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 Israel and Palestine

CFP GRADUATION CEREMONY

CFP’s second class of teens with our partner Jerusalem Peacebuilders celebrated their graduation on February 12 with family and friends. We are very grateful to Haifa University for providing the 32nd floor reception room of the Eshkol Tower for the event.  Each US regional group of teens shared their CFP experiences through speech, video and pictures.  The evening concluded with a generous buffet of falafel, salads and cakes. 

Creating Friendships for Peace Scholarship in Memory of Henry John McKinney, B.Sc. M.Sc. 

Hila Elroy, HU’s Head of Government Relations, attended the graduation and welcomed all on behalf of the University. She took this occasion to officially announce CFP’s scholarship, made possible by John and Anne McKinney. This four-year undergraduate scholarship in science will be awarded to a deserving CFP Alum.

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.