Community Groups

HasNa believes that all members of society must work in cooperation if cross-cultural understanding and sustained economic development are to be achieved.

Programs build the capacity of people who seek to improve their communities. We use training, relationship-building, and connections with American counterparts.

Programs focus on increasing skills in organizational management, business, and conflict resolution so as to enable non-governmental organizations and local associations to play a key role in peace-building and local development.

Cyprus Peace Day Festival

In September of 2015, the first ever Cyprus Peace Day Festival occurred and focused on “Celebrating Our Togetherness”. One hundred and fifty attendees of different generations from both the Greek and Turkish Communities played a part in the day’s activities, comprising a symposium, workshops and an evening street festival in the buffer zone in Nicosia. The symposium, titled “No Future without Forgiveness” featured John McKinney, a Northern Irishman renowned worldwide for his role in forgiveness and reconciliation after the terrible 1998 bombing. Mr. McKinney focused on the significance of citizen peace building and stressed the importance of its role in a political settlement. Learn More

Leadership Training for Turkish Women’s NGOs Fighting Against Gender-Based Violence

From August 22 to September 5, 2015, HasNa brought a group of NGO professionals from Turkey to Washington D.C. for training on leadership skills, non-profit management and communication skills to promote women’s empowerment in their communities. The participants come from different backgrounds and they work on a variety of issues such as human rights, women’s rights, legal and advocacy work, women’s education and fighting gender-based violence. 

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Crafting Peace: Armenian-Turkish Stonemasonry Cooperation Program

From September 23rd to October 3rd, 2012, HasNa and our local Armenian and Turkish partners brought a group of stonemasons, architects, cultural tourism experts, NGO professionals, and private sector representatives to Washington, DC, for two weeks of training, site visits, and meetings in order to promote cross-border efforts to preserve their common cultural heritage through restoration, the opening of new markets, and tourism. 

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Collaborative Solutions to Shared Environmental Problems in Cyprus

Working with our local partners in Cyprus – Terra Cypria in the south and the Cyprus Turkish Biologists Environment Research and Protection Association in the north – HasNa brought a bi-communal group of Cypriot environmental NGO leaders to Washington, DC for two weeks of training and site visits in July 2012. Through the Collaborative Solutions project, participants examined the relationship between environmental issues and conflict over resources and protected areas and they identified collaborative strategies for facilitating workable solutions to environmental conflict back on the island. Learn More

Program Management Training Program

Across Turkey, nonprofit organizations work vigorously to meet the needs of individuals and communities in a diverse set of areas. HasNa’s Program Management Training Program seeks to equip socially conscious leaders in the nonprofit sector with the tools and knowledge to successfully manage and advance their projects and organizations. In 2010, HasNa brought eleven passionate leaders to Washington, DC between April 2nd and 24th to participate in the two-week Program Management Training Program. Learn More