Bainbridge Ometepe Sister Islands

Building Friendships since 1986

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

 

man and boyFor 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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Delegations foster relationships

Delegations foster relationships

Relationships form the heart of the Sister Islands Association. This is why Jane and Keith Wentworth travelled from their current home on San Juan Island in rainy December days before Christmas to spend an afternoon with their former scholarship student Karla Varela.

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23 students are headed to Ometepe in June

23 students are headed to Ometepe in June

There was tremendous excitement at Bainbridge High School to have a delegation returning to Ometepe in 2020, and as a result, 23 students will travel to our sister island next summer. Four grades are represented: 10 sophomores, eight juniors, four seniors, and one college freshman. Four of the students had been selected for delegations in 2018 and 2019, which had to be canceled because of the political situation in Nicaragua. The students will stay with families in three towns: La Paloma, Sintiope and San Jose del Sur. Applications were due Nov. 4.

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