Sep 4, 2020

Cosmetology classes provide marketable skills

Proud graduate of beauty class
Proud graduate of beauty class

"I am Mileydi, I am 39 years old and a single mother.  In Nov 2019 I participated in the haircut course at Gracias a Dios L.C. I learned a lot of new hair cutting techniques for men and women.  With the new knowledge acquired, they motivated me to be an entrepreneur. For now, I offer my services at home and I have been buying things with lot of sacrifice. Thanks to the support provided through the donation of beauty materials and furniture, I am getting more professional in this field. I have the vision of having my own salon to improve the living conditions of my family.  I want to thank you very much for your donation, items will be very useful to me."

Mileydi is just one student of many in Nicaragua who is experiencing an improved quality of life due to her participation in the Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners Learning Center classes.  Volunteers have sought out and collected in-kind donations or have made financial donations to purchase items in response to a list of priority items needed by the teachers and students. 

Click here  to read a follow up report from Nicaragua how the the items have changed their lives and are being used.  

Click here to see a list of items that are needed, please feel free to designate your donation towards a specific item. 

On behalf of all the students of the Learning Center classes in Nicaragua, thank you for your support and interest to help.  

Starting a business helps feed the family
Starting a business helps feed the family
Students receiving supplies for their business
Students receiving supplies for their business
Beauty classes
Beauty classes
Class materials
Class materials
Fantastic Sams salon items donated for classes
Fantastic Sams salon items donated for classes
May 8, 2020

LEARNING CENTER UPDATE DURING COVID -19

San Juan de oriente
San Juan de oriente

The following information was reported to Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners from the Learning Centers in Nicaragua on their current status in April 2020 during COVID-19.  The women who are coordinating these projects are a true example of persevering in a positive manner amidst very difficult circumstances.  We are all adjusting to some unexpected changes in our life, and the Learning Centers are no exception.

The Zulema Duarte Learning Center in Acoyapa, Chontales is teaching a craft course with a group of 4 students, twice a week for two hours. During the week, a group of 20 students attended, 17 women and 3 men. We’ll be waiting for recommendations from the local MINSA, since many Nicaraguans from Costa Rica are entering, and they asked us to cancel classes for a week until after April 20.   A stark contrast from April 2019:  During this second semester the Training Center “Zulema Duarte” Acoyapa, trained 344 women and men in ages from 6 to 80 years old in the urban and rural areas, offering the following courses: cloth art, decoration of cakes, wrapping or Gift wrapping, wool work, beauty and training in schools and neighborhoods with teenagers.

Gracias a Dios Learning Center in Cedro Galan has closed the center temporarily due to the virus situation until further notice. It was working with basic sewing courses with the participation of 12 women on schedule; Wednesdays from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm and the baking class; Saturday 8:00 am 12:00 with the participation of 10 students.  Chepita is restarting her garden project with medicinal plants, working on nurseries and preparing to plant some vegetables. Hope to God to be able to resume classes once the situation improves.

SMILE Learning Center (Managua) works with children and retired adults. Classes are not in session since March 16 and Yuri reports, "...my sister and I are making facemasks to donate to universities, neighbors and random people who needs them. We give short talks on virus prevention to people (children, poor families and older adults) who are given the masks with soap bars donated from Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners. Due to Covid-19 the center will remain closed to avoid possible spread of the virus. I’ve been working on some nurseries with cactus as well but ants ate them. I will try again using a repellent this time.

Dulce Porvenir Learning Center, Tipitapa, due to a transition process and coronavirus is functioning from home one day a week. The Rainbow team continues to work on bio intensive program harvesting some vegetables, checking out the bee hives and also they’re making aprons and other activities.

Nueva Santa Celia Learning Center in Matagalpa, students are meeting on Fridays making clothes and aprons.

Sagrado Corazón de Jesús,Tipitapa Learning Center. The center is making blouses and working an order of 100 masks. We gave temporary work to 4 people. Classes are suspended since April 3.  We will try to resume classes on the 20th of this month.

At APAN Learning Center we have slowed down our attention, we are putting sanitary measures into practice. Under normal circumstances the center is serving 23 people in the sewing workshop, (5 boys and 17 women), 45 adolescent children and youth in volleyball. The office is open serving the population with an average of 30 visits a day. We are taking advantage of the sewing classes to make masks and train everyone who comes to the center.

Renacer Learning Center, San Juan de Oriente.  We are open with 12 women in sewing, 6 in embroidery 7 in crafts, 4 in pastries and music classes to 12 youth. The learning center counts with 4 volunteers all week for the different activities.

