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Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners of the Americas, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   74 reviews 2,689

Address:

Room 129 Nelson Hall, UWSP Stevens Point WI 54481 USA

Mission:

W/NP is a not-for-profit, non-political organization working to enhance quality of life in both Wisconsin and Nicaragua, by people-to-people programs promoting cultural awareness and sustainable community development.

Target demographics:

bring together volunteers

Direct beneficiaries per year:

thousands of people.

Geographic areas served:

Wisconsin and Nicaragua

Programs:

women's empowerment, leadership, youth, sports, lending libraries, firefighters, agriculture, learning centers, health, cultural diversity, kitchen gardens, potable water, micro-lending, and humanitarian assistance.

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Reviews for Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners of the Americas, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars  

I had the chance to write a children's book for the Lending Libraries program for this organization in my Spanish class. Not only did I get to practice my Spanish language skills, I was giving Nicaraguan children the opportunity to learn. I have volunteered two more times after, and I am so happy that I have become involved in this organization! It has a great mission, and the other people involved are so nice to work with. I have had nothing but positive experiences with the Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners of the Americas!

 
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Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners of America is a seed of hope and progress. I personally have seen the positive impact that Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners have done in rural community of Nicaragua. Llano Largo is an example of a new growing community where a sewing project is starting changing the live of many young women by giving them the opportunity of learn a craft that will help them to improve their live style. Through my experience of working with Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners, I have learned the great value of doing volunteer work. Giving back to the community is a generous work to do.

 
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This is a very dedicated group of volunteers, who always seem to go an extra step to solve problems they face in Nicaragua. Whether the work is done here or in Nicaragua, it is always done on a person to person basis, working with the people in need, not a bureaucratic agency.

 
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I appreciate this great organization Wisconsi/nicaragua es a great nonprofits organization they do a temendueos job in nicaragua , helping people in need ,children in need ,I so proud to be part on this great organization

 
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I recently donated some items for this agency and attended their warehouse when they were packing items being sent to the Nicaragua. I was impressed with the enthusiasm of the volunteers who assisted that day, the number of volunteers, and really impressed with the amount and quality of items being donated. Our community has rallied around this project, and it was refreshing to see how the items directly benefit the communities and people in Nicaragua. The agency keeps volunteers and the community well informed via newsletters. One can feel the energy of the group once involved and the agency is making a difference in the lives of the people it helps.

 
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The Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners of the Americas work countless hours to help the people of Nicaragua. They collect thousands of items, backpacks for students, hospital equipment used to save lives, sports equipment used to build teamwork. Firefighting equipment used to save villages and lives. Not only do they supply the equipment, but many volunteers go to teach and help the people of Nicaragua lead better lives. The Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners Group of Volunteers is a true inspiration to many and is a prime example of what giving is all about.

 
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In the small town of Stevens Point, everything seems to be connected. We help each other and use our resources to make things better. We believe in a "helping hand" to aid independence. And that is true for our outreach programs as well.
I have worked during the "packing days" for the Friends of Nicaragua Project and have been truly humbled by the generosity and commitment that this organization Instills. Whether it is the old pump organ that will provide music to a church service or the beds for children or the 10lbs of assorted nails and screws that were sorted and will be used to build and repair or the 40 yards of material that will be made into children's dresses, there is an identified need for everything . I have never seen such commitment or such efficiency in the transfer of materials. As Director, Amy Wiza is a wonder. Enough said. Bob Bowen drives a mean fork lift. Enough said. This organization channels an amazing amount of necessary support to Nicaragua and does so with an emphasis on volunteerism . All in all, it is an organization to support with great pride.

 
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I have been involved as a volunteer in W/NP for over 20 years. As a retired educator, I am impressed with the W/NP programs that help students continue their education and become future leaders of their community. W/NP learning center programs are empowering women to learn skills for self-sustainability. This wonderful organization celebrated its 50th anniversary in November. W/NP has made a difference in the lives of many both in Nicaragua and Wisconsin.

 
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W/NP has had a huge impact on my life. I became involved in 1994 and have had opportunities to work with interesting people in Nicaragua and Wisconsin. Through different projects I have acquired knowledge in many areas from square meter gardens to cheese making. As an educator, I became involved in the youth projects. My life has become richer thanks to the school children I have met and come to love.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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I am a volunteer for Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners. In particular I like working with the programs that are related to children. It is important to know that some Nicaraguan children are without school supplies or decent housing that we take for granted here in the US.

We support the backpack project that provide school supplies for children. The stove project not only provides a safer cooking environment but reduces the amount of smoke inhalation by venting The cooking smoke outside the home. This reduces the risk of respiratory problems for all the family members.

I am proud to be associated with this organization.

 
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I recently traveled on a Learning Center Trek to Nicaragua organized through Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners. Each of us paid our own way to have the opportunity of visiting some of the Learning Centers and visit and the very beautiful county of Nicaragua.
I have often witnessed people in Wisconsin donating their time, talent and money to this organization. I was pleased and humbled to witness the same dedication from people in Nicaragua.
For example there is a widow outside of Managua who opens her own home as a lending library. The library is only a bookshelf full of donated books but it is a library where there was none! She also holds sewing classes on the porch where there are four treadle sewing machines. Plus she sponsors an English teacher to come into her house to teach English to adult and child classes.
And there is the doctor and her pharmacist husband who recognized there wasn't a school for the children in their community...so they opened a school. Not only do they provide the opportunity for learning but they provide meals that are cooked over an open fire.
At the centers my fellow travelers and I had the fun of interacting with Nicaraguans by holding several classes that ranged from sewing to first aid and re-cycling bottles to yoga. We found that people traveled a long way to attend the classes and were very patient with my stumbling attempts to use Spanish correctly.
Nicaragua is a country of great contrasts from the beautiful ocean beaches to old cathedral that remains closed after the horrific earthquake in 1972. From the stunning volcanic summits to the poverty of a home made of branches and black plastic tarp. I am grateful that Wisconsin Nicaraguan Partners have provided me the opportunity to be a part of the organization to help the wonderful people of Nicaragua.

 
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When you meet the people who receive the items or come to the many learning centers I feel a true thankfulness and am blessed by the people of Nicaragua! Dino -board member

 
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