How Do Volunteers Accomplish So Much?

International partnerships under Partners of the Americas have achieved amazing results through volunteers.  To find out how that is possible take a look at a new book.  Steve Richard has supplied this short piece on The Power of Partnerships.

The Power of Partnership is the beginning of an ongoing project to document the histories of its chapters, partnerships, and networks. It draws on Partners’ institutional archives and more than 100 interviews with volunteers, staff members, and project participants including some from Kansas in March, 2013. Beyond commemoration, the 50th anniversary of Partners highlights the significance of people-to-people diplomacy in U.S.-Latin American relations. Partners appreciates KPP and the efforts of Merrill and Boots Raber in publishing “A 40-Year History of KS PY Partners” as a leading example. Of course all of this is only possible because of our southern partners at Comite Paraguay Partners.

You can order from under “Publications.” Discount applies for two or more books.






Scholarship Deadline

It is time to remind people that the deadline for the Kansas Paraguay Study Abroad Scholarship is March 1, 2014. Just click on the Scholarship tab at the top of the page for all of the information and the application. Any questions? Write John Poertner at

Gabriel Duarte

Classical Guitarist Gabriel Duarte performed in Lawrence several years ago.  It was a delightful concert.  If you are in the Lawrence area, I urge you to attend.
Celebrated Paraguayan Classical Guitarist to Perform in Lawrence on Friday, 24 January.
Returning again to Lawrence, Gabriel Duarte, will provide a free concert at the Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence at 7:00 pm. on Friday, 24 January. He is a maestro of classical and folkloric Paraguayan guitar and directs a guitar conservatory, sharing his knowledge and skill with students in Encarnacion, Paraguay.  He has performed in Paraguay, Brazil, Argentina, the United States, and he has made numerous radio and television appearances.  He will be joined by Paraguayan guitar prodigy Josecito Alvarenga.  Josecito has performed at festivals all over Paraguay and was even sent by the Paraguayan government to represent Paraguayan culture at music festivals in Europe.
The Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence is located at 1263 N. 1100 Road, about 2-1/2 miles South of the Holiday Inn Express on  South Iowa and 1/3 miles west of 1100 North.  The concert is free and open to the public.  For more information call Graham Kreicker at 785-842-2332.

Paraguayan Landfill Orchestra to Perform in DC

Thanks to the Inter-American Development Bank the celebrated Paraguayan Landfill Orchestra is coming to the Kennedy Center in Washington DC on August 27.  If you are in the area, it is a must see.  Here is the release from BID.,10547.html

Coming Soon – Our History

Merrill and Boots Raber have been working for more than 5 years on capturing the first 40 years of the history of Kansas Paraguay Partners.  I have read a draft and it is a compelling story.  There have been so many Kansans and Paraguayans who have volunteered in a host of important projects.  For a totally volunteer organization with a meager budget but the great support of Partners of the Americas it is amazing what has been accomplished.  Here is a link to a brief video of Merrill talking about the project that was put together by POA.

War of the Triple Alliance

Remember the War of the Triple Alliance?  Maybe not.  It was an awful thing as wars tend to be.  Here is a good history article from the Economist.  Catch up on your Paraguayan history by clicking and reading.

Quarterly Meeting Dec. 8

Join us for our next quarterly meeting on December 8 at Bethel College Mennonite Church in North Newton.  Coffee at 9:00 am.  Hear about President Jay Newton’s recent trip to Paraguay and we might be treated to a mini-piano concert from one of our recent Kansans who performed in Paraguay through a Partners of the Americas Education and Culture travel grant.

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