Posted on February 17, 2015 by jpoertner
Last night the University of West Virginia beat the University of Kansas in men’s basketball. As a KU fan I was disappointed. However Paraguayan Ambassador to the United States Igor Pangrazio (a KU graduate) was also visiting UWV and had a better outcome. He was promoting studying in Paraguay and supporting President Obama’s 100,000 Strong in the Americas program that Partners of the Americas is promoting. The program seeks to have 100,000 students from the north to study in the south and visa versa. Here is an article from the UWV student paper about the Ambassador’s visit.
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Posted on February 3, 2015 by jpoertner
Paraguay is making news again with Stevia the sweet plant that goes so well with Terere. Now Japan is buying the entire crop. I I bet that there will still be plenty of plants around the patio to satisfy the locals.
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Posted on January 22, 2015 by jpoertner
This is one of those why didn’t I think of that. It is the story of James May who was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay when he was introduced to Stevia. That natural sweetener used in Terere and Cocido. Take a look.
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Posted on January 9, 2015 by jpoertner
This short video is from Partners of the Americas. Steve is welcoming Ambassador Pangrazio to Washington as he starts his post as the Paraguayan Ambassador to the United States. Igor is a graduate of the University of Kansas.
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Posted on January 6, 2015 by jpoertner
Here is another book from Partners of the Americas. This is the second book celebrating 50 years of Partners.
Soul Deep – The Power to Connect, Serve, Change Lives.
Many are surprised at the breadth and far-reaching impact of Partners of the Americas. By simply connecting passion with human need, this one organization empowered a hemisphere of volunteers to create and implement a broad array of life-changing programs. Soul Deep is a powerful reminder that ordinary people can make an extraordinary difference in the lives of others
You can order from www.partnersmarket.net under “Publications.” Discount applies for two or more books, mix and match. See also: The Power of Partnership. #partnersamericas
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Posted on December 20, 2014 by jpoertner
Here is an interesting press release by the World Bank about a poverty reduction project in Paraguay. This project funded at about $1 Billion US dollars is an ambitious effort to increase the incomes of the poorest 40% of the population. I am not sure of the success of these large scale development projects but it is a worthy goal. Perhaps we could do something similar in the USA.
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Posted on December 18, 2014 by jpoertner
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 www.partnersmarket.net under “Publications.” Discount applies for two or more books.
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