The Sandinista government hoped to control decisions and funds on Ometepe, as elsewhere in Nicaragua; but BOSIA’s fledgling standing on Bainbridge as a broad-based, non-political organization depended on Islanders’ donations being handled with neutrality: no involvement by a government of any political stripes, here or there. The delegation looked for a trustworthy person to keep and disperse the preschool money. Padre Juan Cuadra was everyone’s unanimous choice.
The Delegation of Eight formed bonds with the families they stayed with that have lasted 20 years. One of the homestays was at the Carlos Diaz Cajina coffee cooperative on Cerro Maderas. The delegates met the socios (members), listened to their stories of hardship during the years when they worked the land for the plantation owner, and shared their hope for a better future as collective owners themselves.