Boulder-Cuba Sister City Organization
"Promoting cultural sharing, understanding, and exchange."
March 22-April 3, 2014
The primary goal of this trip will be to acquaint educators, environmental professionals, and interested citizens with certain facets of the Cuban systems of education and biodiversity conservation, through meaningful interaction with Cuban professionals in those fields. Our intention is to provide opportunities for an exchange of perspectives with Cuban educators and experts from Cuban nature reserve programs.
This 13 day trip will visit Mayarí, Baracoa, Guantánamo, Santiago de Cuba, Cienfuegos, Trinidad and Havana. Click here to see a detailed preliminary itinerary.
Travelers will be accompanied by two experienced bilingual BOCUSCO tour leaders: Pat Comer, ecologist and Karen Weaver, educator.
THIS TRIP WILL FILL UP FAST
For questions and trip application, contact trip leaders:
Pat Comer and Karen Weaver
627 Gay St.
Longmont, Co 80501
Or email to: CubaBoulder@gmail.com
BOCUSCO holds a license from the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the Department of the Treasury to conduct non-academic educational/people to people travel to Cuba.
People to People Delegation to Cuba
For information on becoming a member of the Boulder-Cuba Sister City Organization, click here: Membership Application
Thanks to everyone who has contributed to hurricane Sandy relief in eastern Cuba. BOCUSCO contributed to medical relief containers sent by MEDICC and Global Links and received this message:
"Thanks to the support we received from individuals and organization across the US, we were able to ship 4 containers in November and December to help hospitals in Santiago. Two more are planned for late January / early February. We could not have have been able to provide 6 containers of medical aid so quickly without the help of supporters like your organization."
On October 25, 2012 Hurricane Sandy tore through eastern Cuba leaving destruction, devastation, and death in Guantánamo, Holguín and especially Santiago de Cuba provinces. See photos below.
Photos of Santiago de Cuba taken October 26, 2012. © Julio Larramendi
Ongoing projects :
Boulder Sister Cities in a trunk
The Boulder History Museum is busy gathering art, cultural artifacts, and resources from each of Boulder's seven sister cities and preparing them to travel to area classrooms or community groups. The Cuba trunk containing 64 items from or about Cuba including maps, books, art work, stamps, musical instruments etc is ready! Please contact Emilie at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We are pleased to announce that the Boulder-Cuba Sister City Organization was granted a non-academic educational/people-to-people license to travel to Cuba by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Our license for 2013-2014 has been renewed.
Please contact us for information on upcoming trips: email@example.com
To see some of the publications about eastern Cuba that BOCUSCO has supported over the years, visit: Ediciones Nuevos Mundos
Shipping medical equipment and supplies to Eastern Cuba
Since 2006 the Boulder-Cuba Sister City Organization has been raising funds to sponsor the shipment of medical equipment and supplies to Guantánamo province in conjunction with Denver-based Project C.U.R.E. www.projectcure.org. We are pleased to announce that the first FIVE 40’ cargo containers have arrived at their destinations: a container of hurricane relief supplies following the devastion of Hurricane Ike; as well as containers to the main hospital in Guantánamo which serves the entire province including Yateras; the Guantánamo Pediatric Hospital; the main hospital in Baracoa, and the hospital in Palenque, Yateras.
We would like to thank all of the donors, sponsors and volunteers who have contributed to the success of this project. Thanks to everyone’s efforts and generosity, we have been able to provide one of the poorest provinces of Cuba with such supplies as X-ray machines, anesthesia machines, mamography units, operating tables, stethoscopes, microscopes, laboratory supplies, defibrillators, and much more. Please visit our HEALTH committee page to learn more about health care in Yateras and our health related projects. THANK YOU!!
About the Boulder-Cuba Sister City Organization
The Boulder Cuba Sister City Organization (BOCUSCO), is a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-political, all-volunteer citizen network which exists to create lasting partnerships to promote cultural sharing, understanding and exchange between citizens of Boulder, Colorado and the municipality of Yateras, Guantánamo, Cuba. Yateras, a municipality located in the mountainous easternmost Cuban province of Guantánamo, became Boulder’s sixth sister city in 2002.
President Eisenhower promoted a people-to-people initiative in 1956 to involve individuals in citizen diplomacy, with the hope that personal relationships, fostered through sister city, county, and state affiliations, would lessen the chance of future world conflicts. Sister Cities International (SCI) is a nonprofit citizen diplomacy network that creates and strengthens partnerships between U.S. and international communities. SCI promotes peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation. SCI currently represents more than 2,500 communities in 134 countries around the world. Boulder is a member of SCI and has other sister cities in Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Tibet, Kenya and Tajikistan.
Although many of our exchanges and activities involve the community of Yateras, we are also involved in projects, such as health and environmental projects, in other areas of Guantánamo Province including Guantánamo City and Baracoa. BOCUSCO organizes activities, with support from the Boulder community, through its five committees: Arts and Education, Environment and Sustainability, Health, Music and Dance, Sports.
Since 2005 BOCUSCO has been working in collaboration with U.S. government-licensed organizations to ship mountain bikes, wheelchairs, medical equipment and supplies, school supplies, athletic equipment and footwear to Yateras.
In addition to those ongoing projects, we have prioritized a project for 2013 for which we are currently raising funds. To fulfill our goal of bringing more awareness of Cuba and its rich culture to the Boulder community, we are planning to host two artists from Baracoa, Cuba in late spring. We also hope to be able to continue offering BOCUSCO members the opportunity to interact with Cuban citizens by raveling to Cuba with us on an educational/people to people visit.
(updated October 2012)
To make a tax-deductible donation please make check out to BOCUSCO and mail to
2835 Lagrange Cir
Boulder, CO 80305
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