Sister city programs undertake numerous projects to develop stronger and more sustainable communities both in the U.S. and abroad. Sister Cities International’s Africa Urban Poverty Alleviation Program (AUPAP) is a 3-year program focusing of developing such partnerships in Africa.

AUPAP aims at alleviating poverty in 25 African cities through water, sanitation, and health project led jointly by U.S. and African sister city programs. The sister cities come together to learn from each other and develop sustainable projects that will have a long-term benefit on the community.

Fort Worth Sister Cities International was one of the first programs to apply and be awarded a $115,000 grant from AUPAP.  Their progress is documented in a three episode documentary that chronicles their relationship and the project.

In episode 1 of the Africa Documentary Series, follow members of Fort Worth sister city program as they travel to Mbabane and work with their local colleagues to assess community needs and plan a sustainable project in the city’s Nkwalini Zone Four. As Mae Ferguson, President of Fort Worth Sister Cities International states, “We are citizen diplomats making friends for the U.S.”