Greater Newburyport/Bura Alliance is a non-profit
organization affiliated with Sister Cities International,
Inc. It is composed of volunteers and supporters from greater
Newburyport, Massachusetts. We are committed to fostering
friendship, cross-cultural understanding and mutual respect
between the people of the greater Newburyport area and Bura,
this principally through an exchange of cultural and financial
resources, and visits, between GNBA and its partner organization
in Bura, the Mwengere Development Committee, for the long-term
benefit of both communities. These activities are dedicated
to enhancing awareness, communication, education and leadership
development by linking our communities in mutually defined
projects to empower the participants.
Newburyport/Alliance is modeled on the successful Amesbury
for Africa Sister City program which was founded
by Dr. Mark Bean and a group of concerned adults and youth
in 1985. At that time, while the world's attention was riveted
by stories of war and famine in East Africa, this group looked
for a way in which their community could be directly involved
in the fight against hunger and see the results of their efforts.
had recently met Bishop James Mundia who was studying at the
Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge. Bishop Mundia, a native
of Esabalu, Kenya and Dr. Bean thought it would be a good
idea to work towards developing a sister city relationship
between Amesbury and Esabalu. Since that time, there have
been many exciting developments including exchanges of people
and information benefitting all participants.
member of Amesbury for Africa was a Kenyan living in Amesbury,
Tony Shake. Tony took part in helping establish the relationship
with Esabalu and saw its benefits firsthand. He hoped that
someday there would be a si.milar relationship established
with his native home of Bura, Kenya.
beginning, Amesbury for Africa attracted interest throughout
the Lower Merrimack Valley, and after several years, there
were enough people from Newburyport, West Newbury and Newbury
to begin a new group. It was a short step from there to the
formation of the Greater Newburyport/Bura Alliance. The Alliance
began meeting in 1992. In October, 1994, Mayor Lisa L. Mead
of Newburyport issued a citation declaring Newburyport and
Bura, Kenya sister cities. The group was incorporated as a
non-profit, tax exempt organization in 1995.