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.

2019 US Cypriot Teens

Have arrived at the West River Camp and Retreat Center near Annapolis, Maryland for the beginning of their U.S. Residency month. Following a week of group workshops and team building activities, they will go to live with their American host families in areas across the country.

Ambassador Susan Elliott joins CFP Board

President and CEO, National Committee for American Foreign Policy

We are pleased to announce that Ambassador Susan M. Elliott, whose distinguished career has included serving as Consul General in Northern Ireland, has joined the CFP board.  Ambassador Elliott also brings a deep understanding of the conflicts in Cyprus and the Middle East as a result of her broad career in a wide variety of roles in the Foreign Service that will be most helpful as we plan our future.

CFP Holds Second Camp in Cyprus

From August 1 to August 8, CFP will provide a second camp at the same Troodos camp site used in the past. This allows another 50 Cypriot teens to participate and was necessary to accommodate the record number of applications this year.

Welcome to our new campers!