Sep 29, 2015

1st Cooking Lesson for the Sherin Bowen Library

Getting to know teacher Karla
Getting to know teacher Karla

Part of the W/NP Learning Center Program includes a Lending Library Project. Learning Centers are known as places to acquire knowledge, so it only makes sense to include a resource section, otherwise known as a library. Libraries are much more than checking out books, they are also a place to gather with friends, to study, to learn new things, make craft activities and so much more! 

Thanks to a dedicated, volunteer Learning Center teacher, a small cooking group has formed from the children who attend the Sherin Bowen Lending Library. This Global Giving update is about their first baking experience, “How to make Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies” offered by Karla, Learning Center teacher. 

This was the first of several baking classes to be offered for lending library members as a complement of activities to go with literature. A collaboration of sponsors and volunteers came together to make a fun event happen. Special thanks to Petronila and Blanca who helped sew the hats and aprons from donated material for the kids, Jael and Leonor for helping with logistics and of course to Karla for volunteering to teach the class and share her knowledge, making a very memorable experience for the kids who very much enjoyed the class and would like to have other activities.  The total budget was US$23 - thank you to the donors of this project.   Here are some comments from the kids: 
o I am member #48 of the SB library, I am 15 years old and I’d like teacher Karla to continue teaching us baking and thank you to the people that donated the money to make the cookies, they were delicious. 

o I think the baking class was very good, I liked it very much and could learned how to make cookies. I’d like the baking classes to continue with Karla as a teacher. I am member #20. Thank you to the people that donated the fund to make this possible for us.

o I am member #8 of the SB library, I liked the class as much as teacher Karla. The cookies were so so delicious . Thank you for providing the class and hope we have another class like that. I would like the group to have a name and I suggest it be “Karla y sus Niños” or Karla and her children.

o I am member #129, I am 11 years old. I think the class was very good, we could also learn to cook. Today we made oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. I felt cheerful. I would like to class to continue. The instructor is very good and felt good, thanks to Karla for teaching us step by step.

o I liked the class and the instructor Karla for the kind of cookies she taught us. I am member #128 and I am 12 years old. I felt happy and may be for my birthday I’ll make these cookies for my family. I would like to receive another class may be a cake.

o I am a member of the SB library, I am 11 years old. I liked the class and think instructor Karla is a very good teacher. I’d like that we continue having baking classes.

o I liked the class of making cookies with instructor Karla and wish we could have it every day . I liked I am felt happy. I am a member of the library and I am seven years old. Thank you to the people who provided the funds so that we could make these delicious cookies.

o Hello, I am a member of the SB library, member #47 and I am 13 years old. Aug 28 was incredible for the fabulous thing we learned with teacher Karla. Thanks to the providers who facilitate the materials to be able to make the cookies, thank you very much. It was great, we love you much Wisconsin!!

o I am member #171 of the SB library. The class was very interesting and I hope we continue to have more classes because we learned so much.

Thanks for making this possible for the children, as you can read from the comments the class was a real plus for them. As you can see, $23 goes a long way.   Thank you thank you!

Taking notes
Taking notes
Karla's favorite recipe
Karla's favorite recipe
Hands on experience
Hands on experience
Baking the cookies
Baking the cookies
MMM taste testing their product
MMM taste testing their product
May 31, 2015

Decorative (Origami variations) Bag Class

Petronila explains the steps to follow
Petronila explains the steps to follow

Throughout the year, various classes are offered for Learning Center Coordinators and participants.  May 14th, 2015 one of the Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners (W/NP) Learning Center instructors, Petronila, taught a bag making workshop at the W/NP office in Managua.

This workshop has the particularity that the first training was imparted by one of the Wisconsin volunteers that came with the Learning Center Trek earlier this year. The class is being reproduced by leaders that attended the workshop taught by Nancy in February. It is a great idea and the bags can be made in different sizes and with different types of fabric. It can have many uses. All the materials that were used such as printed fabric, solid colors fabric, thread, felt decoration, needles, scissors and paper were donated by the participants.

It was interesting to hear the following comments from class participants: 

While making her first bag, Leonor comments, “ .. the workshop was very motivating; we all could accomplish the final product desired. In my opinion I will practice it in different sizes, which can be useful for birthday parties, purisimas and other events.”

