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Wisconsin/Nicaragua Health Projects Partnership


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Wisconsin/Nicaragua Health Projects Partnership

  1. 1. What is Partners of the Americas Where does Wisconsin fit in? What do WNP volunteers do? Health/Medical Projects
  2. 2. Where did Partners of the Americas originate? 1955 President Eisenhower was interested in exploring possibilities developing closer ties between the Central and South American countries and the United States. 1962 President John F. Kennedy launches the Alliance for Progress (a program of governmental cooperation in the Western Hemisphere ) 1964 Partners of the Americas was founded as the people-to-people component of the Alliance for Progress. . 1965 The Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partnership is incorporated and receives the 501 (c) status as a non-profit, non-governmental agency
  3. 3. . . . . build unique bilateral partnerships between sections of the U.S. and sections of Latin America and the Caribbean. Through these partnerships, volunteers on both sides would work together on self-help projects in community and economic development, while fostering inter-American friendship and understanding.
  4. 4. In 1965 . . birth of the private sector organization Why Wisconsin and Nicaragua?? COMMONALITIES • economies heavily dependent on agricultural production • each takes in approximately 57,000 sq. miles. • Extensive stretches of coastline and large inland lake • valuable forest areas Working together . . . We make a difference!
  5. 5. Mission Statement: Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners of the Americas is a not-for-profit, non-political organization working to enhance quality of life in both Wisconsin and Nicaragua, by people-to-people programs promoting cultural awareness and sustainable community development Volunteers throughout Wisconsin are involved at all levels –Partner City groups along with civic, church, youth, and community service groups.
  6. 6. Program Focus . . . . AGRICULTURE/ NATURAL RESOURCES WOMEN & FAMILIES Learning Centers Chica Nica Doll Dresses Vocational Training Community Education Lending Libraries Workshop Tours Micro-lending Educational Scholarships Farmer to Farmer Quality Milk Production Cheese Making Exchanges Poultry Project Small Kitchen Gardens HEALTH CULTURAL DIVERSITY Photo Exhibits Travel Tours Arts & Crafts Sales Cultural Festivals Coffee Sales Partner City Activity Vitamin A Maternal & Child Health Eye Glass Missions Sunglasses Project Community Water Projects Student Medical Travel Professional Medical Exchanges Therapy Dressing Project HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE Fire Truck Shipments Disaster Relief Shipping Projects Medical/Hospital support YOUTH Scholarships Youth Projects Backpack Project Book collections for library Youth Exchanges Working together, we make a difference
  7. 7. Partners believes citizen participation is essential to a strong and healthy community
  8. 8. Health & Humanitarian Assistance Nicaragua is a country that is faced with earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, tidal waves as well as challenges of a man made origin Wisconsin has always responded generously and with care. Working Together, We make a difference
  9. 9. A unique project called “Firefighters United” has brought together Wisconsin and Nicaraguan firefighters. W/NP began to ship fire trucks and ambulances to Nicaragua in 2000, and soon firefighters in both countries began to join in the activities. An average of three or more emergency vehicles are shipped each year, as well as firefighter coats, boots, helmets, air packs, hoses and other necessary equipment. 27 fire trucks (6 more waiting to be shipped) and 15 ambulances with a value of more than $1,000,000 have been shipped. This program would not be possible without the Denton Program which allows the vehicles to be shipped on Air Force cargo planes. Thanks to Dr. Brad Martin, the W/NP program is immensely successful.
  10. 10. Getting donations to Nicaragua takes Collaboration . . . . U.S. Dept of Defense Humanitarian Assistance W/NP Hospitals, Fire Depts, Schools
  11. 11. W/NP Warehouse in Stevens Point 2139 N. 2nd Drive Volunteers - Bob Moodie Trucking, WI Nat’l Guard, Wisconsin Truck Lift
  12. 12. It takes a team effort Getting donations from Wisconsin to Nicaragua…..a challenging but NOT impossible task!
  13. 13. 3rd Thursday of the month W/NP Warehouse Packing Days Volunteers come to pack, sort donations, wash Fire Trucks/Ambulances (6 awaiting departure)
  14. 14. Ambulance from Stevens Point arriving. Note: aircraft had mechanical problem, crew asked to use fire truck to get to engine, as nothing available at the airport in Managua)
  15. 15. Humanitarian Assistance EMS W/NP W/NP has sent 27+ fire trucks and 14 ambulances to Nicaragua over the past 12 years. When they arrive they become properly of the Direcion General de Bomerbos de Nicaragua or the Asociacion Civil Cuerpo de Bomberos Voluntarios de Nicaragua. U.S. DoD
  16. 16. Some vehicles are purchased by individuals, others gather a group of friends and pool their money, others are donated
  17. 17. 2012 shipments arriving to Managua from St. Anna Fire Dept. & Columbus WI
  18. 18. Share your knowledge – give yourself or someone else an experience of a lifetime!
  19. 19. Opportunity knocks: GO TO NICARAGUA , MEET NEW FRIENDS, SHARE YOUR EXPERTISE Las Colinas Fire Dept.
