Noteworthy transitional personnel

  • Warren Muir, former CFPNI President and Board member
  • John McKinney, former CFPNI Board member and Mayor of Omagh at the time of the bombing
  • Tamera Drozd, former CFPNI Metro DC Area Coordinator
  • Kim Bell, former CFPNI Board Member
  • Nevzer Stacey, President of HASNA

U.S. Program

  • 4-week homestay program with American families
  • Included teens aged 15 to 18.
  • One Greek-speaking Cypriot and one Turkish-speaking Cypriot teen shared a room.

Cyprus Program

  • CY Coordinators promote the program and select the teens.
  • Teens pair themselves during a series of organized meetings.
  • The teens and their families agreed to participate in pre- and post-cross-cultural activities.
  • CY Coordinators provide an annual graduation for all the teens and their families where the teens actively participate in the evening’s entertainment.

Program Development

  • From 2008 – 2010, a 2-year pilot program was conducted through a partnership with HASNA to begin the program in Cyprus
  • In 2011, CFP obtained 501(c)3 status as an independent organization.
  • In 2012, the Friends and Family of CFP was created to provide bicommunal social opportunities for the families and continues today as the legally recognized Cyprus Friendship Program Parents and Friends Association, which houses the Alumni Association.
  • In 2013, the CY Coordinators began a camp program in the Troodos mountains to include more teens in the program.
  • In 2018, the decision was made to expand into Israel/Palestine and the organization’s name was changed to Creating Friendships for Peace, Inc.