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 […]

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 […]

Traveling to Turkey

HasNa has been working in Turkey since 1998, applying its unique model to promote peace through understanding. Our projects are the result of dedication to our mission and also hard work and commitment from local partners and project participants. Successful projects require input from local organizations and individuals. They also require passionate participants who take what […]

Have you heard of a Washington Orange?

In Turkey, all sweet, juicy oranges are called Washington Oranges. When we received a project proposal to help improve citrus production in Turkey we learned that the Washington Orange is originally from Brazil and produced in California and Florida. But since it was originally imported from the U.S., now all sweet, juicy oranges are simply known […]

CFP Alumni featured in The Elders’ Documentary

Missing persons in Cyprus has been a painful subject for both Greek and Turkish Cypriots for many years. During the inter-communal conflict in the 1960s, many were killed whose remains were never recovered. As of 2006, “Some 1,500 Greek Cypriots and 500 Turkish Cypriots are officially registered as missing on Cyprus.”* The Cyprus Friendship Program […]

Assessing our Impact

How are we doing? Are we making an impact with our programs? To what degree are we achieving our mission? These are questions NGOs must ask themselves time and again to ensure that they are indeed making a difference. HasNa completed a comprehensive survey of our program graduates to assess the impact we have made […]

CFP aboard the Peace Boat

HasNa’s Cyprus Friendship Program is not merely a month long program in the U.S. The goal of CFP is to instill a lifelong commitment of promoting peace in the CFP teenagers and encourage them to participate in activities after they return to Cyprus. On November 21, 2010, CFP teens met with a group of students […]