Apr 29, 2016

Llano Largo, off to an inspiring start!

Delivering Learning Center supplies
Delivering Learning Center supplies

We are excited to share an update from Mirna and Leonor on the activity taking place at Llano Largo, the newest Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners Learning Center in the northern part of Nicaragua. Many years ago the Learning Center project started as “Sewing Centers”, due to the strong desire among the women to learn useful and marketable skills.  Today, although other classes are offered, the sewing class remains the most popular and useful.  The financial and in-kind donations help to provide much needed materials for these classes.  The following is a description of a recent delivery of supplies to the Learning Center, including a brand new treadle sewing machine made possible by the Star Point Quilters Guild donation.

Upon arriving with the Learning Center supplies, we found the group of charming ladies sewing, some were making night gowns, aprons and others were making blouses (see picture of them wearing the blouses). We told them we had a brand new treadle machine, some sewing fabric, spools of threads, zippers, upholstery material for making bags and school supplies packages for the children of the community.  They were really happy to hear that. They certainly are a group of enthusiastic ladies with lots of interest to learn. It really caught my attention that no one left until they were all done with their class and clean up the porch of the building.

We are happy to be able to help the community; they are very nice ladies to work with. We are glad you identified this community and told us. Llano Largo was left with 14 sewing machines in total, only one or two were left that don’t work. Juan took notes of some parts needed for the repair. Please show the photo to the ladies who collected the funds to buy the five treadle machines for the Learning Centers.

Besides all the sewing supplies, the ladies at the Managua office helped put together 62 school packages (see blue zip lock bags on the picture) to take there for the children. We received a request for sports equipment and we’ll be more than happy to help the men as well. We’ll wait until all the sports equipment shows up while unpacking and will figure out a way to get it there. We’ll also be sending them more fabric and other supplies to work with.  

During our visit, we introduced craft ideas explaining how to start making a simple bag; we provided training on how to make handbags. The teacher has 15 participants and is teaching directly on fabric (some use paper first) by which all students are well interested and willing to learn.  Also initiated was a project to make the first 10 school uniforms for the poorest children of the community from fabric purchased with your money.  We are thinking how to find more help to make more school uniforms. The ladies belong to a cooperative and know how to be organized.  In the future as they work on planting onions, tomatoes and others vegetables, they can make projects with pickled onion or tomato sauce like Salsa in jars vacuum packaged, for now it is just an idea, but dreaming is true. When people are enterprising you can do many things…..

Thank you to all who are helping to make this program possible. The women need sewing machines, especially newer models with more features in order to make items that can compete in the markets.  Pedal sewing machines are always needed for communities where electricity is not available for them.  Also we are in need of resources to visit the centers. 

It was a great visit and we are so glad we went to meet the wonderful and humble ladies of Llano Largo!

Sewing Class in action
Sewing Class in action
Proud seamstresses and their projects
Proud seamstresses and their projects
Sewing machines are so much appreciated!
Sewing machines are so much appreciated!
New treadle machine for the Learning Center!
New treadle machine for the Learning Center!
Receiving the educational supplies for community
Receiving the educational supplies for community
Feb 9, 2016

Working together and united

Gathering as a group
Gathering as a group

The objective of the Learning Center Program within Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners is to provide and promote opportunities to develop skills that will improve vocational options, income, self-sufficiency and empowerment for people living throughout Nicaragua. 

Each month the project leaders and students meet to share new ideas, challenge one another, announce upcoming events/oppportunties and most of all experience the common bond of working together, it's possible to make a difference! 

Comments from the participants and the meeting facilitator’s summary help bring a heightened understanding to all the many people who have a part in helping this much needed Learning Center Project continue to thrive!

“Each leader was presented thanking to Wisconsin volunteers as well as putting their services to order. Similarly they expressed that all knowledge acquired throughout the workshops have led them to an improvement in their economies in their homes many of them are women entrepreneurs, willing to work hard and with enthusiasm, as well as continue filling themselves of knowledge in crafts also they disclosed that they like the human warmth that there is in this organization and solidarity which the work was done.”

In addition, they were highlighting the volunteer work at every level, trimestral reports were awarded for attendance and fulfillment. Another outstanding and remarkable comment was about how these projects have helped them to improve not just their economies in their homes but the partnership, leadership and moral values among them which were developed throughout the training-workshop to achieve their goals.

  • Chepita from Community Cedro Galan, In the Library I am in charge of, more than 50 children are attended to with support from teachers with over 15 years of being with the Organization Wisconsin/Nicaragua.
  • Gloria from Managua, I work with children with HIV, crafts, florist, candles and foamy; appreciates the personal, emotional and vocational skills that are taught by WNP.
  • Miriam, I thank and request the opening of a new Learning Center where she taught classes in conjunction with other ladies.
  • Lopez. I am very happy with WNP for human and social support to women and men looking for a source of income to lead a quiet life meaning.
  • Recognition gifts are deliveredin compliance attendance at meetings and delivery of complete reports with photos and videos in a timely manner.

Conclusion.

“The last meeting of the year of Learning Centers has been more than relevant, women have a strong commitment to teach others to get changes in their lives, such as high self-esteem, undertake a small business; exchanging of various knowledge, improve economic level, leadership in their community and a strong family unit; all these goals are achievable by working together and united in just one beating heart towards into a common goal.” - Leonor

Full report and more photos are available on the W/NP Website: www.wisnic.org

Learning Center Coordinators
Learning Center Coordinators
Receiving blankets of love
Receiving blankets of love
Gift exchange
Gift exchange
Singing Happy Birthday to Dona Fanny
Singing Happy Birthday to Dona Fanny
Great attendance!
Great attendance!

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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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