Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners of the Americas, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   42 reviews 562

Issues: International, Philanthropy, Economic Development, Microfinance, International Exchange

Location: 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.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

As a board member of another non-profit working in Nicaragua, it is impossible to express the help we have received from W/NP. Amy and the staff here and in Nicaragua go the extra mile to help whenever needed. I enjoy the dedicated volunteers when I am able to make one of the packing or shipping days. I have seen first hand the work done by W/NP and its volunteers in Nicaragua and it is truly amazing. These people are all in great shape because "There is no exercise better than reaching down and lifting people up." and that is what this group does best.
Jeff White- Projects for People

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked with the Firefighter United Program of Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners for 15 years. Over that time we have sent 30 fire trucks and 13 ambulances to Nicaragua. This has very much assisted the emergency services in Nicaragua.

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One of the exciting ongoing programs of the Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners is Firefighters United. Several Nicaraguan firefighters have visited Wisconsin and we would like to start firefighter tours to help Wisconsin firefighters visit Nicaragua. Through this program, since 2000, 24 firetrucks and 12 ambulances have been shipped to Nicaragua. Hundreds of sets of firefighting coats, pants, boots, helmets along with hose, breathing apparatus and other eqipment have been donated by fire departments in Wisconsin. As a volunteer firefighter it is rewarding to see this equipment being used in Nicaragua and to watch as new stations are started across the country.

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

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am originally from Estelí, Nicaragua and in my desire to help my own community, El Regadio in Estelí, I started collecting from my friends in Madison WI, toys and Schools supplies to send to the kids from kindergarten (Escuela Ruben Dario, Comunidad El Regadio, Esteli). This has been a dream and a project which is shared with my sister Elizabeth who used to teach there for many years but had to retire due to her illness (cancer). To my surprise I was able to find very close to me this wonderful organization that made very easy for my sister and me to accomplish our dream. This organization believes that helping Nicaraguans and their communities is the best way to improve people`s lives in the world. This was translated throughout the treatment I received as soon as I met Amy W. and Bob B. They were loving and caring, their actions with me show truth appreciation to the cause they are working for and match really well my passion and desire to help a small school that is very dear to me and my sister`s heart. I would fully trust and recommend this organization to anyone and I send my special thanks to everyone that works and volunteers for this organization.
Thank you WNP - Reyna Jarquin

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners for quite some time. I worked with the Rotary Club of Stevens Point on a very successful preschool remodeling in 2008-2009, but was unable to travel there until 2013. I returned again this spring for my 2nd Learning Center Trek. I am very impressed with coordination, cooperation and the friendly emphasis on people to people exchange. The trip is in part volunteering--teaching a skill at a gathering in three different Learning Centers, part touring, but very up close and personal that does not happen on "vacation" travel. Many people have commented on the professionalism of the staff and the proven track record of the organization. All those things are very true, but what has impressed me is the willingness of many, many Nicaraguans to help out their community members. The Burn Dressing program is an outstanding example of this. Volunteers fixing machines, sewing the precise very necessary dressings and expanding to meet community needs along with a committed doctor who oversees this program and speaks glowingly about the service for his patients. While there, we heard from a young woman who very bravely shared her story. This is truly an organization that encourages involvement on whatever level you are interested or able and accomplishes amazing small and major projects. It is an outstanding example of Wisconsinites and Nicaraguans connecting in meaningful ways to make all of our lives better.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like to see a stronger city to city partnership between Stevens Point and Esteli, Nicaragua as part of the Partners of the Americas organization.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am involved with W/NP behind the scenes with technology. As a student volunteer, I see nothing but hard work and effort coming from the offices of W/NP. The full time staff are passionate about helping others and they work together to get work done. I wish I could do more, but I feel I have done my part by keeping the website up to date and volunteering at a few events. I am honored to continue to work for this amazing organization and I look forward to what my remaining years in Stevens Point brings.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am involved with the Lending Libraries Program in the W/NP Stevens Point Office. Each month I purchase six to eight Spanish books for children and Amy Wiza and her staff of volunteers transport them to Nicaragua. So far, I have donated 160 books. It is a pleasure for me to know that the children are enjoying reading and learning at the same time. I plan to continue to work with W/NP to expand this excellent program.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

This past February I participated in the 2014 Wisconsin Nicaragua Partner's- Learning Center Trek after being invited by a friend who had gone the year before. It was an amazing experience and one I highly recommend to others who are interested in learning about another part of the Americas. The trip was very well organized by the Wisconsin Nicaraguan Partner's central office in Stevens Point. The staff at the Center were extremely helpful and offered an orientation to those who were first time participants. It took very little effort on my part in terms of travel arrangements.

The Nicaraguan staff were also professional and welcoming. I was touched by the workshop participants who were so enthusiastic about attending and eager to learn new skills. We were in both rural and urban settings and visited a residence that served as a volunteer fire department with equipment donated by Wisconsin fire and emergency organizations. We also visited a school that was started by a Nicaraguan couple who wanted to bring education to their neighborhood. It was a school that started with a few students and in a short few years expanded to over 300 students. Again WNP was the source of one of their buildings as well as supplies and recorders donated so that the students could learn a musical instrument. What impressed me most was how small our world really is. The girl's chorus at the school entertained us with their rendition of a song that won an Emmy this year -I Want to Be Royal. I just thought teenagers are teenagers anywhere in the world.

I highly recommend the trip.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

The W/NP organization is full of passionate, hard working staff and volunteers who feel a bond to a beautiful country and its people. I have traveled three times on the Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners Learning Center Treks and I'm always impressed how hard the staff work to guarantee an amazing experience. During the Learning Center Treks we offer workshops to teach skills to Nicaraguan women. These skills are proven to help empower women who have little opportunities in a very impoverished country. The experiences I've had have opened my eyes to the challenges that many third world countries face. I truly enojy returning each year to Nicaragua to see friends that I have made while visiting.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find more funding to help sustain the mission of the organization.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

One of the great things about Wisconsin-Nicaragua Partners is that it has strong central offices in
Stevens Point, Wisconsin and Managua, Nicaragua coordinating its many activities--learning centers, farm programs, chica-nica doll project, eye glasses project , burn dressings project, travel programs, and much more--but also partner cities, which sponsor projects with their own partner city. For example I have been a member since 2000 of the Fort Atkinson-Puerto Cabezas , a part of the Partners of the Americas for the Americas for over 40 years. Our group has supported a learning center, helped to set up a library, sent seeds to many local farmers who had lost crops because of flooding, and given scholarships to students. Working together we make a difference!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find more ways to finance its excellent work.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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