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Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners of the Americas, Inc.

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Causes: Economic Development, International, International Cultural Exchange, International Economic Development, International Exchange, Microfinance, Philanthropy, Voluntarism Promotion

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.

Community Stories

103 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a member of this organization for 15 years and the services that they provide to the people are extensive and phenomenal. It is an honor to be a member of this excellent organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I traveled with the Feb. 2017 Learning Trek to Nicaragua. It was an eye-opening experience to see how our donations to Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners actually get to the people and are used to help their families. Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners is an amazing organization and I am proud to be a part of it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

While spending time with W/NP I was able to learn about the women who create these wonderful artistic items and felt a part of something much bigger than myself. The people in this organization truly have a niche for their work and put forth the effort.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently went on a trip to Nicaragua for spring break and absolutely loved it! The people there are extremely warm-hearted and the country itself is beautiful. I even got a chance to tour the Managua office for Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners of the Americas and visit three of the learning centers there as well. I couldn't believe how different the quality of life was there compared to here and how some of the things we take for granted everyday, like running water, are a luxury many can not afford to have. What W/NP is doing for the people in Nicaragua increases their quality of life and helps people pay for daily essentials. By sending our love and support, we are able to help aid in the teachings available in their learning centers. Overall, Nicaragua and W/NP are both wonderful and unique in their own ways. I am so glad I went on this trip through the organization...I even got to practice my Spanish!

Andrew Johnson
2017 Member

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The W/NP learning trek to Nicaragua was the best experience of my life. To teach them & learn from them and their many many needs was heart wrenching. I visited 7 schools and libraries that W/NP has started throughout the country and was amazed at what they have accomplished with little funding. I also saw the great need for water towers and outside stoves with ovens that the W/NP purchased & installed. The people are so greatful and appreciative of all we did to help them.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners has changed my life. After many years of volunteer service, I have a large network of Nicaraguan friends who are like family to me. I have seen first hand that money and donations raised by Wisconsinites get to the intended destinations and make a difference in the lives of many. W/NP has made my life more rewarding. I am proud to be part of such a great organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing group of people doing even more amazing things! I got to go on the last trip to Nicaragua and saw firsthand the aid and difference WNP makes in the lives of many. I can't wait to be more involved and see how much further we go!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

W/NP is a wonderful opportunity to become involved in an intimate cultural exchange, in many ways. Whether teaching, acquiring or packing goods, traveling to learning centers; one can not help but learn about, and from the people of Nicaragua. This organization focuses on"teaching one to fish," not a handout of short term existence. An incredible amount of tools for learning and creating job opportunities come from this organization and it's volunteers. There is a connection that elevates everyone above politics, to a personal love and respect for each other.

Lisa362

Board Member

Rating: 5

I just returned from Nicaragua last week with a Spring Break Tour of the Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners projects. The tour was a success thanks to all the WNP Staff and Volunteers! I enjoy traveling with new volunteers to Nicaragua so they can see all the great work WNP does! The children at the Learning Libraries love their new books and the Learning Center Coordinators enjoy our visits to their communities. WNP is an outstanding example of what an international non-profit can do to empower people!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners is an incredible nonprofit, which supports an amazing number and variety of projects in our partner country of Nicaragua. The dedicated volunteers in both Wis. and Nica. continuously strive to improve the lives of all people involved.
I have traveled to Nicaragua on seven trips with W/NP, and each time I can't say enough good things about the experiences, whether visiting learning centers or providing eyeglasses to individuals. Nicaragua is a beautiful country with friendly, loving people and I have always felt safe there and would encourage anyone to take a trip with us.
Our staff (in both offices) works tirelessly to help those in need as well as promote valuable cultural exchanges, such as Youth Ambassadors' visits, WI Lions' club trips, Farmer to Farmer, and too many more to mention. Our Learning Centers provide opportunities for people to gain skills that can be used to raise income for their families, so very important to help them help themselves.

Betty42

Board Member

Rating: 5

WNP is a great nonprofit organization with super volunteers in each country. Can't wait to visit Nicaragua again to visit the Learning Centers.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After spending just five minutes in the Wisconsin Nicaragua Partner office in Stevens Point, WI, I was blown away at the multitude of projects they do and the impact they have one anyone who walks through their doors.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The work that WNP does is beyond words. I was able to travel to Nicaragua and meet the people who benefit from all the hard work- and they are so incredibly grateful for everything that the staff and volunteers do! I really feel like I am making a difference in the world and always appreciate the increase in myself awareness. WNP has added a strong line to my resume as I have learned and enhanced so many skills and have a host of experiences to speak on.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi, My name is Felix and I have been volunteering for more than a year at WN/P Managua Office. According to my experience with many other NGO's I can tell that through all this time I have realized that there is no other organization quiet like Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners.

This is a unique organization that has a very strong network of committed volunteers those help no matter what sacrifice is required to fulfill the needs of all the people attended by Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners.

