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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

124 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a member of WNP for 25 years. My life has definitely been enriched through participation in this wonderful organization. With the variety of focus areas of WNP projects, it is possible to be involved in many ways. The world of technology has made it possible to easily communicate with friends all over Nicaragua. Children that I met decades ago are grown and have become leaders in their communities. I would encourage anyone who is looking for life fulfillment to investigate becoming a part of Wisconsin Nicaragua partners.

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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard of Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners from my university. I later was invited to visit their headquarters in Managua and to work with them and visit their libraries and learning centers. I cannot tell you how kind and caring the staff is. I also appreciate that they are partnering with the communities that they serve and not trying to force or demand anything. Instead, they respond to the needs of the community. They have a great reputation and have formed connections with Nicaraguan families and communities in a way that has lasted since the the advent of this organization. I'm so grateful to be a part of this organization because I know how much it means both to the staff and volunteers in the US and Nicaragua.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been affiliated with WNP for several years now, as a volunteer, a two-time traveler to Nicaragua, and a board member. This organization is so well organized and effective. The personnel in both the Stevens Point, Wisconsin, and Managua, Nicaragua, offices are dedicated and compassionate professionals. Many, many people have benefited from their humanitarian efforts and projects.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for about 6 months now. WNP is comprised of the hardest working group of people I've ever met -- both in the Stevens Point office and the Managua office. My husband and I went on the Leaning Center Tour in 2014 and were so impressed with the work that WNP is doing in Nicaragua, plus we really enjoyed the country and its people.

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Amy Bowen W. 03/31/2014

Thanks Mary! We are thrilled to have you as a W/NP volunteer! The strength of the Partnership is truly in its members – people like yourself, who graciously share their time, resources, expertise and networks. It's a delight to have you on board - you have been a huge help!

Betty42

Board Member

Rating: 5

Hi. I had the opportunity to visit Nicaragua as part of a Wisconsin Nicaragua partners travel group. It’s always gratifying to see that people in Nicaragua are up working as hard or harder than the volunteers in Wisconsin. The Learning Centers are a place to learn new skills and exchange ideas. Programs for kids have lending library‘s, cooking classes, music classes, etc.
I am very proud to be a part of this organization.

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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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Patrick S.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a volunteer with this organization and am always amazed at the dedication to further advance the goodwill between the U.S. and Nicaragua. There's a large group of volunteers who continuously show up to do the work and promote humanitarian efforts to the Nicaraguan people. It's truly inspiring.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteered and saw first hand what a positive influence this organization has been on people's lives.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Hello
I got involved back 2008 when hurricane Mitch came through Nicaragua and change the lives of so many. Bill and Alva Davidson were active members of WNP. They asked me if I would get on board to help collect supplies from our area from those who wanted to help. I said yes and be began the media campaign. We used our church as a collecting spot for all the different items that came in. Once we had collected everything it was time to pack it all in gaylord boxes and ship it off to the warehouse in Stevens Point. From that day on I have been doing what I can to get information out about WNP. I participate in the folk fair at the university, international folk fair in downtown Eau Claire, global market at first congregational church. I was just voted to sit on the board of directors for WNP. We as an organization has grown over the past 11 years as an organization doing the impossible.

afjilek

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for the Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners since 1981 (38 years) and am proud to say that this is the best volunteer organization that I have seen. A tremendous amount of good for Nicaragua with a very limited budget.
Thanks, Tony Jilek

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I taught at the Universidad CentroAmericana in 1971-72. Then in 1981, I was asked to return on a volunteer assignment with the Universidad Nacional Agraria. I discovered that I was representing the Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners (WNP) and joined their Ag committee. In November, 1981 I was elected to the board of WNP on which I served for 20 years. So why am I still volunteering with WNP? I have met some really super people on each side of the Partnership. I have worked in may areas of Nicaragua and cherish the friendships that I have developed. The volunteers from Wisconsin are very dedicated and treat their Nicaraguan counterparts as family. I consider Nicaragua as my second home. WNP is held in high esteem with the Partners of the Americas, the umbrella organization, as they have accomplished tremendous amounts of benefits for the people of Nicaragua.

