October 4, 2012
One of my goals in retirement was to travel to Nicaragua to do good deeds with Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners. My experience there was everything I had hoped for and more, and I am about to return for the 8th year in a row! What makes this organization so special? A group of vibrant, dedicated volunteers who do everything possible to make life better for those they meet (or have been linked with) in Nicaragua. Fund-raisers, donations, and projects in Wisconsin are used to create greater opportunities for employment, education, and income for the Nicaraguan people. The people in Nicaragua also have input into the goals for their community and the projects undertaken, and by working TOGETHER, positive change has occured. I have particularly enjoyed working with the children and seeing them grow into responsible contributing adults. I support a scholarship program (through WNP) that allows Nica youngsters to continue their studies past sixth grade. Working on planning, establishing, and providing books for a lending library for a small mountain-top community to use has been a rewarding opportunity as well. Sharing songs, dances, and crafts with the children keeps me busy in Nicaragua and allows their parents uninterrupted time to attend workshops as part of WNP projects. It has been a win/win situation for all involved!
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