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.
Political instability in Nicaragua, combined with Covid difficulties and travel restrictions, led to the emotionally difficult yet rational decision to close the last international funding source for the Si a la Vida program, which began as a program to help homeless boys in Nicaragua and had close ties to the Sister Islands Association.
When the Sister Islands’ staff on Ometepe visited Bainbridge in December, one of the highlights was a warm reconnection of old friends: Keith and Jane Wentworth and Karla Varela.
Dora, Karla, and Santiago arrived on Bainbridge to cold temperatures and occasionally down pouring rain but a very warm welcome. As the following photos demonstrate, they had a full and joyous two weeks doing the business of BOSIA committees and participating in Bainbridge holiday traditions. Scroll down to read Dora's reflections on the trip. MayonrKol Medina, with Barbara Saur, gives delegates an
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As 2019 draws to a close, the Sister Islands Association is planning two delegations — one involving our office staff, the other for Ometepe teachers who instruct students in English.
Three second-graders from Ordway Elementary School — Kaia Robb-Goldberg, Magda Ruffo-Hill, and Abby Corns — guided by office manager Lauren Melville, organized a Wintergram fundraiser for Ordway's sister school in La Concepcion, Ometepe. The effort raised $286 which will purchase books and supplies for the La Concepcion school library. In addition, teachers Susan Gace and Denise Melton-Todd arranged for December's Scholastic Book Fair
When the 2017 Coffee Delegation traveled to Nicaragua from Nov. 28 to Dec. 11, the group of four were treated to 11 fantastic days on Ometepe and had opportunities to explore the mainland cities of Masaya, Granada and Rivas.
Kim Esterberg reports on the Sister Islands Association’s 30th anniversary celebration on Ometepe, which began with a special dinner prepared at the home of Dora Gutierrez, our office manager in Altagracia.
The heart of our Sister Islands’ relationship occurs when people from both islands spend time together in each others’ homes and communities. Twelve Ometepinos will have that opportunity when we celebrate our 30th anniversary this year.