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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

You Said It! Partners Named Top-Rated 2014 Nonprofit

GreatNonprofits.org Award is based on Positive Online Reviews
Partners is pleased to announce we've been honored with a prestigious 2014 top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations. Under 1% of nonprofits nation-wide have achieved Top-Rated status.
"It’s an honor to be named a Top-Rated 2014 Nonprofit," said Steve Vetter, Partners' President & CEO. "Partners’ work connecting people through partnerships, programs and development projects is first-class and this award will only help to raise our visibility and propel our 50-year legacy forward. The large number of positive reviews Partners received from volunteers, donors, interns, beneficiaries and experts demonstrates our tremendous impact on individuals and communities across the Americas. In addition to Partners receiving the highest BBB accreditation and GuideStar Gold-Level exchange, our board and staff take special pride in this new prestigious award from GreatNonprofits."
While the Top-Rated Awards run through the end of October, Partners was part of the inaugural group to qualify for the year. In addition, we’ll been added to GreatNonprofits #GivingTuesday Guide—an interactive guide to top nonprofits throughout the years. Look for this near the holidays.
"Savvy donors want to see the impact of their donations more than ever," said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, "People with direct experience with Partners of the Americas have voted that the organization is making a real difference.
Read the reviews that won Partners this recognition, and be sure to add your own!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Únete a los Youth Colombian Leaders en la 3ª Convención Nacional de Líderes Voluntarios y Ex Becarios

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Únete a los Youth Colombian Leaders en la 3ª Convención Nacional de Líderes Voluntarios y Ex Becarios – Barranquilla, Colombia el 15 a 17 de agosto de 2014!  
Tras participar en el Programa de Jóvenes Embajadores (JE) implementado por Partners of the Americas y patrocinado por el Departamento de Estado de Estados Unidos, algunos volvieron a Colombia con deseos de promover el liderazgo y el servicio voluntario en sus comunidades. Con el apoyo de otros jóvenes, mentores participantes de JE y los capítulos locales Partners en Colombia, estos jóvenes formalizaron una red nacional denominada Youth Colombian Leaders o Jóvenes Líderes Colombianos (YCL, por sus siglas en inglés) que actualmente impulsa poner en práctica proyectos de servicio y proporciona capacitación para jóvenes sobre la prevención de desastres, la participación ciudadana, prevención de abuso de drogas y el alcohol, el compromiso cívico y la democracia para que estos jóvenes a su vez diseminen este conocimiento en sus comunidades. Este año la Embajada de EE.UU. en Bogotá seleccionó a YCL para organizar la 3ª Convención Nacional de Líderes Voluntarios y Ex Becarios en Barranquilla, Colombia. La temática que se abordará en este evento es el Emprendimiento Social Juvenil. En los últimos dos años, la Embajada de EE.UU. en Bogotá seleccionó al YCL para también ejecutar la primera y segunda convención nacional. 

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners Provides Support for Burn Victims in Nicaragua

On May 11, a devastating gas tank explosion at a dental clinic in Nicaragua left over 20 people with life-threatening burns, several of whom subsequently died. Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners (W/NP) responded to a request from the local surgeon to extend their burn therapy project, a project that supports burn victims with custom-made garments, to the surviving patients. On July 12, ten patients traveled 11 hours to the W/NP office in Managua, where Therapy Dressing volunteer staff spent the day measuring and making custom fit garments that will aid in the burn victims' healing process.
Photo Credit: Melvin Vargas / END

The garments are sewn by Nicaraguan volunteers who have been part of the W/NP Learning Center and Chica Nica sewing programs and classes. The sewing skills obtained through the Learning Centers have given the Nicaraguan women and men an exceptional opportunity to come to the aid of burn victims in a very special way, improving their physical and emotional conditions. Since April 2013, the volunteers have provided the service to 185 patients, and have custom made 594 garments including, masks, gloves, tights, arm and leg sleeves, and unique pieces for different areas of the body that have suffered burns. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Can a Rabbit Change Your Life?

In the town of Grand Boulage in the mountains of Haiti, Madame Andremene Solomon is the primary caregiver for her entire family. Her husband has a physical disability, and she earns the bulk of the income that supports their family of six. A few years ago, food security was a faraway goal for Andremene. She struggled to feed her family and could not afford to send her children to school. She is one of thousands of Haitians faced with food insecurity.
Andremene transporting some of her rabbits
In Latin America and the Caribbean as a whole, although the average standard of living has increased in recent decades, income inequality remains widespread. Impoverished people, particularly in rural areas, still face many barriers to achieving food security, which is defined as having access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life. Food insecurity is particularly a concern for low-income countries where Partners works, such as Haiti, which is ranked the poorest in the Western Hemisphere. Partners’ Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program is playing a significant role in tackling some of these issues. Andremene started receiving training and assistance from F2F and local partner Makouti Agro Enterprise in 2007 as part of the rabbit production project in her town. She steadily grew her production and started increasing her income by selling rabbits to her neighbors and friends. 

In 2010, Andremene experienced a significant setback when she lost 83 rabbit offspring to what was later determined to be an unbalanced diet. She did not let this deter her though. F2F volunteers determined the source of the problem and adjusted the diets of her young rabbits to include avocados and other foods high in energy and protein. Andremene and other rabbit producers in Grand Boulage also received F2F training in record keeping. They now use record books to track their rabbits’ breeding, fertility and mortality rates, and other information vital to maintaining healthy animals and producing the best offspring.