July 2013 
Wisconsin Swings for Nicaragua!
This annual event takes place at Winagamie Golf Course, southwest of Appleton, on the last Wednesday of every July.    There is still time to sign up  
For information contact Judy Miller at jmi54911@aol.com Judy
Hope to see you next Wednesday, July 31st!!
Wisconsin National Guard visit to Managua Office 

Institutional linkages and affiliations are critical assets to Partnership activities. W/NP has enjoyed a mutually beneficial fluid relationship with the Wisconsin National Guard for many years, and more recently with the WNG State Partnership program.  
 In late June of this year, the Managua office hosted five WI National Guard members.   The purpose of the visit, coordinated by Kathrine (Katie) Berberich, US Army Bilateral Affairs Officer, was to learn more about the projects of W/NP in Nicaragua.  Katie understands the value of collaboration and commented, "I just can't stop thinking about how little things make a big difference.  I am from Wisconsin and it is within my reach to do something small to make a big difference."  We very much appreciate their interest and especially taking time to visit and learn about the many W/NP projects that produce significant impacts as a result of volunteers from WI and Nicaragua working together.  
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Learning Center Activities
 (Please note, click on LC name in blue to see site reports & photos)
Special thanks for donations of books, games and craft materials for the lending libraries, they are very much appreciated by the coordinators and children. 

Buenos Aires Learning Center

The children meet on Mondays, 2 -4 pm and divide the time reading, drawing or making ornaments with colorful leaves, and learning to knit.


The site visit to the Casa de la Mujer Zulema Duarte Learning Center (LC) on June 14, 2013 included attending the Graduation Ceremony for 53 students; 17 in Bakery, 18 in Cooking and 18 in Sewing.  Course requirements for graduation include 120 class hours for Bakery and Cooking and 160 class hours for Sewing.
Fatima Cordoba, LC coordinator, arranged with the technical school institution (INATEC) to provide an official certificate to the students so they can apply for work and have a certificate when required.



APAN Learning Center


APAN's Learning Center carries out many programs for the community, and although three years ago it was thought that funds would no longer be available for the center, APAN has remained strong and continues to support the community it is apart of. Commitment to children is the motivation for Ronald Mendieta, APAN Director and Janina Perez, Learning Center Coordinator and sewing teacher. They continue to support children and youth through their programs. In November last year APAN celebrated their first graduation ceremony and in June this year they held a second graduation ceremony


This past June 19th was the bakery graduation for APAN, and as part of the celebration W/NP sent volunteers Sandra Boniche, Guadalupe Nunez, and Israel Delgado to fix 20 sewing machines and donate two additional sewing machines and one mixer for the bakery class. These new additions will help the Learning Center grow and prosper for years to come


Descriptions of graduations, courses, and classes activities for 2013:

Bakery course graduation date June 19th: 21 graduatedStudents

Sewing course graduation date June 22nd: 16 graduated Students

Beauty Stylist course graduation date July 16rd: 19 graduated Students

Tailoring course Saturdays August/November full day class: 25 Students

Electrical course equipment repair (irons, fans, blenders, etc) August/November 3 days a week: 20 Students

Gardening course Saturday July/September full days: 20 Students

Classes from March to November:

Beauty:  13 Students, Drawing and Painting: 12 Students, Sewing: 12 Students, English: 10 Students, Dance: 16 Students

Total Students in 2013: 184 

Therapy Dressing Project Update 
A note of gratitude to Dr. Leandro Perez and the Learning Center Project volunteers, "Working Together , We Make a Difference"
Identifying the need
Developing a plan of action
Utilizing all available resources 
If you would like to join in to help cover the costs of the 98 yards of fabric recently purchased for this project through Gottfried Medical, Please Click here . With the order, the company generously donated the much needed supplies of elastic, zippers, yarn and thread.
Thanks much for your interest and support !  
Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners of the Americas, Inc.   
Room 129 Nelson Hall, UWSP
1209 Fremont Street
Stevens Point, WI  54481
715-346-4702   wnp@uwsp.edu