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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

114 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Patrick S.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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.

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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