NEPOMAK celebrates 10 year anniversary by developing new programmes at South Africa meeting

The Executive Council of NEPOMAK met in South Africa over the Christmas period from 27-30 December 2011. Members of the Executive Council from around the world, as well as young Cypriots, SAE Youth and NAHYSOSA representatives from across South Africa and Africa participated in the meeting.

The meeting was officially opened on Tuesday 27 December at the St George’s Hotel in Pretoria. The keynote speaker at the opening ceremony was George Bizos, a prominent Human Rights lawyer and Nelson Mandela’s lawyer. Mr. Bizos spoke about the importance of rule of law, identity and his experiences in South Africa. Other speakers who addressed the opening ceremony were the Archbishop of Pretoria and Johannesburg Damaskinos, Mr Cleopa Elia (President of the Cyprus Brotherhood of South Africa), Mr. Christos Karaolis (President of NEPOMAK), Mr. Philip Papathanasiou (President of NAHYSOSA) and Mr. Michael Pappas (President of NEPOMAK South Africa).

The meeting of the Executive Council focused on establishing new programmes for members, new partnerships with other NGOs and charities as well as how NEPOMAK can continue to support Cyprus and lobby decision makers even more effectively.

The meeting also provided an opportunity to begin developing the plans for the celebrations of NEPOMAK’s 10th anniversary in 2012. The Executive Council discussed the recently launched NEPOMAK logo re-design competition, how to coordinate events across member organizations to celebrate NEPOMAK’s 10 year anniversary and also how to refresh and update NEPOMAK’s strategic goals to ensure NEPOMAK remains relevant over the next 10 years.

NEPOMAK President, Christos Karaolis said “We are exceptionally grateful to the South African and Zimbabwean Cypriot communities for the warm welcome that they gave us. During the course of our meeting we put in place proposals for new programmes and initiatives that will ensure we continue to deliver on our core aims: raising awareness of the Cyprus issue and
maintaining Cypriot culture and identity across the diaspora. With these activities, I am confident that NEPOMAK will continue to go from strength to strength over the next 10 years.”

Members of the Executive Council also visited the Hellenic Cypriot Brotherhood of South Africa and Cypriot communities in Cape Town and Zimbabwe.

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NEPOMAK Young Community Leaders Programme – Will be updated

Our new programme for Young Cypriots who feel passionate about Cyprus. NYCL is a year-long distance learning course covering all aspects of Cypriot history, culminating in a week long tour of Cyprus visiting all the major attractions. Successful applicants will receive a scholarship and accreditation, from the Cyprus Ministry of Foreign Affairs, covering all course fees and costs in Cyprus, with participants only making a small contribution towards their airfare to Cyprus. Applications will open in mid-Febraury and for more information, or to apply, click here or join our facebook group to receive the latest information about the programme . Alternatively, if you’ve got any questions email the Global NYCL Coordinator Liz Rousou –

NEPOMAK Discover Cyprus Programme – back for 2012

NDCP is back for 2012! Our flagship 3 week programme will be back for 2012 and applications will be available.   Please keep checking our website for updates.  If you know anyone who would like to apply, please encourage them to do so, so that they can share the same experiences that a number of you have shared! For more information click here. Alternatively, email the NDCP Coordinator in your country for more information, or our Global Coordinator Danny Kartoudi, for more information –

Hospitality Trip 2011

Dear Parent/Guardian:

We invite your child to participate in The Hospitality Program which is a Cyprus Government sponsored Program for children 12-16 years of age.

While the child is on the program and in Cyprus, all expenses will be paid by the Cyprus Government.  The airfare is the responsibility of the child’s family.  The children will receive a subsidy from the Cyprus Government for expenses.  The dates for the trip for 2012 will be determined after the new year.

Please be sure to fill out the application completely and accurately.  Upon approval of your child’s application, we will call you to make the necessary flight arrangements.    If your child will be traveling prior to the departure date, please let us know so that arrangements can be made for them to join the group in Cyprus.  

The application can be downloaded here.

Kindly send your applications either to Despina Axiotakis, CFA General Secretary, either via email: or  FAX TO: 201-444-0445 or the Cyprus Consulate offices at, 13 East 40th Street, New York, NY 10013.

Thank you.

Despina Axiotakis
General Secretary
Cyprus Federation of America



1. Parents, or at least one parent must be of Greek/Cypriot descent. (Consideration will be given to non-Greek/Cypriot children).

2. Children must be born abroad, or must have left at a young age and preferably visiting Cyprus for the first time

3. Children must be of ages 12 through 16

4. Preferably, one child will be selected from each family

5. Children who have participated in the Hospitality Program previously  will not be accepted

6. During the Hospitality Trip, children must stay at designated places

7. Following the hospitality trip, children may stay with relatives or friends as authorized by parents and provided that parents assume such responsibility

8. Parents must notify the educator/escort in charge of the hospitality trip of the name of the person who will deliver or receive child prior to the departure from New York

9. During the entire hospitality trip, children will be escorted by educator/chaperone

10. Children must obey all rules and express any problems or grievances directly to the escort.  If children do not obey rules, they will be expelled from the trip.

11. Children must deliver to the escort sums of money (allowance) for the purpose of avoiding losses, unnecessary waste and purchases

12. Upon arrival at the Cyprus airport, children will be received and escorted by representatives of the Service for Overseas Cypriots of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus

13. Responsibility for any children who choose to remain in Cyprus or travel to other destinations upon conclusion of the hospitality trip, shall remain with the parents, relatives or friends.  The same applies for receiving children before the departure date and beginning of hospitality trip

14. Participating children shall be selected by a special committee consisting of a representative of the Consulate General of Cyprus and by two representatives of the Cyprus Federation of America. The selection process will start following application submitted by the child’s parents, to the above Committee.

15. The dates and duration of the Hospitality trip will be made public and shall be announced through the press

16. The amount of subsidy will be announced by the Selection Committee

17. Notification regarding acceptance or non-acceptance of submitted application shall be made timely.  The Hospitality Trip includes a) a subsidy of airfare; b) 10-day hospitality in locations of the Ministry of Education of Cyprus and OELMEK ( sightseeing and touring, picnics, visits to museums and archeological sites;  d) books and small value gifts; e) airfare for escort; f) Hospitality trip will take place during the summer months.  At the conclusion of their trip, children will be asked to submit a written report on their trip and submit to the selection committee.

18. Which Cypriot organization do parents belong to?

Φιλοξενία Κυπριοπαίδων από την Αμερική και τον Καναδά στην Κύπρο

Το φετινό Πρόγραμμα Φιλοξενίας θα πραγματοποιηθεί μεταξύ 7-17 Ιουλίου 2011.

Το Πρόγραμμα Φιλοξενίας διοργανώνεται από την Κυπριακή Ομοσπονδία Αμερικής σε συνεργασία με το Γενικό Προξενείο της Κυπριακής Δημοκρατίας στη Νέα Υόρκη, και σε αυτό δύνανται να συμμετάσχουν παιδιά αποδήμων Κυπρίων ηλικίας 12-16 ετών. [Read more…]

The Educational Division offers scholarships yearly

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