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The unique Partner City program, inaugurated in 1968, was led by Hugh Highsmith, Fort Atkinson. The Partner City concept has since spread to other partnerships in the United States. Partner Cities are locally-controlled citizen organizations that function independent of, but in coordination with, the state organization.

In some communities in Wisconsin, city councils have endorsed the activities of Partners by officially recognizing these relationships. In other cases, Partner Cities remain volunteer service organizations working privately to better human understanding. Members of the partnerships work on projects of interest to members on both sides of the relationship. Projects are limited only by the willingness of the volunteers who undertake them. Partnerships are bringing international experiences to their own communities. Each city chapter is unique, reflecting the interests of their members and their counterpart community in Nicaragua. Activities reflect the very best people-to-people involvement.

Our Mission and Vision

We believe….

  • Social change must be sustainable; that is, it must create its own momentum to continue indefinitely once put into motion
  • The beneficiaries of development must have leadership roles in its realization
  • The end goal of development is not to educate but to empower individuals to educate themselves
  • The basic structural unit of W/NP is a peer-to-peer partnership, not a patron and client hierarchy
  • The partnership is a two-way relationship involving mutual planning and conduct of programs and projects
  • Volunteers are Partners’ main participants, resources, and reasons for being
  • There should be equal participation at all levels of the Partners organization
  • Our most valuable assets are the human resources of each country
  • Partners should focus on improving the quality of life in each of our countries
  • Partners’ programs, to be truly effective in the long run, must benefit each side of the partnership equally