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Nonprofit Overview

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.