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La Paz Centro

Name and Address of Contact Person:

Mary Santiago
La Paz Centro, Nicaragua Sister City Committee
4 Boltwood Ave.
Amherst, MA 01002
Ph: 413-259-3001

CEO/Title:

Appointed by the Select Board: 15 members / 3-year terms

Website:

www.amherstma.gov

Description of Organization:

La Paz Centro, Nicaragua Sister City Committee serves as a link between the residents of the towns of
Amherst, Massachusetts, USA and La Paz Centro, Nicaragua. The Committee meets monthly and in
recent years, members have planned fundraising and other projects to supply scholarships, computer
equipment and housing. Delegates from Amherst visit La Paz Centro annually.

Work projects have been undertaken as a cross-cultural exchange to strengthen the Sister City
relationship. Each project was conducted in La Paz Centro by a joint Amherst/La Paz Centro team.
The La Paz Sister City Committee identified a project, and prepared for an Amherst delegation that
visited La Paz for a one week period. Members of the delegations stayed with La Paz host families,
and worked side by side on the project. The first project re-furbished a pre-school in 2001; the second
project built a community center in 2003. The Amherst delegation for the first project came from the
Pathways Center and the 1st Congregational Church. The second delegation came from three churches
in Amherst: the 1st Congregational Church, South Congregational Church and Grace Episcopal
Church.

Mission of Organization:

Amherst, Massachusetts, USA, and La Paz Centro, Nicaragua, have had a sister city relationship since
1987. Its purpose is to encourage cultural and educational exchanges, to promote better understanding
between our two countries and to give assistance to those in need to both communities. The sister city
relationship is an initiative to promote understanding, peace and justice.

Target Population:

Citizens of La Paz Centro, Nicaragua

Primary City/Town Served:

La Paz Centro, Nicaragua

November 2010
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