International understanding between the residents of Fort Wayne and the citizens of our Sister Cities through regular and frequent exchanges of people, information and ideas.
What is FWSCI ?
Established in 1976 and organized in 1983 as an Indiana corporation, FWSCI, a 501(c)(3) Corporation, is affiliated with Sister Cities International, headquartered in Washington, D.C.
A newsletter is published by FWSCI to provide information about exchanges and programs to facilitate exchanges.
Takaoka, Japan; Gera, Germany; and Plock, Poland are Fort Wayne sister cities.
Sister city, county and state affiliations between the United States and other nations began shortly after World War II and developed into a national initiative when President Dwight D. Eisenhower proposed the "People-to-People" program at a White House conference in 1956. Originally a part of the National League of Cities, Sister Cities International (SCI) became a separate, nonprofit corporation in 1967 due to tremendous growth and popularity.
President Eisenhower's intention was to involve individuals and organized groups at all levels of society in citizen diplomacy, with the hope that personal relationships, fostered through sister city, county and state affiliations, would lessen the chance of future world conflicts.