Furthermore, as an Architect and Professor of Architecture by profession I felt that I could not be just be standing as a volunteer; so I was so inspired by the work that have been done by my beloved NGO in 51 years of hard work that I invited my students of the Faculty of Architecture to get involved and feel proud not for just being part of Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners, but for all the good things that we do every single day to reach all people who is in need for the amazing work the have been performed beautifully.

Burning Project, Firefghters and hospital equipment donations, Learning Centers Project, The Dolls Project (Chica Nica) and so many other Project that Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners develope that time and space would be needed to describe them all!.

Day after day Nicaraguan people visit our Managua Office in search of help since Wisconsin Nicaragua do not charge any kind of fee for the the goodness they receive from all donors in USA through our Office.

I would like to add the four photos allowed, but not photos of myself or what I do, NO! I think It is more importantly to show the people who is being helped by our donors.

Please, the photos added are very graphic, so, viewer discretion is advised.

Hard to see, yes, it is, but this is the real work that has been done thanks to the donors in USA and the remarkable volunteers helper down here in Nicaragua by a series of unique abilities in garments for people that suffers burns injuries. It is important to remark that in other places these garments have a price up to US$50 each.

Thank you donors, Thank you volunteers all in USA and Nicaragua.

Felix.-





Volunteer

Rating: 5

W/N Partners is one of the best experience it has happened in my life. Been a volunteer for many years serving in many projects in Nicaragua and the outcomes of the efforts of both countries are simply amazing and life changing. I can't imagine a better place to volunteer, I've felt welcome, comfortable and well instructed as to what to do to help others in need. Thank you W/N Partners for a job well done on all your endeavors . May God bless all donors, individuals, businesses and organizations for all their contribution for a better world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Soy Rosi Bolaños, una de las personas favorecidas con este excelente programa que su organización impulsa en beneficio de las mujeres nicaragüenses para salir adelante y superarse en el aspecto laboral, económico y para que nos sirve como una formación integral como persona. En el poco tiempo de estar en la clase de bolso he aprendido mucho de la convivencia, la solidaridad y dedicación del personal que nos instruye. Agradecida grandemente con las personas u organismos solidarios para que este programa siga adelante muchos años mas!!!

I am Rosi Bolaños, one of the recipients of this excellent program carried out by your organization in benefit of the Nicaraguan women to succeed in the labor and economic aspect so that it serves us for an integral development as a person. In the short time I've been in the bag making class, I've learned about getting along with other people, solidarity and dedication of the staff who direct us. I am enormously grateful with people and organizations so that this program continues many more years from now.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Erayda Vargas, coordinator of Hosanna LC in a rural community in Masaya, Nicaragua. This center belongs to one of the programs of Wisconsin/ Nicaragua Partners of the Americas. I have been working with this organization for three years and my experience has been really good. This organization provides social help, promotes women empowerment and community development in poor areas of our country. In my experience I’ve seen people emerge from learning at the center and nowadays work on their own or are employed by other businesses. I want to thank God and Wisconsin/ Nicaragua Partners of the Americas for the opportunity given to be part of this organization which has been a blessing for all the community and has also changed lives and families. Thank you so much for everything!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

He trabajado para Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners por 3 años. Mi trabajo ha sido una experiencia única ya que me gusta mucho trabajar con niños, con ellos comparto el hábito fundamental en la vida de leer y aprender cada día con ellos. Sé que mis estudiantes son felices asistiendo a la biblioteca realizando muchas actividades que forjan el futuro de los pequeños. Trabajar en Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners para mí ha sido muy productivo, me siento muy satisfecha con el trabajo que realizo en la organización ya que ayudar a los demás es la misión que tiene la organización. Mi vida cambio en lo económico, personal y profesional porque gracias a este trabajo he sacado adelante a mi hijo y comparto con el mi experiencia como bibliotecaria. Mis habilidades en la comunicación, organización, lectura, desarrollo personal ha mejorado gracias a todo lo que he aprendido y las personas que son parte de esta familia que siempre comparten conmigo sus conocimientos y experiencias. Todo lo que la Organización ha alcanzado ha sido gracias al trabajo arduo que hacemos juntos.

1 Octavio R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thanks to WNP I got wonderful experiences about volunteering and work in groups. They taught that many goals at personal and community levels are reachable through work and group work. I participated in Youth Ambassadors program. Thank you so much WNP. Best Regards from Nicaragua.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Two days ago we visited the Managua Office of the WI/Nicaragua Partners of the Americas. While we were there, a local firefighter who was badly burned in a recent explosion, arrived at the office and requested compression garments to help heal his wounds. Skilled in sewing, learned through learning centers, several Nicaraguan women measured the injured man and promptly constructed the garments. All of this was done for free because of material support from Wisconsin and the generous efforts of the Nicaraguan women. For us, it was a profound and unforgettable experience. It is only one example of the outstanding work and relationship between Nicaraguan and Wisconsin volunteers.

Jim and Linda Krohelski