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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Student auction and trip canceled

Student auction and trip canceled

Sadly, the 2020 student delegation to Ometepe and the April 18 fundraisiing dinner and auction that the students were planning have been canceled because of the social distancing requirements and travel restrictions needed to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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