The town of Arlington, MA, has two sister cities -- Teosinte, in El Salvador, and Nagaokakyo, in Japan. The children in the Arlington Public Schools learn about the sister cities' culture in this exchange, and they learn about ours. This blogger once watched a delegation of visiting Nagaokakyo students sing along to one of their children's songs that Arlington grade-schoolers had learned in music class.

The network of sisters helping sisters extends to Arlingtonian and VHSS director Lisa Deeley Smith. Village Help for South Sudan is delighted to be one of the co-sponsors of a benefit concert for the Arlington Sister City Projects, Sunday, Nov. 21, at 3 p.m., at Arlington Town Hall, 730 Massachusetts Avenue.

Family Folk Chorale headlines the evening, bringing songs from South Africa, Bob Marley, and others. Also playing is the Cambridge-based Sol y Canto, with Rosi and Brian Amador. The Malika Traditional Dancers are performing. That's a very interesting group -- based in Maine, with roots in the Equatoria region of South Sudan, hundreds of miles from where VHSS does its work, joining us in a common expression of sisterhood.

Tickets are $12 and can be purchased by calling 781-648-3737, at the door, or on-line We'll be there, distributing bookmarks and information about the education and health connections we are making in South Sudan.

You'll see some big names co-sponsoring this concert -- Oxfam America, Heifer International. We're flattered that when concert organizers are brainstorming about groups doing good working internationally, they think of Village Help for South Sudan.