Jun 18, 2018

People helping people is at the core of what we do

Puerto Cabezas Learning Center class
Puerto Cabezas Learning Center class

We would like to thank everyone who is helping in various ways to support the wide variety of activities taking place within the Learning Center Program. Recently recognized was Doña Angelica, who has been volunteering as a Learning Center coordinator in Nicaragua for over 30 years, offering classes such as sewing, cooking, beauty, embroidery and carpentry to over 2,000 students.  Both the financial and in-kind contributions are how the program is able to grow and continue.

Another great option and example are the volunteers from Fort Atkinson, WI who are helping to purchase cooking and baking supplies that the ladies at the Puerto Cabezas Learning Center need for their baking classes.  By making the purchases in-country, it's helping to support the local economy plus get the items where they are needed most in a more timely manner.

Having volunteers help gather items including tables and chairs that are needed for classes at the Learning Centers in Nicaragua is a huge and important help too. It takes many people working together to make the Learning Center Project possible. 

We recently received this comment from a Wisconsin volunteer who has been involved for eight years with Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners, "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." 

Items purchased in Nicaragua for Puerto Cabezas LC
Items purchased in Nicaragua for Puerto Cabezas LC
Dona Angelica's Learning Center 30+ years ago
Dona Angelica's Learning Center 30+ years ago
Chairs to be sent for Learning Center classes
Chairs to be sent for Learning Center classes
Jael teaching the children
Jael teaching the children
Library children proud of their finished crafts
Library children proud of their finished crafts
Mar 21, 2018

Planning for a fabulous year of learning in 2018!

2018 Learning Center plan
2018 Learning Center plan

The Learning Centers in Nicaragua are off to a great start for 2018.   The first monthly meeting was held in January where the basic rules to open or improve the functioning of a W/NP Learning Centers are explained, such as:   

1) Fill out your form

2) Attend or send a delegate to monthly meetings and trainings

3) Make quarterly reports and deliver it to the office

4) Pay your membership of $5.00 per year.

With the participation of the leaders, the calendar was prepared for the monthly meetings of the whole year for 2018(see photo).  Working together, the classes to be developed were selected for the corresponding meetings and requests for required materials formulated. 

The following evaluation and feedback information was taken into consideration for preparing 2018 activities:

All workshops organized by WNP are important because it strengthens our capabilities, teaches us to optimize the materials that are donated to us. It allows to socialize and exchange experience, to improve our communication and allow us to create self-employment.

All learning activities are very important because we learn many good things to improve our work, get ahead and support the community. We now can develop our own projects.

Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners is the place where we learn new things and share experiences with the leaders. In each meeting we are informed with all the activities that we can develop in our communities.

We have done great activities for our communities, somehow, we have helped them to change their lives, to challenge themselves and the most import thing is to help each other.

Thank you for your interest and continued support, we look forward to sharing regular updates with you during 2018.

Start up of new classes
Start up of new classes
Pinata class
Pinata class
Bag sewing class
Bag sewing class
Cake decorating class
Cake decorating class
Receiving items for Learning Center classes
Receiving items for Learning Center classes
Dec 21, 2017

Feeling beautiful while we learn!

Petronila demonstrating the craft project
Petronila demonstrating the craft project

“Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow's reality"  — Malala Yousafzai

Each monthly Learning Center meeting is special and October was no exception. 29 Learning Centers were represented at the October 28th gathering.  Beauty class Professor María brought her students to the meeting and changed the leaders looks by doing a fantastic job with complimentary manicures, pedicures and hairstyle techniques. “The arrangement of my hair came at the time I needed. I liked it! Thanks to Maria and her students.

The meeting began with a prayer asking God to illuminate understanding and the group sang the mañanitas (Happy Birthday song) for Leonor´s birthday. The handcrafting activity of making ribbon ties was presented by Instructor Petronila.  Information was shared on how to join in the 2017 Bike/Hike on December 16th in Catarina (see photos, as this just happened this past weekend as was scheduled!). Apiculture training was held in Tipitapa, two of the Learning Centers in attendance confirmed the information to be very useful and interesting. 

The Learning Centers in attendance were reminded and encouraged to submit an annual report at year-end. The reports provide needed documentation and help to highlight the activities of the whole Learning Center Program coordinated through Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners. 

The monthly gathering concludes with a time for evaluation and comments from meeting participants:

“New knowledge was giving to us, thanks to donors and the organization.”

“It was simple and practical elaboration. We are able to share this knowledge now with our community.”

“Thank you very much for this activity. We had a very attentive teacher.  We can have better income if want to have our own business.”

“I ended up beautiful, very attentive and professional work was done thanks to Mara Elena. We had haircuts and straighten hair to have beautiful looks. We were provided with brochures about cake decorations for those who need to take a photocopy to teach at the centers.”

“As always I helped in the kitchen area. In addition, I participated in the Beekeeping activities. I congratulated Doña Chepita because we learned to make soap with honey garlic ginger.”

 “We are doing fundraising by selling brochures to learn the pinch with a cost of 10.00 Cordobas   (US$ 0.33). WNP will be benefited with the activity.”

Thank you for your interest and support to the Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners Learning Center program, working together, we make a difference.

Beauty students practicing and providing services
Beauty students practicing and providing services
Craft projects made at the meeting
Craft projects made at the meeting
New style for Ulda
New style for Ulda
Beauty teacher Maria demonstrating techniques
Beauty teacher Maria demonstrating techniques
Dec. 16 Bike Hike event at Catarina
Dec. 16 Bike Hike event at Catarina

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