Bainbridge-Ometepe Sister Islands Association

Rollingbay, WA   |  bainbridgeometepe.org

Mission

We encourage mutual understanding, education, friendship, and cultural exchanges between the Sister Islands of Bainbridge Island, WA (USA) and Ometepe Island (Nicaragua). Out of friendship, we help communities on Ometepe, primarily in the areas of education, health, and meeting general community needs.

Ruling year info

1993

Principal Officer

Barbara Saur

Main address

PO Box 4484

Rollingbay, WA 98061

EIN

91-1433369

NTEE code info

Promotion of International Understanding (Q20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Program 1

Scholarship Fund: In its 28th year, the fund helped over 60 students who graduated from Ometepe high schools to study in Nicaraguan universities. Students are selected and monitored by committees in the 9 communities on Ometepe which have high schools and receive stipends of up to $80 a month to assist them with the costs of their university education. Funding is also provided for college seniors and graduate students to complete the additional work required for a degree and certificate in their chosen fields.

Expenses
$56,372
Revenue
$0

Community Projects Fund: Community projects are proposed by members of Ometepe communities and selected based on level of community support and overall benefit. 2019 projects included: Extra Edad, a special school for students who were unable to attend school at a younger age, primarily due to poverty, and are now making up that work with similarly older students; infrastructure projects, including funding school building projects; providing funding for a weekend ambulance driver for the island and for a project to combat domestic violence; working with the special needs community, providing scholarships, workshops, and other assistance to blind, deaf, and physically handicapped younger people; supplying needed books and supplies to island schools; supporting coffee farmers on the island whose plants have been hit by a fungus called rust; and contributing to funding a psychologist who works in an after-school programs with students at risk.

Expenses
$54,436
Revenue
$0

Travel Fund: Both for Ometepinos coming to spend time with the Bainbridge/Seattle community and vice-versa, there is a tremendous amount of learning and friendships that happens when we spend time with each other. Those relationships are fundamental to our organization, and have now been building for decades. The costs in bringing a delegation of Ometepe islanders up is considerable, but we were fortunate to be able to get visas for several of our Nicaraguan employees and bring them to Bainbridge in 2019. Committees talked to "their" staff members, donors met them, and we facilitated contacts with special places and people in the area to broaden and deepen their relationships with our community.

Expenses
$17,688
Revenue
$0

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