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Since its establishment in 1968, the Kansas Paraguay Partnership (KPP) and its Paraguayan counterpart the Comité Paraguay Kansas (CPK) have developed hundreds of grassroots projects in both Kansas and Paraguay. In each activity the two counterparts work together through joint committees to plan and implement community-based projects designed to benefit both sides of the partnership. Out members include local citizens and professionals active in health and population programs, environmental conservation, AIDS education and prevention, small business development, women's and citizen's programs, drug abuse prevention, and agriculture -- to name but a few. Men and women from all walks of life -- including doctors, farmers, foresters, artists, city administrators, university professors, high school and university students, and leaders of community organizations -- participate in the program. KPP has had many successful projects receiving a total of eight international awards for program achievement.
The Partnership is actively engaged in a large number of areas which include but certainly are not limited to: • An extensive Agricultural exchange through the Farmer to Farmer Project which is been very active over our entire history • Citizen Participation programs were developed in partnership with the League of Women Voters. These programs have promoted the empowerment of women in the political process and the strengthening of democratic values. • Development and expansion of Volunteer Firefighter organization and Neighborhood Watch programs in Paraguay using examples development in Kansas. • Major programs between the University of Kansas School of Medicine - Wichita and the Faculty of the National University Medical School - Asunción (UNA). This program is one of development and support of a Family Medicine Curriculum at UNA . There is also a program for short term internships at rural hospitals in Paraguay by students from the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City Kansas. • The Cultural Arts have been a long-standing area of partnership interest. An extensive exchange program has been in place with the National Symphony of Asunción. Future plans include collection (already underway) in Kansas of musical instruments to be donated for use in outlying Paraguayan schools. • Natural Resources programs which have been an important part of the partnership program since 1994 and includes a long-standing Zoo project between Kansas Zoos /American Zoo and Aquarium Association and the Asunción Zoo on zoo renovation, rehabilitation and husbandry. There has also been on-going collaboration on development of ecotourism activities in Paraguay • The University Linkages program which is one of our strongest programs. This program provides in-state tuition potential for Paraguay students to attend the six Kansas regents Universities. In recent years, an average of 100+ Paraguay students have attended Kansas Regents Universities. Recently there has been an agreement completed between the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at UNA and the Kansas State University for graduate studies in Animal Science and Veterinary areas.
- Robert Klemm
- (785) 587-2737
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