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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

138 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Lilliam Gomez, I have been a volunteer for Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners for 22 years, my life took a 380 degree turn when I met the Organization, I had a life change and my children too, I know many people who work with their hearts to help To the growth of the Learning Centers, personally I work in the empowerment of communities (Women, youth, children and men), through the Learning Center and its programs the organization has an impact on changing the lives of many people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am Karen Meza, I am from Nicaragua. The organization wisconsin Nicaragua partners more than an organization has been like a home with a wonderful family, where cultures and languages cross those barriers.
For more than 15 years I have been a volunteer for the mobile library programs with the focus of encouraging the habit of reading that has benefited many children from the most vulnerable communities in Nicaragua.
Thanks to the organization, I graduated in international relations in Nicaragua and traveled to study at the University of Steven Point with a scholarship program which motivated me even more to contribute to the social development of my community.

5 years ago with the support of the wisconsin nicaragua partners, the rainbow scholarship program was started, benefiting 13 students in various areas such as medicine, agriculture, accountants, international relations and engineers.

Thank you very much for all the support to so many families in Nicaragua and for making a difference.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

W/NP has several personalized assistance programs for people who require and request some kind of support or help. The cooking, sewing, and baking classes have encouraged several people to start small businesses for the good of the community where they reside. The Pressure Garment Therapy (PGT), Presoterapia, improves people's quality of life and help them to focus on their recovery from burns or cancer. I think there are only two places in all of Nicaragua that elaborate this type of garment and W/NP is one of them. Therefore, it must be maintained at all costs. Petronia y Lea have the magic to transform a piece of fabric into a healing and relief instrument.
The library program loans books to neighbor children to promote their thirsty for knowledge. Thanks Jael and Yorshuall and Geraldine.
The alliance among WPN and the firefighters deparments has help the whole country to reduce material loses and human lifes.
The COVID-19 restrictions has required the implementation of safety measures to maintain the attention of the people; activities have been kept under the "new normal".
Alliances with other non-profit organizations have allowed the organizations involved to complement each other by reinforcing existing weaknesses and improving their own strengths.
W/NP had have supported and helped directly and indirectly to all people in Nicaragua for so many years in all in segments as health, education, safety and hope.
There are always points of improvement such as programs to attract local donors, and increase the number of volunteers to extend the W/NP's aid programs.
I do volunteer activities at W/NP where I have experienced the deep appreciation and gratitude of the people whom W/NP has helped. It is an honor that W/NP allow me to return the blessings that I have received from others.

Jose Luis H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I considered that Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners has carried out in a country that is in such need as Nicaragua is an excellent humanitarian work, it is a very valuable and important organization in our lives with the extensive projects that are carried out and that help to get out of the poverty to many families, to empower women and men in rural areas and to train in new projects that are of great magnitude to be able to bring livelihoods to many households. Thanks for the support! God bless you!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to study in Wisconsin 6 years ago. There was where I had the opportunity to do volunteering at Stevens point W/N Partners. Once I came back to Nicaragua I was aware the Organization was near by my house so I decided to to know about them and become a volunteer here in Nicaragua . W/N partners is a place to admire for all the projects and donations that change people lives. Volunteers and staff from US and Nicaragua work really hard to bring hope to people who need it the most. I love the libraries because encourage children to learn more and improve in their educations. w/ N Partners empower people to be leaders in their communities to have a better quality of life. My time supporting them have been incredible because I have learned positive values and the best gratification that you can receive as volunteer is gratitude from people.

MariJe Centeno Z.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

La Organización Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners of the Americas nos ha apoyado mucho para que nuestras clases de drama y arte infantil sean más dinámicas y poder contar con los recursos materiales para desarrollarlas. Nos brindó las herramientas y equipos para fundar un Centro de Aprendizaje para que las mujeres de la comunidad puedan tener la oportunidad de recibir cursos técnicos en costura y cocina. Además ha sido un puente importante en la gestión de fondos para hacer mejoras en la infraestructura de nuestro local que estaba en mal estado. Atte. María Centeno de la ciudad Estelí Nicaragua.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with my partner has been enriching as an artist to be able to be a collaborator of projects that benefit the community in cultural exchange through language and art

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello,

I had the opportunity to volunteer to his organization and I can tell everybody that Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners of the Americas, Inc, has been a bless for many people in Nicaragua that they need help to work on their on projects and help others. The library are good projects for the kids and help them to feel motivated to read and have fun with volunteer teachers. I love to see how many people in rural communities want to work everyday and get support from Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners to complete sewing projects and Cooking workshops . I felt so glad doing this volunteer service and I want to say thanks to all the people in Winsconsin USA for the hard work they do every day in order to keep this organization alive and help people in Nicaragua .

