Lifting up through learning

May 18, 2012

Visually impaired teacher inspires others

Dimas sharing basket making skills
Dimas sharing basket making skills

Each monthly Learning Center meeting offers training or a class for those in attendance.  Basket Making was demonstrated for the April LC meeting by Dimas Antonio Angulo Gago.  Dimas is visually impaired (blind) and doing the Basket Making demonstration was especially inspirational to all the monthly meeting participants.  The participants were interested to have the basket workshop and learn about all the different styles or basket shapes that Dimas is willing to share with them. Basket classes will be a new program at the Managua office.

Another exciting Learning Center project was the making of sheets by the Learning Center women for the Velez Pais Hospital in Managua.  The Nicaraguan women logged in 220 volunteer hours on this project.  W/NP offers a Learning Center Trek once a year in February, a chance for people to visit the Learning Centers, learn about the projects and share a workshop.  Rosa Surber took part in the Learning Center Trek this year teaching basic sewing, with one of the stops along the way being the Velez Pais hospital where she identified their need for sheets and did something about it.  Rosa left the funds needed to buy the material to make the sheets in Nicaragua and the ladies took it from there.  Thanks everyone for helping us to have a Learning Center Program where need and opportunity meet, thus making thoughts move to action.  Kudos to the ladies in Nicaragua for taking the project from start to finish in a very short time!   The Velez Pais Hospital has 230 beds so they very much appreciated the 100 handmade sheets received this past week and hope more can be made in the future as funds are available – please contact WNP if you would like to help purchase materials for more sheets to be made. or 715-346-4702  

Product from the basket making workshop
Product from the basket making workshop
Suyen & Petronila working on hospital sheets
Suyen & Petronila working on hospital sheets
Sandra keeps machines working, Janina sewing
Sandra keeps machines working, Janina sewing
Sandra & Petronila during stenciling process
Sandra & Petronila during stenciling process
Irene during the drying process
Irene during the drying process



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Amy Wiza

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Stevens Point, WI United States

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