Bainbridge Ometepe Sister Islands

Building Friendships since 1986

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The Bainbridge Ometepe Sister Islands Association builds bridges of friendship between Bainbridge Island in Washington State and Ometepe island in Nicaragua.

man and boyFor 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 Moyogalpa 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.

We welcome newcomers to our organization. A great first step: become a member.

You can help support projects on Ometepe by making a donation.

If you have a question, contact us.

Coffee delegation, November 2015

Coffee delegation, November 2015

Would you like to pick some of the coffee beans that will end up in your cup of Cafe Oro? Meet the farmers and learn more about the Sister Islands’ coffee connections? Join a delegation to Ometepe in November, 2015.

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Special Needs Delegation, 2015

Special Needs Delegation, 2015

In January, a Sister Islands’ Special Needs Delegation of eleven people spent two weeks on Ometepe. Among other activities, the group helped deaf students learn photography technique.

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