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Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners of the Americas, Inc.

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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  

1 person found this review helpful

I enjoy helping collect items to benefit the people of Nicaragua as they work to improve their living conditions and their ability to provide for themselves. Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners has provided my students with information regarding their projects in Nicaragua on several occasions. I am most impressed with the excellent organization of donations and development of beneficial projects.

 
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I helped gather and organize items for the fund raiser rummage sale. All items were donated and I donated $200 worth of items. It was fun to work with other volunteers. We raised $1700 with teamwork by all the volunteers

 
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Wiconsin-Nicaragua Partners is organized and managed from Stevens Point to allow all the partner cities to develop their own programs, funding projects, local Nicaragua projects and support activities such as collecting and shipping materials, supplies etc that are needed in each of the partner cities. The overall leadership is vital to provide input from each partner city leadership including the local Nicaragua leaders and to collect and ship the tons of supplies needed in each area. It allows for an appreciation of the big picture and the requirements of the government and villages as well as locally lead and implemented projects. The progress among the families of Las Lagunas is only a single example of the good that a small, well organized and committed group can accomplish with year round planning and onsite visits 1-2 x a year. Education through scholarships has allowed many students to progress from grade 6-high school and others to receive vocational and university education. Many villagers learn and produce crafts in the learning center and library. The health clinic is becoming a reality. The village has a baseball team, new projects in planting, agriculture, water quality and many others are in planning stages. This is a top organization with the power to bring change person to person while respecting the autonomy of the village and country.

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

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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The Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners volunteers care passionately about the people of Nicaragua. These volunteers also work tirelessly to help improve the quality of life for Nicaraguans. This people to people exchange of time and talent builds community here in Wisconsin and in Nicaragua.

 
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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

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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I have been a member of Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners over 20 years and have traveled to Nicaragua several times. The reason I support this organization is because donations of money go directly to learning centers, lending libraries, schools, scholarships and numerous other projects. Donations of materials go directly to enhance projects in the learning centers and communities. Donations of time toward the organization in Wisconsin and by those who travel to Nicaragua directly benefit individuals, families and communities. The connections and mutual sharing between the people of Wisconsin and Nicaragua are inspirational and demonstrate the good that can come from people working together.

 
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I attended the last Quarterly meeting held in Stevens Point, WI and again was very impressed with the continuing connections between the people of Wisconsin and the many people in Nicaragua and the excellent meeting format with continuing updates on projects discussed in previous meetings. I cannot say enough about my admiration and respect for the very real personal impact this vibrant, active organization has on both Partners. Wi/Nic Partners will celebrate their 50 Year Anniversary in November 2015. I recently upgraded my status to LIFE Member by paying a one time amount of $500, because I realized I consider myself a member for life and needed to act on this. I challenge other members to take that step and become LIFE Members. My challenge to all involved is to have LIFE Membership grow by at least 50 to start our next 50 years!

 
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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.

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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Several years ago, the Altrusa club sponsored a sewing room shower for the Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners, on a Make a Difference Day. Soon thereafter, a volunteer from the organization spoke at a meeting to inform us of the program and its services, and the club annually made a financial donation, for books for the children's libraries.
I personally celebrated a friend and my birthdays by providing fund for a student's tuition. This winter I traveled to Nicaragua with theWNP on a learning center tour. In my more than 50 years of international travel, I have never had such an incredible trip.
I was very impressed with the programs provided to the local folks, and the focus on their identifing their local needs.
The warmth of the people made the trip a joy.


 
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I traveled with W/NP on a medical trip before I started a master's program in international health. I wanted to make sure I was getting into the right field, and this trip confirmed and enhanced my interest. We talked to professionals from a number of different types of medical facilities in various cities, and I was able to see firsthand the challenges of providing care in resource poor settings. I later traveled to Kenya for a master's practicum and engaged in similar activities in that portion of the world (except that time I got credit for my work . . . and had to pay a lot more money for the trip). Some of the other students in Kenya were shocked by the conditions of their medical facilities. but I had seen similar issues in the clinics and hospitals in Nicaragua and was able to compare and contrast the challenges among settings. The trip with W/NP was of the same quality as my practicum and gave me additional experience, which has aided me in my career. (I now work with an international medical organization.)

 
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My husband and I are retired health professionals with 4 year opportunity to support our local fund raising and public awareness efforts on behalf of families and organizations in Nicaragua. We have traveled to Nicaragua each year to fulfill projects we develop with other members, donors and volunteers. Each year the projects build on previous activities designed to teach women, children and families to build self-sufficiency, obtain better health and health care, pursue education, network with other organizations and pursue a commitment to themselves, their family and their community.
We welcomed a Managua plastic surgeon and WNP Nicaragua staff to Wisconsin to learn about treatment of burns here (including hyperbaric chamber treatment) and learn about resources and support to continue a unique project of sewing and fitting compression dressings to help burn patients heal with less scarring. This is the only free program of its kind in Nicaragua and is managed by WNP donations of materials, space and Nica Volunteer seamstresses to work with medical oversight to serve burn patients from all over Nicaragua.
There are many projects and fund raising all year to bring real help and to involve our members, volunteers and local schools, businesses and organizations into this work. Our Appleton group is very proud to develop our local resources and volunteers and to support and enjoy the expertise of the statewide central office.
The coordination of full time staff and volunteers and staff both here and in Nicaragua makes this a unique and very successful ongoing and amazing effort.

 
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Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners of the Americas, Inc., had done an outstanding connecting the people of Nicaragua with the people of Wisconsin. I have been a member of WNP for many years and have traveled to Nicaragua to see first-hand the organization's tremendous work. From Learning Centers, to Sewing Centers, to Libraries, to Farmer-to-Farmer, Eyeglasses--through these and other projects WNP has made a difference in the lives of thousands of Nicaraguans. The programs have been in addition to the millions of tons of goods that have been shipped from Stevens Point to Managua, and then on to numerous cities and towns.

The organization is very well run by Amy Wiza, the executive director, and by the board of directors. These are among the most dedicated humanitarians I have ever met. They have been in it for the long-run, and they have put everything into it.

It is one of the outstanding voluntary organizations in Wisconsin and the U.S., in my opinion.

 
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I've been to Nicaragua twice while volunteering for Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners of the Americas. The organization has made itself felt throughout the country. I remember drinking coffee one morning in San Juan del Sur, having traveled there because of unrest in Managua during the national elections. As I sat at a table outside the restaurant a fire engine came racing down the street, siren screaming, on the way to a fire. On the side of the old un-repainted engine was the name of a Wisconsin town.

 
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