The Burlington/ Puerto Cabezas Sister City Program was founded in 1984
to promote understanding between the people of Vermont and the people
the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua. The forms that relationship has taken
have been varied, and have followed the differing strengths and
of individual participants, both Vermonters and Nicaraguans.
Sister City projects have involved material aid, the creation of a tree
nursery, cultural and educational exchanges, and establishment of a
video project. Because of the unique character of Vermont and of
Atlantic Coast, projects have related to issues of economic
autonomy, indigenous rights, and community empowerment.
The main strength of the
however, has been and continues to be facilitation of people-to-people