While working, Ana said “I feel Happy, the teacher is excellent, and there is nothing to complain about”
Silvia feels, “the class was great, I like to learn new things and I always participate in the weekly or monthly workshops.”
Amelia expressed, “ I learned something new and I am thinking I could sell these bags.”
Lastly, Petronila summarized, “As a teacher I loved that my students easily learned the technique and procedure to make the bag. They all finished it. I like imparting classes and sharing my knowledge. It is the legacy I want to leave.”

Thank you to all the people who help the W/NP Learning Center Project continue, many efforts come together that produce a very significant impact. 

Leonor making her first bag
Leonor making her first bag
Learning new techniques
Learning new techniques
"I feel happy working..."
"I feel happy working..."
Creative ideas among group discussion
Creative ideas among group discussion
The finished products
The finished products
Mar 26, 2015

2015 Learning Center Trek

Knitting workshop
Knitting workshop

On an annual basis, Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners of the Americas, offers a special travel opportunity (self-funded) to get an up close look at the Learning Center Project. The Learning Center Trek is a great introduction to Nicaragua, and provides a clear understanding of how “working together, does make a difference”. The financial donations and in-kind support from a wide variety of people have significantly helped expand the scope of classes offered through the “Sewing Centers” turned “Learning Centers", so it is only fitting we offer an opportunity to see first-hand the Learning Center Project in action. The self-governed Learning Centers in Nicaragua have become very successful as they address the desire for continued education and learning new skills.

This past February, W/NP volunteers shared workshops at three of the Learning Centers. The following is a post-workshop report written by the women of the Erlinda Lopez Learning Center.  

“For six consecutive years, we have had a pleasant visit from the people of Wisconsin in our learning center "ERLINDA LOPEZ", this visit has been a boom, since in these visits the people of Wisconsin have taught over four hundred women from Managua in different crafts (canvas, jewelry, fashion, bag making, preparation of cases, Christmas ornaments, ribbon work, weaving, glass worketc.) The knowledge shared from each class is making each woman to improve home economy, improve their self-esteem, reproduce knowledge to other women and families, a better personal growth and even to create small businesses.

Also having a first aid course has helped us to prepare for any emergency, we are in a country in permanent emergency because of the floods, tsunamis, earthquakes, landslides, volcanic movements etc, so then to train women in first aids is more than important so that they can save lives, preserve lives, All this learning experience gives greater value to teaching received.

On Feb 26 and 27, we felt deeply grateful and blessed with the presence of the friends from Wisconsin. I’d like to point out the glass recycling class received on the 26th, we felt it was spectacular and now women are giving use to glass bottles before they throw them away, incomes are being generated for sustainability of the families. This gives us satisfaction as we are generating capacities in women who help their financial situations and personal growthAt the center Erlinda Lopez we work with 55 women but had a total of 113. That means 58 women were from other learning centers (participated).  They all had the joy to participate in all the different classes taught.”

Reviews of learning at Erlinda Lopez Learning Center

  • We appreciate your time and dedication
  • We are happy that you visit us every year but we‘d like it to be twice a year
  • Thank you for teaching because it also teaches us to work
  • We are happy that you come and teach us crafts so that it helps support the household economy
  • Your visit is important for exchange and learning experience
  • Thank you, your visit lifts our self-esteem and teaches us to develop skills
  • Thank you for teaching us and share your time
  • Knowledge makes us free and independent economically
  • With the learning, we can teach other women and involve their families
  • Thanks for the eyeglasses
  • We hope you come back soon with volunteers so that we can continue to learn
  • Thanks friend from Wisconsin for thinking and supporting women in Nicaragua
  • Thanks for being a humanist, for teaching us to be better

Finally, the collective group of women would like to thank all volunteers from Wisconsin, towns, women, youth, third age people, housewives and children, -- we have hopes, dreams, goals, and together we can build a better world of entrepreneurs and peace.

By:  WOMEN COLLECTIVE CASA ERLINDA LOPEZ

 

Eyeglass distribution
Eyeglass distribution
Making pillow cases
Making pillow cases
Sharing post-workshop thoughts
Sharing post-workshop thoughts
Yoga workshop
Yoga workshop
Sewing tote bags
Sewing tote bags
 
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