Two Cities... One Heart.
Since 1986, the Norwalk/Nagarote Sister City Project has been working to end the cycle of poverty for the children in the poorest neighborhoods of Nagarote, Nicaragua. We change lives through education, community service, leadership development and the promotion of economic sustainability.
The Norwalk/Nagarote Sister City Project (N/NSCP) is a partnership between Nagarote, Nicaragua, and the Greater Norwalk Area of Connecticut, focusing on sustainable community development and breaking the cycle of poverty for the most disadvantaged children and youth in Nagarote, in accordance with our values.
- education, community service, leadership development and environmental and economic sustainability;
- empowerment over charity;
- a long-term sustainable relationship and cross-cultural experiences between our communities; and
- the democratic process, human rights, and social justice for all people.
In March 1986, a group of people gathered together at a church in Norwalk, CT to contemplate the formation of a sister-city connection between Norwalk, CT and the city of Nagarote, Nicaragua. They believed that through people-to-people contact and exchange, U.S. citizens and Nicaraguans could get to know one another and transcend the violence, politics, and propaganda which frequently characterized official relations between the two countries' governments at that time.
In 2015, a Memorandum of Understanding linking the two cities was signed by Norwalk’s Mayor Harry Rilling and Nagarote’s Mayor Mireya Candelaria Urroz Gutiérrez. Norwalk and Nagarote became official members of the renowned organization, Sister Cities International.