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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Oct 14, 2019

What's been happening in Esteli, Nicaragua

Youth actively involved with sustainability
Youth actively involved with sustainability

We would like to share with you the creative activities the COLIBRÍ Learning Center has been up to this month.  As a recently formed W/NP Learning Center we are so excited to see the results of their networking and community involvement.  The beauty of the Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners is that by working together, we can make a difference, and this Learning Center is no exception.

The weekend of October 6th, the COLIBRÍ group in Estelí, Nicaragua had a festival complete with delicious food and beautiful handcrafts to help raise money to fund their projects and on-going expenses, but more importantly as noted by Maria, founder and coordinator, “to develop self-confidence, respect for each other, team work and practical skills.” 

Maria further explains, “The funds raised have already helped to improve the entire electrical system of the kitchen and install a new tap to guarantee water and keep everything clean.  This has only been possible thanks to the funds raised at the Colibri fair held on Sunday.  Step by step we will go achieving goals that will make our community space beautiful.  God bless all the people who support us, our students and the women of the COLIBRÍ Learning Center who will start receiving their cooking classes very soon.  On behalf of the Estelí Colibri Initiative Nicaragua, we wish to thank from the heart the great effort made by mothers/fathers, teachers, our beloved students who were in charge of sales, women of the COLIBRÍ Learning Center, and on behalf of the coordination of this project and all the support groups say "THANKS" because once again we show that unity is strength.  We do not want to stop thanking our dear and loyal friendships for their unconditional support.  We leave you with these beautiful images of the environment that was lived today in the Hummingbird Initiative

Collaboration, excellent leadership and fundraising are just a few of the characteristics that are apparent with successful Learning Centers.  We are grateful to people who desire to come together for the good of others.  The programs offered at the COLIBRÍ Learning Center are growing due to their positive effect on the youth and families in Estelí.  Please join with us by making a financial donation that will help make possible the needed improvements to the building, including a small addition.  Construction is proposed to begin this November 2019, so your support will have immediate results.  Investing in providing educational opportunities is a win/win for all involved that will have long lasting impacts.

Thank you for your continued interest and support – working together, we make a difference.

Getting the word out for the fair!
Getting the word out for the fair!
Learning Center students helping with the fair
Learning Center students helping with the fair
Tacos! YUM!!
Tacos! YUM!!
Preparing the signs for the fair and activities
Preparing the signs for the fair and activities
Starting the updates with funds raised!
Starting the updates with funds raised!

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Jul 10, 2019

Project of English Courses for Children

English class
English class

We would like to highlight one of the women (Yuri) who has attended the June Lemke Learning Center for eight years. She is so thankful for the Nicaraguan volunteers that she has met during her time at the Learning Center, they helped her get ahead and learn basic skills to improve the economy of her home. While at the Learning Center, Yuri made crafts to sell and obtained an income. She and other women are so thankful for Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners as it has become a pillar in their homes.

In her own community, San Isidro de la Cruz Verde, there is a lack of Learning Centers/places to motivate the youth. She wants to help young people and women learn skills that will help them be self-sufficient economically.  This was the main reason why while still attending classes with the June Lemke Learning Center, she is starting crafts and English courses with children in her local community. In addition, they are trying to integrate adults, housewives, single moms, and people who did not finish high school, along with anyone who is willing to learn new trades to better their lives.W/NP has donated many items to improve the quality of their Learning Center, with a more comfortable environment, the children are motivated to put in effort on their English education and create more crafts. Since bettering their Learning Center, they have integrated eight more children, with a total of twenty.

The project first consists of transmitting the knowledge in diverse crafts and then give talks of motivation, self-esteem, entrepreneurship and bullying. They want to formally register as a Learning Center with Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners because their support is vital when it comes to helping others. You can help make this happen and Yuri would be forever thankful for your contribution. If you would like more information about the project, call the W/NP office at 715-346-4702 or email wnp@uwsp.edu 

Lifting Up Through Learning helps others help themselves.  Thank you! 

Donations from Wisconsin
Donations from Wisconsin
More donations
More donations
 
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