A local program is sending more than
25,000 pounds of materials to a country in need. It's part of the Wisconsin and
Nicaragua Partners of the Americas initiative.
The non-profit group Partners of the
Americas teams states up with countries in Central and South America.
Wisconsin works with Nicaragua to help
those in need.
Medical supplies, fire department equipment
and everything in between is being loaded up.
"No longer really have a lot of
function here," Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners of the Americas president Brad
Martin said. "Would go to waste in our landfills," he continued.
It's all being shipped off to
Nicaragua from the organization's Wisconsin headquarters in Stevens Point.
"Will be used for years and years down
there," Martin said.
"Basically anything that we have
access to in Wisconsin that is still in good condition, that we know can be
used in another country," Program Director Amy Wiza said.
In less than two weeks, it will all be
"It improves their quality of life,
improve their business, a new skill, a new hobby," Wiza said.
Organization leaders say the number of
people helped isn't so easily measured.
"When you impact a woman that can
affect her whole family and her extended family," Wiza said.
More than $60,000 worth of goods are
"I've seen what happens on the other
end," Wiza said.
And that's why program director Amy
Wiza says it's all worth it.
"I see how a small box of material can
help a woman to improve her skills and her economic situation," Wiza said.
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