Wisconsin Nicaragua Partnership
Sign up is now open for the 2014 Bike/Hike event
The “I Went the Distance” Bike/Hike to Nicaragua is an annual month long event to raise awareness about Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners (W/NP). The organization works to provide community and social development projects as well as humanitarian relief to the people of Nicaragua, through a wide variety of ways, mainly through people to people connections. WNP Volunteers share a common vision and commitment to serve all persons with special attention to the poor and vulnerable. We are advocates for a compassionate and just society through our actions and our words.
What makes the Bike/Hike event unique is that not only are people in WI participating in this state wide event, but our counterparts in Nicaragua are also joining in as well. It is very unifying to know that we are reaching our goals together.
Participants sign up and included with their registration of $10, is an “I Went the Distance!” T-shirt that helps to spread the word as they are “biking” and “hiking” around Wisconsin and Nicaragua during the month of October every year. Also included is a mileage log to track miles and an optional pledge form. The participant tracks their miles while out biking or hiking during the month of October. At the end of October, we tally up the miles among all the participants to reach our mileage goal of 2,350 miles- the distance between here and Nicaragua.
The event is designed with options for organized walks or simply at your own convenience during the month of October.
Please click here for registration form and return to W/NP Room 129 Nelson Hall, UWSP, Stevens Point, WI 54481 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Web sign up is also available on the donate page , please make note in comment section donation is for Bike/Hike Event, indicate t-shirt size and if shirt will be picked up or need to be postal mailed, additional donation for postage appreciated.
Once a month, we offer a time for volunteers to join in the shipment process. Donations are gathered from around Wisconsin, brought to warehouse for shorting, packing and preparation for shipment.
Next packing day will be Thursday October 16th
Special thanks to Wisconsin Rapids Rotary for the invitation to showcase W/NP at the June 12th "Lunch by the River", a time for people to have fun, food and education during their lunch hour while learning about opportunities for involvement in their community.
June 10 arrival of 2 fire trucks and 1 ambulance - once again, outstanding coordination on the part of the airlift crew and Joint Relief International, Inc./The Denton Humanitarian Assistance Program.
The Monthly Learning Center meeting was held this year on May 31st. Mother’s Day in Nicaragua is May 30 so the celebration continued through to the monthly meeting with the theme of music and culture.
Music classes have been taking place for several years at the Los Cedros/Madison Learning Center which has planted the interest for other Learning Centers to have music program opportunities for their participants. The challenge is, and has always been, musical instruments are expensive, and not easily parted with. In the local school system in Wisconsin, most grade school students are required to have “recorder” classes as in introduction to music. In thinking how to facilitate more music programs for the W/NP Learning Centers, it seemed flutes were the most feasible instrument to begin with. The first step was to acquire the flutes, sales representative Mark Johnson, West Music Co., was able to negotiate a good price of $1.76 each for 100 recorders.
This initiative to help Learning Centers develop music programs began to take shape last year when Christine Sanderson, UWSP Student expressed interest to volunteer. With her music background, she was the ideal way to introduce the flute or recorder classes. As of May 2014, there are now 14 participants in the flute classes at the Managua office, and as in Wisconsin, we’ve found it to be a motivating method to introduce children and youth to music.
The flute class initiative has spread to 6 more Learning Centers; Brazos de Amor, Carolina, Benito Pitito, Esther and Mate and Los Cedros/Madison (which had other music classes before). Each Learning Center received 10 flutes to establish this program. The flute classes started at the W/NP Managua office through the Lending Library and just 3 children started but every Wednesday and Thursday more children were adding to the current class of now 14 children. The program will continue spreading out into the Learning Center network so more flutes are needed to keep this initiative going and growing. Please contact the WI office if you are able to help. 715-346-4702 or email@example.com
......and who doesn't love a great piece of cheese at the end of the day!
The Nicaraguan participants in the Learning Center Project are immensely grateful to all the women across Wisconsin that share in various ways to help this project continue. Some provide finances so supplies can be purchased in Nicaragua, others donate, transport, or pack sewing machines, craft supplies, fabric & notions, and still others travel and share time teaching. Each and every expression of support, so generously given, is vital, appreciated and important.
Learning Center classes are designed to include skill-building, personal dignity, and self-sufficiency, with a focus on employment for (rural) women and men. The program is focused on the care of families and communities, the encouragement of members to assume leadership responsibilities and strives for international understanding and friendship.