The Bainbridge Ometepe Sister Islands Association builds bridges of friendship between Bainbridge Island in Washington State and Ometepe island in Nicaragua. For 25 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 Moyagalpa Mayor Diego Martinez told Kim that what Ometepe needed most was respect. What has not changed in 25 years is the vision of a long-term, sustainable relationship—a mutually beneficial partnership of equals. This mutuality of respect is what we celebrate as we mark our first quarter-century in 2011.
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Tickets are now on sale for the 2013 student delegation’s auction and dinner, which will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, at Woodward Middle School, 9125 Sportsman Club Road on Bainbridge Island. If you can’t attend, please consider making a tax-deductible donation. All proceeds go to projects on Ometepe. Order tickets or donate now.Read more
If you’re thinking of making a donation to the Sister Islands association or paying up on an Ometepe student’s scholarship you sponsor, the perfect day to do it is May 15. That’s the date of the Seattle Foundation’s “GiveBIG” fundraiser, which we participate in through our membership in Global Washington. Here’s how GiveBIG works:Read more