Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners of the Americas, Inc.

W/NP is a progressive and viable humanitarian service organization actively implementing programs in both Wisconsin and Nicaragua. W/NP's goals are to promote mutual understanding and establish lasting relationships among citizens and institutions of Wisconsin and Nicaragua; foster volunteerism and self-help attitudes through the implementation of economic and social development projects; leverage development assistance funds from the U.S. Government and other public and private sources.
Jan 6, 2016

Learning Center Gathering

Monthly Learning Center Meeting
Monthly Learning Center Meeting

Monthly Learning Center Meeting  (September 2015)   by: Leonor Guerrero, volunteer coordinator

“The enthusiasm is evident in every group of women,  all ready to learn and participate in activities and happy to receive the gifts which motivates them even more.  The most important part of the organization's commitment is to have mutual leaders for family and community development for improved quality of life.” Leonor  

A very good monthly gathering with 32 Learning Centers represented including:  Rosa de Tipitapa, San Gabriel de Villa El Carmen, Erlinda Lopez de Managua, Florence Willia Nellis de Samaria Sagrado corazón de Jesus de San Benito, san Antonio de Villa El Carmen, Dios con Nosotros de Sabana Grande, Guadalupano de Managua, San Judas Tadeo de Managua, Grupo Fanny de Managua, Gloria Chavarría de Managua,  Unidas en un solo Abrazo Timal Tipitapa, Carolina de Managua, Las Muñecas de Chiquilistagua 2, El Carmen de La Paz Centro León, Todo lo Puedo en Cristo de Managua,  Renacer de San Juan de Oriente, Isabel´s  de Managua, Hossana de Masaya, Chilamatillo de Tipitapa,  Madison Los Cedros /Villa El Carmen , Gracia a Dios de Cedro Galán, Brazos de Amor de Laureles Sur, San Vicente de Paull Managua, Buena Vista Piedra Quemada Masaya, Manos Solidarias de Mina Rosita, las Camelia,  Achuapa, y Santa Rosa de Nueva Segovia, Esther de Acahualinca Managua.

We were asking for the assistance of everybody as part of the agenda, giving special welcome because some came from many parts very far away, they are leaders of each center.  We requested that they report on the performance of the pillow course taught last month, we have taken like a rule that in each monthly gathering they report performance of their products made in the last meeting day and we can see the learning level that each one is having. 

The first group will learn how to make a purse with recycled bottles from teacher Rosa.    We could see how to use the plastic soda bottles, the bags were useful and beautiful to elaborate.  It will be our challenge to finish the bags, and be able to present the finished bags in the October gathering.

For the angels, we formed two groups of 15 participants, one with Lea, and the other group with Leonor who taught how to decorate with foamy and different things, very nice to see their creativity and how to use as a table decoration. 

In general information we shared that in October we will be doing Christmas rings and others things that have to do with Christmas Eve.  It was requested to have quarterly reports ready in order to have a better idea what kinds of materials would be most useful for the classes they are teaching.  A shipment of donations is now in Managua and they are in the customs process.  Isabel talked again with the project leaders, how having items according to the list is helpful and we are attending the best possible with many requests from the Learning Centers.  We sang congratulations to the birthday girl Eslela with the guitar and other instruments.  

For the oral evaluations, we requested 3 secretaries, one at each table so they can take the following notes:  

Comments from participants about today’s experience:  

  • What goals did we reach? We learned new things like how to decorate, work as a team, we learned how to do Christmas angels, integration in the learning different activities, we learned to recycle plastic, we conveyed experience, and we gather new discipline and disposition from the experiences. 
  • Things to improve: be punctual in the class, give reports that have been asked for on time, have time to do all the activities, show how to centers and update all the center´s information. 
  • There was a very nice environment.  We took advantage of the time to do handcrafts and there´s a nice dynamic and goal to the project.  We learned because will now be decorating our Christmas trees at home.
  • We could see and feel that we are very organized, it was very nice, the dynamics of the class because we were using something plastic that is recyclable and easy access. 
  • We like the class, this is the first time that I came, I am very satisfied.  I can see how to implement these ideas for our homes and our business.
  • Here we go home, very nice and happy because we have learned and we hope to go on, adding knowledge because everything has a great value we have to leave our problems in our homes.
  • We say thank you to the organizations and the facilitators, and God bless you a lot.
  • The work experience that we received was awesome and from part of one our participants was nice, it was the first time that came to the program and have the patience to do hi work.
  • An angel works to give peace and is a special decoration for many families that believe in Christmas. 
  • This experience is very nice, where we have to put in practice, motivation, enthusiasm, creativity and friendliness.
  • We received feedback from the gathering and ideas how to improve and add things to make better Learning Centers.
  • Enough materials to make a good group of work.
  • We have to remember the next gathering will be October 31st we are going to start at 9 o´clock to 1 pm noon.

Conclusion:

All the participants have shown their ability and talent to develop all the handcraft activities.  A good learning experinece to multitask everything that they have learned and will take to their communities.  We have to say congratulations for their dedication and patience in all the processes that we have developed in our organization Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners of the Americas.

       Thank you for your interest and support!

