In 1998 Hurricane Mitch stalled over Nicaragua, causing extensive damage. The following year Trinity Episcopal Church was approached by a member of the Bend community and asked to participate in the recovery effort in Condega, Nicaragua. We sent a small group down to explore the situation. They came back recommending that we lend our support to the recovery effort. Every year since then we have sent a team to Condega and have initiated numerous projects in the community.

The focus of the Condega Project has been on children, particularly handicapped children. We have provided the financial support needed to keep a dormitory for deaf children open. We’ve worked with a school for handicapped children, most recently installing electricity to the building. We’ve purchased hundreds of school uniforms for some of the poorest children in Condega. We have a staff person in Condega who manages these and many other smaller projects that we’ve initiated in Condega.

The Bend Sister City Foundation provides a communication and support link for all of the programs working with Bend’s sister cities. The Foundation also provides a fund raising capability that makes sense to people in our community who want to support international programs that have a direct link to the city of Bend. The Condega Project has two members on the Bend Sister City Foundation board of directors.