First Steps to Cultural Understanding for US Teens

by Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners of the Americas, Inc.
Feb 29, 2012

Teens are stepping up!

"Give a Hand to the Education"
"Give a Hand to the Education"

It is refreshing to see how both the Wisconsin and Nicaraguan teens are stepping up and realizing the potential they have moving projects forward while educating their peers around them.  

  • Nicaraguan Youth ProjectGive a Hand to the Education", delivers school supplies and does TV program
  • Wisconsin Jr. High students collect educational materials for Nicaragua
  • Nicaraguan Youth identify those in need (and do something about it!)  photo below of recipient of medical donation
  • Wisconsin/Nicaragua Student Partners host Nicaraguan visitors at their meeting

Nicaraguan Youth Project – by Lilliam Perez

Hello everybody!!  Today, February 5th,  "Give a Hand to the Education", made its main school supplies and didactic material delivery for kids and teachers at Zoila Aurora school, located in El Viejo, Chinandgea.   Followed by a piñata and some raffles for each classroom.  The activity was a success, the kids received us with a beautiful talent show and we also received welcome words from the teachers and parents. We had the support of the Lions club for the transportation, represented by Alvin Gutie and Martina Porta.  In a personal way, I want to express how gratifying it was to receive a big hug from a kid that remembers me since the first time I went to the school and we organized a piñata for them, it’s been a year since this project started and we´ll keep going!  Contributing with the education of the Nicaraguan kids. :)
The selected phrase for the project is: " we have not born just for us" and as a picture speaks more than a thousand words, I’m going to share some, so you can see how was the activity.

Also in February, Lilliam Perez & Harting Briones  (coordinators of the “Give a Hand to the Education” project) had an  interview on the Nicaraguan TV show "Buenos Dias", Channel 12, in order to show people the amazing job that has been done thanks to the collaboration of many people.

Wisconsin Jr. High students  P.J. Jacobs Junior High School, Stevens Point, Wisconsin 

Educating our children is a challenge no matter where you live, and Wisconsin's partner country, Nicaragua, is no exception. Rural education in Nicaragua is struggling. With a net attendance rate among rural primary school students of 70.5 percent, (statistics from UNICEF), the Nicaraguan education system is vastly different and underserved.  While we can't change the country, we can enhance the experience for many, while educating youths in Wisconsin at the same time.

Project Nicaragua is an effort to help Spanish students from P.J. Jacobs Junior High School make meaningful connections with other cultures. The students collected supplies for schools, lending libraries, hospitals, orphanages, learning centers and special needs centers in Nicaragua. One-hundred-thirteen fleece blankets and 130 puzzles were collected.

The project culminated with a cultural presentation by Linda Weber, Spanish teacher from Appleton and vice president of Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners, and Moises Guillen, Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners coordinator from Managua, Nicaragua. (photos below)  Gabby Strojny, from left, Hanna Rottier, Jenna Plier, Mackenzie Durkee and Andrew Ruzek, students in Pam Murillo and Susan Hamiliton’s Spanish classes at P.J. Jacobs Junior High School, prepare supplies they collected for schools, lending libraries, hospitals, orphanages, learning centers and special needs centers in Nicaragua.

Nicaraguan Youth identify those in need  

“Ligia is the one that received the walker sent from Wisconsin, about 2 months ago, thanks a lot for the donation, she and her family really appreciated it and are very grateful to wnp.  She is from Leon,  has Alzheimer’s disease, she hardly walks, and almost never talks.  She doesn’t have insurance and it’s really hard to help her.  She was a really active person, always working till she got Alzheimer’s, the sickness advanced really fast, she has had it for only two years and it’s in a very advanced stage.”  - Lilliam, 2008 Youth Ambassador

Wisconsin/Nicaragua Student Partners

The Wisconsin/Nicaragua Student Partners group meets every Tuesday after school.  Several of the members have either hosted Nicaraguans or have traveled to Nicaragua themselves.  The group prides itself on welcoming any teens who have an “International” interest and would like to broaden their cultural understanding.   Recently, they hosted two Nicaraguans at their meeting, Moises Guillen and Diddman Jarquin.  

Recipients of school supply donations
Recipients of school supply donations
"Give a Hand to the Education"project coordinators
"Give a Hand to the Education"project coordinators
Giving a hand to the education!
Giving a hand to the education!
Nica Youth identifiy those in need
Nica Youth identifiy those in need
Wis Nic Student Partners host Nica guests
Wis Nic Student Partners host Nica guests



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Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners of the Americas, Inc.

Location: Stevens Point, WI - USA
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Amy Wiza
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Stevens Point, WI United States

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