Bainbridge Ometepe Sister Islands

Building Friendships since 1986

30th Anniversary celebrated on Ometepe

Kim Esterberg reported on joyous celebration:

We began our celebration with a special dinner prepared at the home of 
Dora Gutierrez.  It was for the entire delegation who came for the 30th, 
as well as the photo delegation.  It was in the spirit of delegations 
welcomed by Dora's mother, a long and special tradition.  On the day of 
the celebration people filtered down to Ruben Dario school to help 
prepare for the event.  The time line with photographs was placed along 
an entire wall of the school.  The stage area and the outdoor seating 
areas were prepared.

Ed and Karen Kushner meet Jose Santos, their scholarship student, with Claribel who provided sign language interpretation.

Dancers wait their turn at the 30th anniversary celebration.

“Welcome to the celebration of 30 years of sisterhood of Bainbridge and Ometepe”


When we arrived for the event at 2pm, people were still setting up and 
people were filtering in.  By 3 
everybody had arrived and I would 
estimate it was 150 people.  We opened with a benediction and then Jorge 
Espinoza, the teacher who had been 
part of the 30th delegation from 
Ometepe, was our master of ceremonies.  We sang the national anthems of both countries and then we had some short 
speeches.  Ela and I were first, but 
we were followed by a wonderful  
speech by Francisco Alvarez, who 
stayed with the theme that we really 
were celebrating the many friendship 
connections between the islanders 
on both island, above all else.  

Then we had three folkloric dance 
presentations, and the first was by a group including two girls with special needs.  It was moving and very 
delightful.  Then some from 
kindergarten, and finally a very 
polished dance by Hendrickson, Dora's 
son, and a friend from Granada.  We 
were then asked to move all the 
furniture to the area between two of 
the school buildings and we enjoyed 
a chance to visit with one another, as well as enjoy a wonderful buffet 
that had been prepared for us.  In 
this area Karla Varela and Siri 
Kushner had put together a slide 
presentation, and it was running, and 
folks had a chance to read the time 
line, as well as review posters that 
folks have created for Karla's 
workshops on sexual abuse.  It was a 
wonderful and very festive event, and some of the delegates that came 
to  Bainbridge were the most involved in the celebration here.