Summer Update from Cyprus

Ashley Johnson's last Cypriot meal as a fellow

Ashley Johnson’s last Cypriot meal as a fellow

PPI-CY Fellow Ryan Hage gives us an update on what is happening in the office during the first few weeks of summer.

As I write this blog, it is currently 106 degrees Fahrenheit and does not look to be getting any cooler in the coming days. It has been an eventful few weeks for PeacePlayers-Cyprus, with many exciting events for the organization and also the staff personally.

Coaches planning session for our upcoming summer camp

Coaches planning session for our upcoming summer camp

Leading off, we are in the midst of planning our big summer camp! It is the biggest event of the year and is the one week the kids and coaches look forward to the most. It takes a lot of preparation and planning to run such an event with 64 total participants, 32 Greek-Cypriot children and 32 Turkish-Cypriot children. Not only will they participate in twice-a-day basketball training sessions, but they will also be trained in PPI’s ‘Anatomy of Peace’ curriculum. It is a great week where relationships are built and memories are made.

Also, we recently said goodbye to our beloved fellow, Ashley Johnson. She was a vital part of the PPI-CY family, and her presence and dedication will be greatly missed. She will be remembered for a lot of things, but most of all, she will be remembered for her always-positive attitude. I never saw her get down on herself or others, no matter what the circumstances, and that was refreshing to see. Ashley is back in the U.S. getting ready to start her masters program at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service.

PPI-CY Managing Director, Jale, on her wedding day

PPI-CY Managing Director, Jale, on her wedding day

Finally, our very own Managing Director, Jale Canlibalik, got married last week! It was a beautiful ceremony in Kybele followed by a reception at a restaurant in Bellapais overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Congratulations to Jale and her new husband, Semsi!

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