Cultivating opportunities for leadership roles and development is an important objective within our youth programs. Below is an update on the most recent activity. The school children who are touched by this youth project will forever be grateful to their Nicaraguan peers who recognized their need to have improved conditions/motivating activities at the school and came up with a plan to meet this need. We appreciate your support as you join in this necessary and worthy endeavor. The title of the youth project, "Giving a Hand to the Education" could not be more appropriate as the creators (Nicaraguan youth) know well the challenges and value in getting a good education. We look forward to welcoming Lilliam, youth project coordinator and stellar volunteer, to Wisconsin as she shares with teens her age what she is doing for others in her country and how volunteerism has become a way of life for her.
“Being a volunteer is a hard job, but it is worthwhile! "Giving a hand to the education " started a few months ago, this is a project in which I work almost every day to keep going by doing collections, raffles and teaching English. Being part of Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners has definitely changed my life, I don’t know if I would be able to do this without them, I have more experience and I feel prepared to take challenges. I have to say that sometimes I´ve felt disappointed, when I fail doing something, when I can´t find people to collaborate or when an activity doesn’t go how I expected. But I´ve never given up and I´ve tried to encourage the Volunteer youth team as much as possible so we can work together and progress in this challenge we´ve taken.
After many efforts, we´ve finally accomplished the first activity for the kids of the school. We took them a piñata full of candies, we gave the kids some cookies and juice and we gave prizes for the best students too. Also we gave t-shirts to the teachers of the school. There was music, the kids were singing, dancing and they were really excited about the activity. When everything finished many kids went to hug us! That was the best part of all, it was so gratifying to receive all those hugs and to see the kids so happy, all the effort we put into this project is worth it.” - Lilliam Perez Managua, Nicaragua
Preparing for the activity at Zoila Aurora
Getting the snacks ready
A great day!
Lilliam with the kids
Harting with the students