"I want to express that this workshop was unexpected so we only had a week to get organized, we had no more of the important material [cardboard], we looked at the supermarket and I remembered the Gaylord boxes. The project is a great success as it trained 65 parents and teachers, which work in their communities for children with disabilities and provide therapy and preparation of adaptive equipment for children with different disabilities, we hope to continue as this cause has been a success since it formed several working groups to develop more equipment or, those who need them in most vulnerable communities.This will be a challenge for these mothers, as they still need other materials, and hopefully we will join other people and we can help this worthy cause." - Rosa Lilliam, Nicaraguan volunteer
For many years, donations were stored in a variety places all around Wisconsin. In 2003 Sherin Bowen recognized the need to have a central location, Click here to watch the "Miracles Happen" video.The W/NP warehouse facilitates the gathering, storage, and shipment preparation of donations (hospital beds, health care equipment, sewing machines and supplies, student and teacher desks, backpacks, school supplies, sports equipment and emergency vehicles).
The Shipping Project is very labor intensive, each vital facet affects scores of people both in Wisconsin and Nicaragua and produces mutually positive impacts.
A vital mutual, and reciprocal relationship exists between WI and Nic, where people come to realize we need each other to achieve the outcomes that will ultimately affect thousands of people in need. Resources available to Nicaraguans are scarce, but it is with the cooperation of people in Wisconsin and the Funded Transportation program that we are able to share what we have to make the quality of life better for both sides, not just the Nicaraguans, but also people in Wisconsin whereby their involvement helps them to realize the value in reaching out to others and how much of a difference their involvement and efforts can make.
The focus of all W/NP projects is to improve quality of life for all involved. The items shipped are designated for the purpose of providing training and assisting where resources from the community are lacking. W/NP members work with their counterparts to determine project activities and then work to secure resources. The items are carefully monitored that they are used for the purpose they were sent, and are not sold for individual profit.
“WNP volunteers and all those on your mailing list, this is indeed fantastic news knowing some of the hurdles that have had to be overcome in the past. We know the challenges on this end of any shipment and they are tedious and provoking so when the WNP Managua staff accomplishes the near impossible task of encouraging everyone on the receiving end of a shipment to cooperate, they have demonstrated their professional skills to the highest degree and deserve our utmost esteem. Thanks for all your dedicated work on the Wisconsin end.”
Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners shipped the first fire truck and 2 ambulances to Nicaragua in January 2000-a cold and blustery day at Volk Field in Wisconsin. Since that time, a total of 35 fire vehicles and 25 ambulances have been obtained for Nicaragua, most through purchase by individual donors.
Over 82 fire departments from Wisconsin and Minnesota have donated equipment and materials. These include: turnout coats and pants, boots, helmets, breathing apparatus, gloves, hoses, nozzles, emergency medical equipment and much more.
We rely on the Denton Program of the Humanitarian Assistance program of the U.S. State Department and facilitated by the Air National Guard to be able to ship the vehicles by air transport cargo planes. As many as 7 vehicles have been shipped on one C-5 aircraft.
There are three fire services in Nicaragua: the Direccion General De Bomberos(DGB), the Asociacion Civil Cuerpo de Bomberos Voluntarios(ACCBVN), and the Benemerito Cuerpo de Bomberos. All three organizations are working more together to improve fire services in Nicaragua. The ACCBVN is the volunteer branch of the government fire service (DGB), and is responsible for the fire stations in the medium sized towns throughout Nicaragua and is lead by Comandante Jaime Delgado. Most of the vehicle we send go to these areas and often help to establish fire service in communities that have had nothing.
If you need more information, please contact Brad Martin at email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 715-538-2436 or cell 608-498-1071 or call the WNP office, 715-346-4702.
Firetrucks donated for Nicaragua
Ambassador Laura Dogu assists with delivery of Firetruck
Arrival of Seven Ambulances to Nicaragua via Air Force Plane
Superior Fire Department donates Fire Hose for Nicaragua