Photo from the ground, courtesy of Neighbors Abroad

Remembering Typhoon Haiyan: Palo Alto, California-Palo Leyte, Philippines


Six months ago today, Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms in recorded history, struck the Philippines. The “super typhoon” caused catastrophic damage, leaving cities and towns destroyed, over 6,300 people dead, and thousands of others injured and displaced throughout the island.

Gainesville-Qalqilya Partnership Opens Door to Educational Opportunities for Deaf Students


The Gainesville, Florida and Qalqilya, Palestinian Territories sister city partnership recently made a unique youth exchange possible. In early April, two Deaf students, five hearing students, the headmaster of the Deaf School, and a Deaf teacher from Qalqilya visited Oak Hall School in Gainesville, Florida.

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Houston Aids Drought-Affected Sister City


The Thar Sindh region of Pakistan, home to Houston’s sister city Karachi, recently suffered a severe drought that left over 200,000 families displaced and malnourished. In response, the Houston-Karachi Sister City Association (HKSCA) did its part by lending a helping hand to its sister city.

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Sister Cities Bring Cherry Blossoms and Couple Together


For the residents of Boulder, Colorado, springtime brings an especially beautiful sight to the parks around the city, as the sakura (cherry blossom) trees from their sister city of Yamagata, Japan begin to bloom.

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Sister Cities of Nashville: Expanding Global Cultural Exchange from High School to College


In 2013, 40 Student Ambassadors from the Nashville area were chosen to participate in a global cultural immersion experience through the Sister Cities of Nashville (SCN) High School Student Ambassador Program.

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