Spotlight on a WNPJ Member Group - Richland Center-Santa Teresa Sister City Project



The Richland Center – Santa Teresa Sister City Project was established to promote people-to-people relationships between Richland Center, Wisconsin, and the municipality of Santa Teresa in Nicaragua.

In 1987, during the Contra War, a small group of citizens of Richland Center, Wisconsin, contacted the Nicaraguan Embassy in Washington, DC with a view to establishing a constructive and positive relationship with the people of Nicaragua through a sister city arrangement. The resulting relationship with Santa Teresa, named the Richland Center-Santa Teresa Sister City Project, SCP for short, focused on friendship, information about Central America, and aid.

Most of their contributions go toward projects in health and sanitation, environmental protection, sea turtle conservation, education and agricultural sustainability in the Chacocente Wildlife Refuge region. 

In recent events, one guest in the annual meeting was a representative from the Bader Family Foundation who reached out last fall to invite the SCP to write a grant proposal. The SCP received a major grant which has so far provided replacement wells, pumps, and latrines for those that were destroyed in the disaster following the hurricanes in November. In the near future, the Santa Teresa Sister City Project will be sending funds for improvements at the La Pita Clinic and for water filters for families and schools. 

For the remainder of 2021, the Richland Center – Santa Teresa Sister City Project is hoping to: continue rebuilding areas affected by Hurricanes Eta and Iota, maintain income growth via donations, grants, gifts, fundraising activities, strengthen relationships with Nicaraguan government departments and NGOs, complete La Pita clinic repairs and initiate new opportunities for women who want to start or improve a business. 

The Richland Center – Santa Teresa Sister City Project is continuing to witness the effects of global climate change that don’t bode well for Central America. The group is looking to make personal decisions that might help to mitigate the damage and must keep on trying to support a good life in and around Chacocente. To that end, the SCP believes that their efforts will have a positive effect on the lives of the families there.  

Call Marilyn Rinehart at (608) 347-5473 for information about the SCP, or if you’d like to attend our monthly, currently virtual, board meetings. There is no Spring Fling this year, and we are not yet planning any fundraising  events due to uncertainty of safety guidelines. Watch for announcements via email, Facebook, or our website.

P.O. Box 483 

(608) 347-5473

Richland Center, WI 53581 

SCP Website:


Spotlight submitted by Ambar Cornelio – WNPJ volunteer