Carla A.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's crazy to believe Wisconsinites are able to change the lives of people living over 3,000 miles away from them. W/NP provides Nicaraguans the tools needed to be successful. Their programs vary from leadership, youth, sports, lending libraries, agriculture, learning centers, health, cultural diversity, kitchen gardens, humanitarian assistance and more. Each program allows Nicaraguans to learn something new to better themselves and their community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with W/NP for about a year. As a college student, I wanted to get involved with an organization that would fit into my busy schedule and help me make an impact. When I found out about W/NP I was drawn in by the numerous projects that they have going on that I could get involved with. After organizing 2 school supply and backpack drives on my campus, I wanted to get more involved so I decided to do an internship with the organization. During my internship I have gotten to help with several of our projects including grant writing, attending a Partners of the Americas conference in Texas, fundraisers, packing events, quarterly meetings, and projects to increase youth involvement. I also got to travel to Nicaragua for a week and visit with our volunteers in country and distribute eye glasses to communities around the country. My experience with W/NP has been amazing and I have learned a lot that I will take with me in the future. It has been great to build relationships with people from Nicaragua and see the impact that the organization is making.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with donating fabric, sewing machines, quiltlets, diapers, sanitary pads, and more for at least 10 years. The women of Nicaragua have done amazing work with sale of doll clothes, cake decorating and other work to help support their families. Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners of the Americas, Inc. has done a great job supporting them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I fix all of the donated sewing machine here is Wisconsin and also have had two trips to Nicaraqua. I have seen what a difference we have made and personally meeting the recipients of the sewing machines has been very heart warming.
The evidence of our efforts is very visible and we are making a great difference.
i WILL CONTINUE WORKING WITH OUR GROUP FOR AS LONG AS i'M ABLE.

Jim Herman AKAQ "JIMBO"Shawano Wi

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an outstanding organization that helps the Nicaraguan people in a number of ways. I had the opportunity to visit Nicaragua with a group of people from this organization, and I was very impressed at how much has been done to improve the lives of those involved. People go out of their way to donate supplies and training of all types to support those in need in Nicaragua. Perhaps what impressed me most was that they help people learn new skills and support their projects so that they can support themselves. It is a very wise method of helping people. I fully support Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners of the Americas and will continue to participate in their projects as much as possible.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Top-notch people with a heart for transforming lives. A great group that moves resources and gets things done. Love the work being done in Nicaragua ... I've visited the programs directly and can say that this is quality work that is making a difference!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a representative of Fort Atkinson, WI/Puerto Cabezas Nicaragua Partners, the WI/Nicaragua Partners are super supporters of our organization. We can count on them for assistance with donations, supplies and financial. They are our go-to when we need help with person-to-person contact in Nicaragua. Without them, we may not be able to help the citizens of Puerto Cabezas, a relationship that was established 50 years ago.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners of the Americas maximizes contributions. With an extensive network of dedicated volunteers in both Wisconsin and Nicaragua much work is done with minimal expenses for staff in Wisconsin and Nicaragua. Also, the shipping is handled through the U.S. Humanitarian Shipment program which allows valuable project support to reach recipients. Finally, Nicaraguan guests are hosted by Wisconsin volunteers and soon become life-long friends. This organization is a wise investment.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have attended several of the learning center tours of Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners. These learning centers are in spread across the country and offer training and materials for Nicaraguans to develop new skills, many of which lead to money making projects or new employment.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just returned from working with a group of Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners volunteers distributing eyeglasses to very remote communities in rural Nicaragua. On this trip, about 1000 glasses were distributed to people that had never had access to a pair of glasses. This was a most rewarding endeavor and helped so many people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners has been a part of my life for many years. I have supplied donations, prepared and packed donations for shipment and traveled to Nicaragua to see how those donations are used. I can truly verify that each and every item is used by those in need. Donations provide women with supplies to earn a living through the items they produce, children with books and school supplies to further their education and items, including vehicles, that improve the health and wellbeing of the Nicaraguan people. I am proud to be a member of this organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is truly an international person-to-person nonprofit. Several of us form the River Falls part of the sub-partnership with Ocotal, Nicaragua. We are currently helping Ocotal get kitchen equipment for a Ronald McDonald-like facility to house family members from the countryside who have members in the hospital.

At the quarterly meetings we usually have Skype sessions with various counter part groups in Nicaragua. In the last meeting it was with a children's library the WNP helped start. The children were so excited to tell us about how they loved the library.

Ann Marie L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with the Wisconsin/ Nicaragua Partners for 8 years now as a volunteer. I have seen the many hands-on opportunities to help give people, and especially women and children, training that they can use to become more self-sufficient and help others become more self-sufficient.

Volunteers are treated with the utmost respect and appreciation. I highly recommend this nonprofit!

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.

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.

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.