The Bainbridge Ometepe Sister Islands Association builds bridges of friendship between Bainbridge Island in Washington State and Ometepe island in Nicaragua. For more than 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 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.
See a video made by Ben Cowan, one of our 2013 student delegates to Ometepe.
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Places to buy Sister Islands’ coffee from Ometepe keep increasing. The Boat House coffee shop in Bainbridge’s Lynwood Center neighborhood is now brewing Café Oro. For coffee to brew at home, retail options now include not only our longtime partner, Town & Country, but also the Safeway store on Bainbridge as well as Walt’s and Pan d’Amore in the Lynwood neighborhood, plus Central Market in Poulsbo.Read more
We are excited to announce that Joe Duprey will serve as the Sister Islands’ 2014 Office Volunteer beginning in December when Colleen Carroll departs after a 16-month “tour of duty.”
Joe was a member of the 2008 student delegation and returned to Ometepe in 2009 with a Special Needs delegation comprised primarily of adults. He also served as a student board member.Read more