The VITA Program – An Introduction

HasNa is back to blogging! We’re excited today to bring you the first of several installments detailing our upcoming VITA Project. VITA, which stands for Volunteer Initiative in Turkey & Armenia, will be bringing together 14 young people from Turkey and Armenia here in DC this weekend. For more information, please check out our official […]

HasNa Article in the Peacebuilding Post

“What happens when you bring diverse individuals from Turkey and Cyprus to the U.S. for training in professional skills, communication skills, and conflict resolution?  As HasNa, Inc. has discovered over the last thirteen years, lives change, communities transform, and peace grows…” With all the attention that HasNa’s programs are receiving in Cyprus and Turkey, it […]

HasNa Partner Featured in The New Yorker

You can’t fly very far in Turkey without spotting a HasNa project. “Natural Histories: A journey into the shadow of Ararat,” appears in the October 24, 2011 edition of The New Yorker and follows avid birdwatcher Çağan Şekercioğlu, founder and president of the Turkish environmental NGO KuzeyDoğa. One of HasNa’s partners in eastern Turkey, KuzeyDoğa […]

Happy Hour at Madam’s Organ

HasNa’s third annual Happy Hour Fundraiser at Madam’s Organ went off without a hitch. The evening began at 5:00 and the bar was packed by 6:00. We were delighted to spend the evening enjoying great conversation, food, and drinks with everyone. Click to view photos: This year we had four special guests at the event. […]

Update: English Language Skills for NGOs

“You know when you came here I couldn’t express myself and now I’m talking!” The goals of HasNa’s English Language Skills for NGOs were not only to improve comprehension and grammar skills but also to help participants gain confidence using English. We inaugurated HasNa’s English Language Skills for NGOs in Diyarbakir, Turkey on May 9th, […]

Cyprus Friendship Program 2011

HasNa’s Cyprus Friendship Program (CFP) is in its 3rd year! CFP focuses on fostering trust and understanding through friendships between Turkish Cypriot teens and Greek Cypriot teens. CFP prepares these future leaders to find bi-communal solutions for living harmoniously together in Cyprus. This year the program is expanding tremendously. The group of 60 young, future […]

Announcing HasNa’s Citizen Journalism Training Program

The ways we conduct journalism, activism, and storytelling have changed drastically in recent years. HasNa’s Citizen Journalism Training Program—or “Gorilla Activism” as it is being called in Cyprus—is an 8-day workshop that began June 20th. The program was developed in conjunction with the Management Centre and Cyprus Community Media Centre in Cyprus to empower Cypriot […]

Once a Volunteer, Always a Volunteer

Pat Lowther and Kathy Scruggs were seniors in college when they were moved by President Kennedy’s call to service with the Peace Corps. They applied, took the exam, and reported to Peace Corps training at Georgetown University. At Georgetown, they studied with about 100 other volunteers to become English teachers in Turkey. It was terribly hot […]