuous projects in Nicaragua. The mission is simple and effective: ALL WHO ARE
INVOLVED (in various aspects) improve their quality of life in practical and sustainable ways. Your financial contributions are greatly appreciated and are put directly to work. The Nicaraguans have proven that every element of goodwill pays huge humanitarian dividends over time.
This comment from Nicaragua exemplifies their philosophy: “Everything we do with the different projects is done with love and passion, and we do it because we care for other people and believe we can make a difference and improve their lives.”
Our volunteers and supporters recognize that the organization is a good investment in citizen diplomacy focused on grassroots humanitarian projects. W/NP encourages individuals and groups to take the lead in creating and sustaining whatever the project may be. These capable Nicaraguans have done wonders with every project such as the Learning Centers, lending libraries, burn project, youth development, women’s empowerment, sports, leadership development and many others.
Click here for the annual fund drive letter
“An amazing group of people in both countries working together to help those in need through education, support and inspiration.” Ray Gausmann, W/NP volunteer
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:
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.