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Friends of San Juan de Oriente


The Friends of San Juan de Oriente is a Sacramento, California-based non-profit 501 (c) (3) volunteer organization and Sister City project promoting friendship and economic development with the town of San Juan de Oriente in Nicaragua.

Located approximately 30 miles southeast of the capital city of Managua, this small community of just 5,000 people has been renowned for its production of beautiful, distinctive ceramic ware since 1,000 B.C. Traditional Nauhatl and Mayan designs are depicted in a variety of regional pottery styles.

The Friends of San Juan was founded in 1988 as a good will, fair trade organization dedicated to bringing this beautiful pottery to the Sacramento area. The pottery is sold locally in the Sacramento region at art fairs, colleges, festivals and church bazaars, and all proceeds channel directly to San Juan de Oriente to help ensure a better quality of life for the people of this town.

Sister Cities International


The mission of Sister Cities International is to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation—one individual, one community at a time.

Sister Cities International was created at President Dwight Eisenhower’s 1956 White House summit on citizen diplomacy, where he envisioned a network that would be a champion for peace and prosperity by fostering bonds between people from different communities around the world. By forming these relationships, President Eisenhower reasoned that people from different cultures could understand, appreciate, and celebrate their differences while building partnerships that would lessen the chance of new conflicts.

Since its inception, the Sister Cities International network has played a key role in renewing and strengthening important global relationships. Click here for more information on Sister Cities International.


San Juan de Oriente

San Juan de Oriente is located approximately 30 miles SE of Managua, the capital of Nicaragua


Promoting friendship and intercultural understanding

between the peoples of Sacramento, California,

and San Juan de Oriente, Nicaragua.

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