About Us

Creating Friendships for Peace, Inc. is a volunteer grassroots organization whose mission is to promote and strengthen friendships between teens from divided communities and extend those friendships to their families and friends.  The friendships are developed through home stays with American families.  Each family hosts two teens – one from each side of a conflict.  The teen pair shares a bedroom and learns about each other, understanding their different perspectives and realizing that friendships can develop despite significant political and cultural differences.  With friendship, an atmosphere is created that allows for mutual respect and understanding – a key ingredient for peace.

CFP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in the United States.  Our volunteers were active in Northern Ireland from 1987 until 2007.  We are currently active in Cyprus since 2009 and Israel/Palestine since 2018.

In our efforts to maintain neutrality, we do not accept government funding and rely solely on gifts from individuals, charitable foundations and businesses who wish to make a difference for peace in the world.

CFP in Cyprus

CFP’S VIRTUAL US PROGRAM

Thanks to technology, this summer’s US Program in Cyprus is occurring during the month of July with Zoom workshops and dialogue sessions, as well as projects utilizing the cloud for joint collaboration. Teens in the Nicosia area are meeting at the Home for Cooperation with masks and social distancing. Teens living further away are participating from home. Workshop topics:
* “History is written by the victors.” History often defines the present.  How can a society be persuaded to pursue the future while honoring the past with dignity for all?”
* “Medical studies have shown that Cypriots share the same DNA.  Who are you – Cypriot? Greek Cypriot? Turkish Cypriot? And what makes you that?”
* “As Cypriot teenagers, what can we do to help form the future of our island?”

Please enjoy this musical video produced by Cypriot students (both Greek & Turkish speaking) who currently attend universities in the United Kingdom, including CFP alumni.

Northern Ireland Alumni

CFPNI Alumni Association
CFP is in the process of contacting CFPNI alumni to organize an alumni association. After Covid-19 restrictions are no longer a factor, a reunion will also be planned.