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$60,000 worth of goods sent to needy in Nicaragua


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 in Nicaragua.

"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 being sent.

"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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