Regards,

Gladys Luna

Board Member

Rating: 5

During this crazy time we live in, it would be easy to give up on volunteer work. Not so with Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners! This group of dedicated volunteers continues to work hard impacting lives in Nicaragua and Wisconsin. During more than 50 years of working together, W/NP has provided life-changing programs and projects. Despite challenges and sometimes setbacks, W/NP has managed to carry on with persistence and creativity. The year 2020 has brought the greatest challenge ever. Volunteers know how critical W/NP programs are to the people of Nicaragua. I am impressed with the diligence and resourcefulness of W/NP in keeping the programs alive and by providing continued support. Being a W/NP volunteer for over 20 years has made me a better person with a love and respect for our neighbors to the South.

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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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1 Leonor G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hola soy Leonor Guerrero desde Nicaragua, deseo compartir mi pensar de la Organizacion Wisconsin Nicaragua, es una organizacion sin fines de lucro, que desarrolla proyectos y programas para el desarrollo en las comunidades enfocados especialmente a la gente de pocos recursos. En mis 36 anos de trabajar y conocer las actividades que se desarrollan , me llevo a la desicion de ser voluntaria luego de mi retiro. Para mi es una Organizacion que te enamora y te compromete en aportar tu tiempo pensando en el bienestar de los demas, involucrando a muchas personas tanto del Norte como del Sur. En lo personal estoy muy agradecida por el apoyo que le dan a los nicaraguenses, no importa si poco o mucho lo que si cuenta es lograr cambios en las personas para mejorar sus vidas. Muchos voluntarios han dejado grandes LEGADOS que impulsan a continuar y hacer la diferencia en este mundo.

snunez

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known the amazing work WNP has done in Nicaragua since I was born. There are and have been so many great programs. I have been so blessed to know this organization, It helped shape the human being that I am today. I was so lucky to watch first hand the success of the programs and the growths of the women from so many communities from my country. I have been witness to those who worked so hard for their families to achieve dreams that at some points in life seem impossible. I have witnessed the strength of the women from Nicaragua with a little push from the organization.

They have had and have so many amazing programs but the ones I have always love the most are the learning centers program and the libraries and classes for children. I was able to observe, learn, and treasure the growth of women from many remote and urban communities from my country Nicaragua. Watching them overcome so many obstacles with grace, dignity, and a big smile of hope. The hope coming from knowledge and resources that WNP has given them to be able to see that possibilities are limitless when you work hard and expand your mind and abilities. All this is done with love and the entire soul of each WNP team member and each volunteer for whom the motivation is the growth of so many families in my beautiful country. Thank you for that.

There are so many examples and testimonies to give but I want to talk about the ones that marked my life.

I remember being about 8 years old or less and my mom would take me to the airport to pick up the kids from the healing the children program. At the time I did not quite understand all that was going on but looking at this in retrospect. Seen dads and moms receiving their healthy child back home with a new future filled my heart with hope. I have no words to describe the difference that was done for these families.

All the hard work and motivation that helping others requires is incredible. I will never forget going to help deliver donations to remote communities after hurricane Mitch. I was about 12 years old and this experience marked my heart to see the families and the kids just around my age smile and feel excited about the help they received. they had lost everything and still had the strength and heart to overcome this. the donation I remember to be can food, clothing shoes, even materials to rebuild their homes. The hard-worked that took as well to collect and ship and deliver all those donations to help moves me. It is said easy but it was not.

Fast forward to adulthood. I have been able to help with the limited time adult life and motherhood leave me but to see those women in every single monthly meeting. sharing the number of students they have, how many they have reached, who is working, and generating an income with that knowledge acquired and the materials received from WNP.

