The Saint Augustine – Baracoa Friendship Association was founded as a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation in November of 2000. Our name was shortened to The Friendship Association when our mandate expanded to include a wider territory of Cuba.
The Friendship Association is an all-volunteer organization that relies on donations, both direct and in-kind, and grants to fund our projects. Since 2000 we have accompanied over 80 delegations to Cuba and have formed and maintained warm working relationships with key individuals and organizations in many of the communities of Cuba.
To date we have shipped 23 forty-foot containers to eastern Cuba as well as hand-delivered numerous donations, including hard to find medicines and educational materials.
To establish, promote and foster a spirit of friendship between U.S. citizens and the citizens of Cuba through educational exchanges and participation in meaningful projects that benefit Cuban civil society, communities, and the environment.
The Friendship Association is a non-profit organization that is funded by broad-based public support and its membership. The Friendship Association sponsors delegations to Cuba and educational and cultural events in Cuba and in the United States.
Friendship Association projects have received support from the ARCA Foundation, the Florida Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Idea Wild, The Christopher Reynolds Foundation, BirdsCaribbean, Optics for the Tropics, and Caribbean Heritage Concepts.
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All local Friendship Association events are publicized by public service announcements on local TV and radio stations and through our emailings.
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- $25 for individuals
- $45 for families
- $100+ to become a “sponsor”.
With My Paddle Board Across the Straits
An international exhibition of Stand Up Paddling (SUP) was held in Baracoa, Cuba, over the 2017 Christmas holidays.
The Friendship Association
Goal: to establish, promote and foster a spirit of friendship between U.S. citizens and the citizens of Cuba through meaningful people-to-people educational exchanges and participation in meaningful projects.
Art & Culture
Since its inception the Friendship Association has had a close relationship with artists, musicians, and intellectuals in Cuba.
Presentation of Cuban art and artists to the public in the U.S.
The Friendship Association has led a series of initiatives to improve conditions and relieve suffering.
Delivery of PETs has changed the lives of hundreds of handicapped people . . .
Containers to Cuba
Between 2000 and 2015 the Friendship Association sent 23 40-foot containers to Cuba.
Musicians Across the Straits
A musical initiative to celebrate the normalization of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States.
Tracking birds in Cuba
The Cuban avifauna includes more than 390 species, with a high level of endemism, both local and regional.
Ediciones Nuevos Mundos
The publishing branch of the Friendship Association. We publish educational books and materials written by Cubans for Cuba on endangered species and other areas of historical and cultural interest.
Each year the Friendship Association sponsors several trips to Cuba with the purpose of meeting with members of civil society for meaningful exchanges that benefit both sides.