Education Forum

Brookline-Quezalguaque Sister City Project’s
Educational Forum & Fundraiser

October 17, 2019 – 6:30 pm
Brookline VFW Post, 386 Washington Street

“Sister City in the Age of Trump & Ortega”

Featured Speakers
Governor Michael Dukakis
Eva A. Millona, Executive Director, MIRA 
(Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition) 
Stephen Kinzer, Award-Winning Foreign Correspondent

6:30 pm-Lite Buffet Reception catered by Vine Ripe Grill
(Suggested contribution $60)
7:15 pm-Program & Educational Forum



Brookline-Quezalguaque Sister City Project
Celebration Committee
Gov. Michael & Kitty Dukakis, Hon. Tommy Vitolo, Bernard Greene,
Chobee Hoy, Elias Audy, Carol Caro, Chris Chanyalsulkit, Raul Fernandez,
Bambi Good, Jock Grew, Nancy Heller, Judy Paradis, Richard Segan, 
Lois Statlender, Lisa Wisel, Neil Wishinsky, Kea van der Ziel, MD


Yes!!! I/We believe in the mission of the Brookline-Quezalguaque Sister City Project and would like to sponsor the Sister City Project’s October 17th Educational Forum & Fundraiser at the following level:

___$5,000 Presidentes   ___$2,500 Embajadores   ___$1,000 Diplomáticos

                   ___ $500 Cónsules              ___ $250 Líderes

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Use my donation for: __General Fund   __Specific Project. Specify: ________

Tax Deductible
Contributions to the Brookline Sister City Project are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. The Brookline Quezalguaque Sister City Project is tax exempt under section 501(c)(3). 

Sponsorship or other contributions payable to Brookline-Quezalguaque Sister City Project may be mailed to BQCSP, P.O. Box 114, Brookline, MA 02446 or using the donate button above.

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Water Project

Our Water, Our Health, Our Future Brookline & Quezal (1)

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Expanding access to clean water in Quezalguaque. Nicaragua

The Brookline- Quezalguaque Sister City Project (BQSCP) is working actively to improve rural water systems throughout the municipality of Quezalguaque in Nicaragua in order to expand access to clean water for all residents. Thanks to the generous donations from people in Brookline, a new rural water system was inaugurated Sunday January 13 in the community of Las Mercedes in Quezalguaque as shown in and the video.


Las Mercedes Dedication Ceremony
This short clip of the ceremony at Las Mercedes for launch of the new well last Sunday (January 13, 2019). The person in the blue checked shirt turning on the water is the Mayor of Quezalguaque, Henry Sandoval. Las Mercedes CAPS’ member Agustin Garcia is on the left in a red hat. A number of us including the BHS students met him and have heard him talk about the very difficult situation in the Las Mercedes community. On the right is the President of the Las Mercedes CAP, and further to the right in red is Daniela Canales, another person that many of us have met; she is the Treasurer for the Las Mercedes CAP.

Rotary Club International, the municipal government of Quezalguaque and Rotary Club Brookline also provided funding for this new system in a community where just one year ago people’s access to water was limited to one hour per day. BQSC plans to continue to support improvements in the other rural water systems in Quezalguaque in 2019.

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BQSIP Campaign Launched

Willa Vish

Willa Vish

Brookline High School (BHS) sophomore Willa Vish announced the launch of a campaign to sell reusable water bottles to help fund the Brookline Sister City Project clean water initiative in Quezalguaque.  Vish made the announcement at the Sister City Educational Forum & Fundraiser at the Brookline VFW Post.

At the time the announcement was made, the environmental friendly reusable bottles had not yet been received; Vish and her fellow BHS students took orders for bottles rather than selling them at the Sister City fundraiser as originally planned. Since the bottles arrived they have been selling rapidly. If you are interested in purchasing a BQSIP bottle contact us at brooklinesistercity@gmail.com

Vish along with fellow sophomore Sophie Jelden were among the BHS students that traveled to Quezalguaque in April 2018 and this fall they led efforts to organize a BHS student club to support Quezalguaque and the Sister City Project. Social studies teacher Joanne Burke-Hunter traveled to Quezalguaque with the students in April and she is the faculty advisor for the newly authorized club.

Speaking to the attendees at the event that featured former Governor Michael Dukakis and award winning correspondent Stephen Kinzer, Vish explained that the BHS club’s first project is selling reusable water bottles.  Funds raised by the sale will be donated to the Brookline Sister City Project for the clean water initiative funded by the Sister City Project for the Quezalguaque community.

Vish and the members of the new club not only hope to raise money for and build awareness of the Sister City Project but they are promoting the reusable water bottles as an alternative to single use plastic commercially sold water bottles.

The typical American reportedly uses an average of 167 plastic water bottles per year. With promotion of reusable water bottles, the goal will be to dramatically reduce and eventually eliminate single use plastic bottles.

Vish, Jelden and the other students in attendance at the Sister City Ed Forum received orders for more than 40 bottles at the event. The bottles are branded BQSIP for Brookline-Quezalguaque SIP.

Sister City Board member and liaison to the Brookline schools, Stacey Downey introduced Vish at the event and commended the students for establishing the club and taking on the new initiative.

For more information about the Sister City Project or to order a BQSIP $12 reusable water bottle, contact BrooklineSisterCity@gmail.com

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Nicaragua Update

Dear Friends & Supporters of the Brookline Sister City Project,

In case you missed it, here’s a link to Stephen Kinzer’s op-ed in  the 6/4 Boston Globe about the present crisis in Nicaragua.
https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2018/06/04/nicaragua-brink-calamity/pXOf7gOpjerrYR6ucLExbP/story.html

Some of us have been in regular contact with friends and colleagues in Nicaragua since the beginning of demonstrations in April.   Although Quezalguaque has remained calm,  the situation overall is very troublesome and it is a stressful and uncertain time throughout the country because of continuing demonstrations, counter demonstrations, roadblocks impacting local travel, some violence particularly directed toward demonstrators and concerns about possible food or other shortages ahead.    Because of the situation, the trip planned for this coming summer with graduate students in public health and four of our Board members was cancelled.

Despite the unstable political situation, our collaborative work in education, health care, water and other areas continues. Attached is an update about the clean water initiative and our investment of $47,000+ to help improve the water system in Quezalguaque.  There have been some delays in the initiative but it is proceeding and there is on-going collaboration with the University in Leon (UNAN/Leon) and ECODES, a Leon based NGO.

Our Sister City collaborative approach supports ongoing work on-the-ground regardless of our ability to travel on the ground.

If you’d like more information about our work or want to get involved or discuss it further, please feel free to contact us at BrooklineSisterCity@gmail.com

Thanks for your concern and continuing support in this difficult time.

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