Centro Milagro de Dios Learning Center of Puerto Sandino craft classes are suspended for the time being. Sewing class is being taught for 2 hours three days a week Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  We only have 5 female students.

Sewing for Progress Learning Center of Nueva Guinea started sewing and technology classes mid-February and we stopped classes on March 20 due to the pandemic. We had 10 students. Then we continue for two weeks via online sharing patterns until we finish our first piece. This learning center is trying to resume classes this coming Monday but now we only have 4 participants making it difficult to give financial aid to the sewing teacher. The center has started the construction of a classroom, so space does not become an issue. Any help fundraising would be greatly appreciated.

This is only a sampling of updates, although the activities are certainly altered they are continuing despite the challenging circumstances.  The Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners Learning Centers are very effective and reflect the beauty of Nicaragua, the people have a real strength about them and the Learning Center leaders are a prime example.  Hardships will come and go; and we deal with them will determine the ultimate outcome.

Thank you for your gracious financial support that is helping the Learning Centers to continue. 

Tipitapa Bee keeping projects
Tipitapa Bee keeping projects
Cedro Galan gardening projects
Cedro Galan gardening projects
Making Aprons in Tipitapa
Making Aprons in Tipitapa
SMILE Learning Center
SMILE Learning Center
Learning Centers during CO-VID 19
Learning Centers during CO-VID 19
Jan 9, 2020

Testimonies from the June Lemke Learning Center

Basic Sewing Class
Basic Sewing Class

As 2019 came to a close, students who had participated in the June Lemke Learning Center classes shared the following comments:

Basic Sewing Class:  “We want to thank the supporters for this learning opportunity, it was a new experience, very good and satisfying, we feel we will have more opportunities to get a job in the future. We feel motivated, it filled our expectations. Teacher Petronila is an excellent person, thanks to her patience, will and love we developed skills and abilities that we did not have, she managed to transmit her knowledge with much patience.”  

NOTE: We had students who did not know how to use a sewing machine, or to use scissors to cut and take simple measures, at the end they managed to learn all the basics, it was an excellent course, a very dynamic and practical class.

Advanced Sewing Class:  “We are very grateful, happy and satisfied. We had a very creative and technical course. It was very useful allowing personal development and we learned new techniques. The teacher was a blessing sharing her valuable knowledge, it was a very nice experience to spend time learning with our classmates.”

NOTE:  There are women who took this class who now feel inspired to get ahead, able to make their own garment dress and share the new knowledge acquired. There were other women who were able to strengthen what they already knew.

Sewing Machine Repair Class: “We received a lot of knowledge throughout the course, it was a positive, pleasant experience. We obtained many skills and experiences in which we intend to transmit, share and offer it as a service. We can say that it has been a great learning in a short time, some of us did not know how to use a sewing machine or much less repair them, now we can say that we feel the ability to repair and use them.  Thank you for providing the tools.  We congratulate instructor Nicolás for his teaching system by giving practical and theoretical classes, for his transparency in making his knowledge known and sharing his experience." 

Jelly and Jam Making Class: “All this experience has been something new for many of us, I am excited to know and feel that we were able to capture very well, thanks to teacher Sofía.   She always reminded us that hygiene is very important, I also thank all the people who sponsored and made the courses available to us. Everything has been a great blessing for our homes, today there are many needs in our country and these courses have come at a very good time.  Obtaining this knowledge is to get an opportunity to have a business idea, undertake and form a better future for our family, it is a total wonder to be part of this great family, they have changed our lives, this course completely filled our expectations, we had no knowledge on this subject, excellent methodology and instructor.”

Baking Class: “This experience has motivated us to undertake, our engine of inspiration which is our family. This class helped other women’s self-confidence, they learned to value themselves more. Our own children have supported us by showing joy and admiration for each product we took home.”

NOTE: Some students have already started their own venture, now they are looking forward to a decoration course to refine the presentation of their products. 

 “We are very happy to conclude these courses and to know that we can continue. We learned what fellowship really is in Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners, supporting each other, and as the Wisconsin motto says, together we make a difference.” 

In Summary, the comments illustrate the time, money and effort to provide these classes was a worthy investment. Thank you for your contributions to help the classes continue in 2020. 

Garments made in the Advanced Sewing class
Garments made in the Advanced Sewing class
Sewing Machine Repair Class
Sewing Machine Repair Class
Jam and Jelly Making Class
Jam and Jelly Making Class
Baking Class
Baking Class
Happy students
Happy students

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