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. Creating Friendships for Peace believes in self-determination and peaceful conflict resolution for all cultures and nations.  “I know if everyone had a sister/brother/sibling on the other side that they felt close to as much as I did to my pair, we would all be so much closer to peace.”  Summer ’22 CFP Teen

Latest News

CFP Advocates for Peace

CFP’s Executive Director Betsy Small, Middle East Program Coordinator David Rodich and Board Chair Linda Ziglar joined with other member organizations of the Alliance for Middle East Peace to meet with members of Congress to: secure a ceasefire and release of hostages in the war between Israel and Hamas create a genuine diplomatic process that includes Arab and European partners to deliver peace, security and hope for both Israelis and Palestinians include civil society in the diplomatic process double the funding for the Partnership for Peace Act and urge other countries to match this support It was inspiring to show …

Welcome Middle East Program Coordinator

David Rodich For nearly fifty years, David Rodich has been a committed advocate for the interests of working families both in the United States and world-wide. His experience includes serving as the national director for a public employee organization with Service Employees International Union (SEIU), followed by 20 years as the executive director of SEIU Local 500 in Maryland and Washington, DC. During his tenure, the union nearly tripled in size of the union and built a culture of collaborative problem solving. David’s advocacy has included workers in public education including teachers and other school workers, university professors, childcare workers, …

Middle East Program Grows

Despite the ongoing war, CFP received 22 applications for the U.S. Residency program. We will be bringing at least four bi-communal pairs to the U.S. in July and will be providing a Year 1 Camp for the remaining applicants at the Kormakitis Centre for Cooperation in Cyprus. Located in the Maronite village of Kormakitis and funded by the EU, this facility provides opportunities for education, youth activities, conferences and meetings, as well as cultural activities.  Its mission is to serve the reconciliation and coexistence of local communities in Cyprus and elsewhere.  With meeting rooms, food service and athletic fields, this …

Cyprus Alumni Event Draws 50 Alumni

Last Saturday, 16 March, an alumni lunch reunion was held at Yalla Cafe in Nicosia near the buffer zone. A huge thank-you to the 50 CFP alumni and new members, that made yesterday’s lunch reunion special! We’d also like to thank Ferihan Ince, our guest speaker, for an inspiring presentation, and Liana Liu Ioannides and Serife Aylanc for organizing a special lunch.

Welcome New Board Member

Maya Khuri PlotkinMaya is an attorney with over twenty-three years of experience representing clients in all facets of commercial real estate. Currently serving as Managing Counsel for Wayfair, Maya worked at Citizens Bank, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and founded her own practice prior to her joining Wayfair. Maya graduated from Bowdoin College, magna cum laude, and Northwestern School of Law, cum laude. She lives in Westwood, Massachusetts with her husband and three children and is actively involved in public service. She is an elected member of the Westwood School Committee, currently serving as Clerk, and is Chair of the Westwood …