  20. 20. Western Wisconsin Technical College truck in Managua
  21. 21. Nindiri Volunteer Fire Department – operates out of Jose’s home. His bedroom houses the 4-6 volunteers on 24 hour shifts
  22. 22. Typical scenes in the public hospitals
  23. 23. Lenin Fonseca Hospital National Adult Trauma Center National Adult Burn Center _________________________ ______ Velez Pais Hospital National Pediatric Hospital and Pediatric Burn Center
  24. 24. Opportunity knocks: take the challenge, go share your knowledge & make new friends!
  25. 25. Above: Rothschild turn out gear…. Left: Clintonville airport beacon now at the pier on Lake Managua! Opportunity knocks: Be on the look out for items still in good use to share with EMS, Firefighters and the medical communities in Nicaragua
  26. 26. Picking up donations at W/NP Managua office from Wisconsin Fire Departments
  27. 27. Customs to the W/NP office in Managua to the hospitals and fire departments…..
  28. 28. For y ear s, Sher i n i dent i f i ed r em odel i ng needs at t he M anagua of f i c e. M ni ng of or th M ch 16 2009 she dr ew t he pl an t o t he ar l ef t , l at er i n t he af t er noon she f el l next door t o t he of f i ce whi l e vi ewi ng t he adj acent pr oper t y as poss i bl e opt i on. She di ed of a head i nj ur y – her m or i al f und r em em odel ed t he of f i ce accor di ng t o her pl an.
  29. 29. Sherin Bowen’s memorial fund put into action just the way she would have wanted
  30. 30. Before and after……
  31. 31. Managua Office dedication
  32. 32. The Burn Therapy Dressing Project is a social health program working in collaboration with the Lenin Fonseca and Velez Paiz Childrens Hospital that benefits people who lack resources from rural areas in Nicaragua. W/NP Learning Center ladies make the therapy dressing for patients recovering from burn treatments or plastic surgeries.
  33. 33. Current Status of Burn Patients in Nicaragua Burn patients from different parts of the country need to be transferred to the Managua hospitals. The two public hospital options where burn units are available are: Fernando Velez Paiz childrens hospital and Antonio Lennin Foseca general hospital. Currently, the public hospitals are not able to provide appropriate burn therapy dressings for the burn patients. The patients are referred by their doctor to the W/NP office on Tuesday and Saturday’s where the Learning Center volunteers make the burn dressings.
  34. 34. Carlos and Rafael are brothers who work in a sugarcane field in their hometown. Last December 23, there was a big fire in the field while they were working. Both brothers were trapped in the flames, unable to escape. Ninety percent of their skin was burned off due to this fire, and they had nowhere to turn for help. Five months after this devastating accident happened, Doctor Leandro Perez sent them to the Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partner’s office to receive therapy dressings. Carlos and Rafael received gloves, sleeves, vests and pant dressing pieces. These brothers’ continuous persistence inspired everyone around them. Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners enjoyed their jokes and encouraging dispositions in the midst of such tough hardship and misfortune. German, who happened to be receiving his hand dressing the same time as Carlos and Rafael, heard first hand from these two gentlemen how much quicker his burn would heal from the therapy dressings.
  35. 35. Therapy Dressing Project
  36. 36. Carlos, 17, was hit by an electrical cable of 13,000 watts while he was walking on the roof of his house, his left arm, chest and legs were burned. “Included in this report, is the acknowledgment and appreciation of Lynda Pracht’s efforts with the Chica Nica Project. The advanced sewing skills acquired through sewing the Chica Nica doll dresses have contributed to the quality construction of burn dressing garments. The Chica Nica project has 35 members from different Learning Centers and four ladies from Chica Nica are part of therapy dressing project staff. Quality control workshops provided by Lynda Pracht for 14 years have given the women opportunity to put into practice these past four months how to make masks, gloves, pants, shirts, sleeves, foot and ankle leggings, and different parts of the body garments that burn patients need to wear after the initial treatment and during the healing process”
  37. 37. Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners Therapy Dressing Project Update In 4 months, since the project started, the volunteer staff in coordination with Doctor Leandro has provided services to 51 people. 200 garments have made and every patient is a challenge as some need more than one garment and some of their affected areas are difficult to fit. The process to fit and make the garments can take up to 2 hours or more if needed. Opportunity knocks: make a financial donation at to help buy materials Gerardo, 22, has a broken arm and 46 % of his body has third degree burns.
  38. 38. Visiting our Partner Country - Nicaragua
  39. 39. Traveling in Nicaragua……
  40. 40. Exploring family businesses
  41. 41. Nicaragua has simply delicious food of all types!
  42. 42. “It is also in our interest to help a neighbor in need. It renews our soul. It lifts our collective spirit. I believe to whom much is given, much is required. We’ve been given a lot as a nation, and therefore, I believe we’re required to help – help people realize their potential.” President Bush, July 9, 2007
  43. 43. What can you do? Become a member of W/NP Share your knowledge with a training workshop – either you go there or bring some Nicaraguan firefighters here. Learn about our Partner Country, its people and its culture Gather medical and EMS supplies Buy and ambulance or fire truck Involve your local hospital, get a contact and pick up excess supplies as they are available Organize a local Partner City chapter Donate money Working together, we make a difference
  44. 44. Room 129 Nelson Hall, UWSP Stevens Point, WI 54481 715-346-4702