I admired the motivation the Managua and Wisconsin office staff and volunteers have. It is not easy sometimes, My heart goes to those amazing women that have done such sacrifices for their communities. Petronila, Janina, Doña Angelica are women that are my role models, to name only a few. It is now time for me to pass this love for others to my children by the example of actions because Working together we make a difference.



Silvia Javiera Nuñez

Betty42

Board Member

Rating: 5

A year ago, I was a member of an eyeglass mission to Nicaragua that was sponsored through Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners. It is humbling to be a small part of a group providing such a valuable service to the Nicaraguan community. There was a continuous queue of people waiting throughout the very hot day for an eyeglass fitting. It was my first eyeglasses trip but my coworker,Milo (who is a Wisconsin volunteer and worked all day without a break) has been on eyeglasses trip 19 or more times!
We also visited one of the multiple learning centers that are sponsored through Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners. In this center Nicaraguan volunteers provide instruction to members of their communities to learn additional skills such as cooking, beekeeping, sewing, English language courses etc.
This is an amazing organization filled with dedicated and hard-working individuals in Wisconsin and Nicaragua that are making a difference in the lives of people in both countries. I am very proud to be a part of this organization.

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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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CathyE

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners is an incredible organization! The motto “ working together, we make a difference” describes this organization perfectly. Wisconsin residents and Nicaraguan residents work together on projects such as sewing, cooking/canning, beekeeping, fire department connections and so much more. Lending libraries have been created in many communities along with learning centers to reach both young and old. Talents and resources are shared which creates a vibrant partnership. Resources earned are put to good use and the resulting completed projects are well- documented.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners over 20 years and have traveled to Nicaragua several times. The reason I support this organization is because donations of money go directly to learning centers, lending libraries, schools, scholarships and numerous other projects. Donations of materials go directly to enhance projects in the learning centers and communities. Donations of time toward the organization in Wisconsin and by those who travel to Nicaragua directly benefit individuals, families and communities. The connections and mutual sharing between the people of Wisconsin and Nicaragua are inspirational and demonstrate the good that can come from people working together.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What a treat to finally meet Tony who was a professor for my husband (Nicaraguan) many years ago at the UCA (Universidad Centro America) in Managua! Fast forward a few decades and I had the pleasure to meet him, his daughter and son-in-law when they came to Nicaragua with the Eyeglasses program. I watched the long line of people outside the Managua office who were excited about receiving glasses and help for their poor vision. Inside I witnessed their expressions of delight and gratitude when they actually were able to see! Blessings to Tony, his family and all the WNP volunteers who continue to improve the lives of so many Nicaraguans, while building bridges of ongoing friendship.

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!

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.

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an excellent non-profit organization I have had the chance to volunteer in both places; Wisconsin and Nicaragua. All they do to support nicaraguans worth to admire.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We feel very comfortable in supporting the Wisconsin Nicaragua Partnership. Through the learning centers, eye glass missions, aid to fire departments, ambulances and other programs we see first hand how the aid gets directly to those in need. It is only when you have dedicated people in both countries that this happens.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adore and admire WNP so much for the way that you care about the the entire well being of Nicaraguans; health, education, environment, economics...your learning centers empower so many individuals, businesses and communities with valuable knowledge that will prosper lives for many generations. Instead of pacifying them with retail products, you teach skills and assist with raw materials so that they can create their own designs and remedies. I am also forever amused with the variety of products that you find a second life for down there instead of them sitting in a landfill forever (restaurant seating, office furniture, sewing machines, bicycles, fire equipment)! Keep up the great work!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have worked with a variety of nonprofits, either on their board of directors, or as a partner through my Rotary club. Based on my varied experience I can easily say that the dedication of the Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners volunteers, the well-organized staff, and the passion of all involved is simply outstanding. I have been proud to partner with this organization and hope to continue working with them in the future.

