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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.