Thurston-Santo Tomás Sister County Association, Olympia WA and Santo Tomás, Nicaragua

Thurston Santo Tomás Sister County Association
PO Box 561, Olympia WA 98507 (360) 943-8642

Olympia’s sister city relationship with Santo Tomás, Chontales, Nicaragua, has its roots in the era of the Contra War in the 1980s. It strives to engender peace and heal the effects of U.S. aggression and economic oppression through people-to-people exchanges and community development.

The Thurston-Santo Tomás Sister County Association collaborates with the Committee for Community Development (CDC) in Santo Tomás to help sustain multiple community projects: its intent is to support self-determination and self-sufficiency for the Nicaraguan people. Over the years there have been many delegations between our two communities: working, living, and sharing experience across distances of geography, language, and culture. This is a two-way relationship grounded in citizen diplomacy.