This week’s blog is written by International Fellow, Jessica Walton. Tuesday, PeacePlayers-Cyprus staff joined the Home for Cooperation (H4C) in celebrating their fourth anniversary. PPI-CY’s office is located at the H4C in the UN Buffer Zone here in Nicosia.
The Home for Cooperation, located in Nicosia, UN Buffer Zone, is a bicommunal space specifically fostering and promoting cooperation and open dialogue between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities. PeacePlayers-Cyprus is one of several non-governmental organizations based at the H4C. On Tuesday, we gathered with our neighboring organizations to celebrate the H4C and all of its achievements and efforts since it opened its doors in May 2011.
At the core of H4C is its goal to break the common perception of the Buffer Zone, by supporting and facilitating its transformation from a “dead zone” into a zone of cooperation, community, and liveliness. Here at PeacePlayers-Cyprus we do this through our bicommunal events like Twinnings. Other H4C organizations offer language courses, classes, trainings and events open to the community.
Taking part in the celebration were official representatives from both the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities, various staffers from local NGOs, educators, Foreign Service representatives, and families from both communities. We enjoyed good music, activities and games, and excellent company all aimed at bicommunal cooperation. In addition to celebrating the past, we look forward to the future projects and achievements members of the H4C will celebrate at next year’s anniversary festivities.