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The Bainbridge Ometepe Sister Islands Association builds bridges of friendship between Bainbridge Island in Washington State and Ometepe, Nicaragua

For more than 30 years, we have constructed schools and water systems together, learned each others’ languages and customs, and been welcomed into each others’ homes.

Much has changed since 1986, when Kim Esterberg first set foot on Ometepe in search of a sister island and Moyogalpa Mayor Diego Martinez told Kim that what Ometepe needed most was respect. What has not changed is the vision of a long-term, sustainable relationship—a mutually beneficial partnership of equals. This mutuality of respect is what we hold true to as we continue on into our second quarter-century.

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2022 Kids Can Make a Difference Calendars

After a year off due to the pandemic, the Sister Islands Association is thrilled to offer the 2022 Kids Can Make a Difference calendar in partnership with students at The Island School. This year’s theme is “Friendship between our Sister Islands.” A limited run will be for sale ($10 each) in front of Town & Country between 10 am and 4 pm on Saturday, Dec. 4, and Sunday, Dec. 5.
If you have questions or comments, please use this form to contact Betsy Carroll, who is heading this project. You can also support Sister Islands’ work by making a donation here.

The 2021 annual meeting, via Zoom

Even though we missed the usual hugs, catching up with amigos and shared meals, the second online BOSIA Annual Meeting , on Nov. 9, was a success. We heard reports from all of the committees, including the Library Committee, Projects Committee and Scholarship Committee. Things are still a little slower than normal due to the unusual year, but we are still working to foster friendships and connections between our two islands.

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