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.
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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!
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.
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.
Mayra Mendoza has worked as a WNP volunteer training women and young ladies since 1998 and is the coordinator for the Learning Center in Buenos Aires. In 2005 she presented at the Wisconsin Women Care II Conference in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Her Presentation topic: How Mayra and her community make small plots yield nutrition, hope and happiness. She along with eleven other women from Nicaragua shared their stories about making a difference in their home communities. They have recently started a new sewing class for women’s clothing and are in need of a serger and more chairs. Other activities include the lending library, kitchen gardens, baking, and carpentry. Especially of significance is the drip irrigation system developed through the assistance of W/NP Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer Arlen Albrecht. Mayra proudly exhibits a successful and productive Learning Center. She recognizes the need to disseminate information to others who can also benefit from learning new methods and skills. In 2010 & 2012 Mayra hosted and organized home stays in her community for the 2 UWSP student groups; Family Life Trek in 2010 and Food, Community and Ecology in 2012.