Making the handcrafts
Making the handcrafts
Rosa teaching the technique
Rosa teaching the technique
Lea teaching techniques
Lea teaching techniques
Proud of their work
Proud of their work
All age groups are represented
All age groups are represented

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Sep 29, 2015

1st Cooking Lesson for the Sherin Bowen Library

Getting to know teacher Karla
Getting to know teacher Karla

Part of the W/NP Learning Center Program includes a Lending Library Project. Learning Centers are known as places to acquire knowledge, so it only makes sense to include a resource section, otherwise known as a library. Libraries are much more than checking out books, they are also a place to gather with friends, to study, to learn new things, make craft activities and so much more! 

Thanks to a dedicated, volunteer Learning Center teacher, a small cooking group has formed from the children who attend the Sherin Bowen Lending Library. This Global Giving update is about their first baking experience, “How to make Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies” offered by Karla, Learning Center teacher. 

This was the first of several baking classes to be offered for lending library members as a complement of activities to go with literature. A collaboration of sponsors and volunteers came together to make a fun event happen. Special thanks to Petronila and Blanca who helped sew the hats and aprons from donated material for the kids, Jael and Leonor for helping with logistics and of course to Karla for volunteering to teach the class and share her knowledge, making a very memorable experience for the kids who very much enjoyed the class and would like to have other activities.  The total budget was US$23 - thank you to the donors of this project.   Here are some comments from the kids: 
o I am member #48 of the SB library, I am 15 years old and I’d like teacher Karla to continue teaching us baking and thank you to the people that donated the money to make the cookies, they were delicious. 

o I think the baking class was very good, I liked it very much and could learned how to make cookies. I’d like the baking classes to continue with Karla as a teacher. I am member #20. Thank you to the people that donated the fund to make this possible for us.

o I am member #8 of the SB library, I liked the class as much as teacher Karla. The cookies were so so delicious . Thank you for providing the class and hope we have another class like that. I would like the group to have a name and I suggest it be “Karla y sus Niños” or Karla and her children.

o I am member #129, I am 11 years old. I think the class was very good, we could also learn to cook. Today we made oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. I felt cheerful. I would like to class to continue. The instructor is very good and felt good, thanks to Karla for teaching us step by step.

o I liked the class and the instructor Karla for the kind of cookies she taught us. I am member #128 and I am 12 years old. I felt happy and may be for my birthday I’ll make these cookies for my family. I would like to receive another class may be a cake.

o I am a member of the SB library, I am 11 years old. I liked the class and think instructor Karla is a very good teacher. I’d like that we continue having baking classes.

o I liked the class of making cookies with instructor Karla and wish we could have it every day . I liked I am felt happy. I am a member of the library and I am seven years old. Thank you to the people who provided the funds so that we could make these delicious cookies.

o Hello, I am a member of the SB library, member #47 and I am 13 years old. Aug 28 was incredible for the fabulous thing we learned with teacher Karla. Thanks to the providers who facilitate the materials to be able to make the cookies, thank you very much. It was great, we love you much Wisconsin!!

o I am member #171 of the SB library. The class was very interesting and I hope we continue to have more classes because we learned so much.

Thanks for making this possible for the children, as you can read from the comments the class was a real plus for them. As you can see, $23 goes a long way.   Thank you thank you!

Taking notes
Taking notes
Karla
Karla's favorite recipe
Hands on experience
Hands on experience
Baking the cookies
Baking the cookies
MMM taste testing their product
MMM taste testing their product
May 31, 2015

Decorative (Origami variations) Bag Class

Petronila explains the steps to follow
Petronila explains the steps to follow

Throughout the year, various classes are offered for Learning Center Coordinators and participants.  May 14th, 2015 one of the Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners (W/NP) Learning Center instructors, Petronila, taught a bag making workshop at the W/NP office in Managua.

This workshop has the particularity that the first training was imparted by one of the Wisconsin volunteers that came with the Learning Center Trek earlier this year. The class is being reproduced by leaders that attended the workshop taught by Nancy in February. It is a great idea and the bags can be made in different sizes and with different types of fabric. It can have many uses. All the materials that were used such as printed fabric, solid colors fabric, thread, felt decoration, needles, scissors and paper were donated by the participants.

It was interesting to hear the following comments from class participants: 

While making her first bag, Leonor comments, “ .. the workshop was very motivating; we all could accomplish the final product desired. In my opinion I will practice it in different sizes, which can be useful for birthday parties, purisimas and other events.”

While working, Ana said “I feel Happy, the teacher is excellent, and there is nothing to complain about”
Silvia feels, “the class was great, I like to learn new things and I always participate in the weekly or monthly workshops.”
Amelia expressed, “ I learned something new and I am thinking I could sell these bags.”
Lastly, Petronila summarized, “As a teacher I loved that my students easily learned the technique and procedure to make the bag. They all finished it. I like imparting classes and sharing my knowledge. It is the legacy I want to leave.”

Thank you to all the people who help the W/NP Learning Center Project continue, many efforts come together that produce a very significant impact. 

Leonor making her first bag
Leonor making her first bag
Learning new techniques
Learning new techniques
"I feel happy working..."
"I feel happy working..."
Creative ideas among group discussion
Creative ideas among group discussion
The finished products
The finished products

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