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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Sep 20, 2017

Sewing Machines are vital resources

Diddman fixing sewing machines
Diddman fixing sewing machines

From 1996 – present, 2,974 sewing machines have been sent from Wisconsin to Nicaragua.    These sewing machines are distributed to over 50 Learning Centers currently offering classes in Nicaragua.   

 "There are a number of difficulties impeding women from finding this work, but a lack of training is a pretty big one. That is where W/NP comes in with over 50 Learning Centers around Nicaragua where women teach other women how to sew, embroider, make jewelry, decorate cakes, make piñatas, and much more. W/NP provides sewing machines and some materials and then knowledgeable teachers volunteer their time to teach other women. Although I have only been here a short time I have already heard from a number of women about how much they depend on the skills they've learned in the Learning Centers and how much those skills have helped them to provide for themselves and their families."

For 35 years, Angelica has been the coordinator of the Los Cedros Learning Center, the first (sewing) center established in W/NP Learning Center network.  From 1982 - present, Los Cedros has hosted 1,844 students so far.  This has happened as volunteers help promote various programs that are being carried out in Nicaragua, such as the donation of a sewing machine, fabric or financial donations to purchase items in country.  

“Can you believe that I was involved with the first foot pedal sewing machines and was in Angelica's garage in the late 80s when Ellen and Janet started the project? What great memories, A legacy to the WNP.” Barbara, August 2017

Special thanks to all who continue to support this life changing project.

Distribution of sewing materials
Distribution of sewing materials
Picking up Learning Center supplies in Managua
Picking up Learning Center supplies in Managua
Sewing class at the Learning Center
Sewing class at the Learning Center
Distribution to Learning Centers
Distribution to Learning Centers
Sewing machines in use
Sewing machines in use
 
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