In 1985, Brookline resident and educator Maxine Shaw was living and teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in rural Quezalguaque. Friends from Brookline visited, saw the need for support and began sending school supplies. They also undertook other small projects, such as purchasing a school cow to provide milk for Maxine’s youngest students.
In 1987, largely through the efforts of Precinct 6 Town Meeting Member John Bassett, an official Sister City relationship was established between the Town of Brookline and Quezalguaque by votes of Brookline Town Meeting and and the Board of Selectmen.
In the early years of the project, donations were tax deductible thanks to the generosity of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and later the Brookline Community Fund. In September, 2002 we received IRS recognition as a 501 (c) 3 charity, complete with our own tax exempt number!
To learn more about Brookline Sister City click here 25th Year Annual Report
The Brookline-Quezalguaque Sister City Project is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permissible by law.