2 Colette P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

No other organization has offered such a return on my investment of time, dollars, friendships and feelings. No matter what the WNP contributes to our relationship with Nicaragua I am constantly inspied and amazed by the scope of people that are effected by the organizationsame commitment and volunteers. This has been by far the only organization that has given me more than I have given.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners are an incredibly dedicated group of volunteers. With a strong emphasis on education, they strive to help the people obtain new skills (and the equipment to do it) to be able to better their standard of living, and, in turn, help others. They often will learn a new skill themselves before traveling to Nicaragua to pass it on. They travel with suitcases full of donated goods - from renovated computers to sports equipment. Their work is amazing!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Wisconsin Nicaragua Partnership is a great example of not only helping people who are in need, but of teaching them to help themselves. I am impressed with the work the volunteers do, both in Wisconsin and Nicaragua. I am proud to be a part of this group!

2 Ray G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An amazing group of people in both countries working together to help those in need through education, support and inspiration. I first learned of this group on a local TV news story and it caught my attention because I was already planning a trip to Nicaragua. I soon learned of the organizations benefits for the many peoples in Nicaragua. In Wisconsin many donated items are packaged up and prepared for transit in shipping containers. These are shipped via US Armed Services at no cost to a port near Nicaragua. Once received, the items are distributed out to the many different learning centers all over the country. The neat part is they are used to educate and inspire others to better themselves, not just a gift that might not get used. When I was in Nicaragua, I helped with some learning centers and helped build a new cook stove for a Managua School. A great organization with amazing people in both countries working together to make a difference for so many.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the chance to write a children's book for the Lending Libraries program for this organization in my Spanish class. Not only did I get to practice my Spanish language skills, I was giving Nicaraguan children the opportunity to learn. I have volunteered two more times after, and I am so happy that I have become involved in this organization! It has a great mission, and the other people involved are so nice to work with. I have had nothing but positive experiences with the Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners of the Americas!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners of America is a seed of hope and progress. I personally have seen the positive impact that Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners have done in rural community of Nicaragua. Llano Largo is an example of a new growing community where a sewing project is starting changing the live of many young women by giving them the opportunity of learn a craft that will help them to improve their live style. Through my experience of working with Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners, I have learned the great value of doing volunteer work. Giving back to the community is a generous work to do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a very dedicated group of volunteers, who always seem to go an extra step to solve problems they face in Nicaragua. Whether the work is done here or in Nicaragua, it is always done on a person to person basis, working with the people in need, not a bureaucratic agency.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I appreciate this great organization Wisconsi/nicaragua es a great nonprofits organization they do a temendueos job in nicaragua , helping people in need ,children in need ,I so proud to be part on this great organization

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Donor

Rating: 5

I recently donated some items for this agency and attended their warehouse when they were packing items being sent to the Nicaragua. I was impressed with the enthusiasm of the volunteers who assisted that day, the number of volunteers, and really impressed with the amount and quality of items being donated. Our community has rallied around this project, and it was refreshing to see how the items directly benefit the communities and people in Nicaragua. The agency keeps volunteers and the community well informed via newsletters. One can feel the energy of the group once involved and the agency is making a difference in the lives of the people it helps.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners of the Americas work countless hours to help the people of Nicaragua. They collect thousands of items, backpacks for students, hospital equipment used to save lives, sports equipment used to build teamwork. Firefighting equipment used to save villages and lives. Not only do they supply the equipment, but many volunteers go to teach and help the people of Nicaragua lead better lives. The Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners Group of Volunteers is a true inspiration to many and is a prime example of what giving is all about.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In the small town of Stevens Point, everything seems to be connected. We help each other and use our resources to make things better. We believe in a "helping hand" to aid independence. And that is true for our outreach programs as well.
I have worked during the "packing days" for the Friends of Nicaragua Project and have been truly humbled by the generosity and commitment that this organization Instills. Whether it is the old pump organ that will provide music to a church service or the beds for children or the 10lbs of assorted nails and screws that were sorted and will be used to build and repair or the 40 yards of material that will be made into children's dresses, there is an identified need for everything . I have never seen such commitment or such efficiency in the transfer of materials. As Director, Amy Wiza is a wonder. Enough said. Bob Bowen drives a mean fork lift. Enough said. This organization channels an amazing amount of necessary support to Nicaragua and does so with an emphasis on volunteerism . All in all, it is an organization to support with great pride.