Children's Program of Northern Ireland
For the past 39 years, the all-volunteer U.S. and N.I. boards of the Children's Program of Northern Ireland have provided over 5000 Catholic and Protest boys and girls from Belfast and surrounding communities with an opportunity to live with a Minnesota host family for five weeks in the summer. In the early years, the program offered kids a safe haven from the "Troubles" where nightly clashes between Catholics, Protestants and British soldiers was a common occurrence resulting in death and injury.
In 1998, with the signing of the Peace Accord, CPNI realigned its mission to provide the children, the next generation of leaders in N.I., with an opportunity to work, play, and learn from each other in cross community events in their communities. This experience is strengthened during a summer stay with Minnesota host families and ongoing cross community events.
Leaders in Northern Ireland have credited CPNI with saving lives and contributing to the strength of the society that has emerged post-"Troubles."
What new functionality we are looking for
CPNI is a vibrant, kid- and family-focused organization. The current website looks like it belongs to a gentleman in a smoking jacket. Sitting in a wing-back chair. Smoking his pipe.
The website needs a fresh look to convey the focus on kids and families, and also needs to accommodate new content such as testimonials from adults in N.I. who participated in the program as kids, stories from host families and N.I. families, great pictures we have from families and a professional photographer.
We have an outline of pages we'd like to add, good text content, and lots of photos. We're organized and ready to go!
How the new functionality will help
The new website will convey the program's focus on kids and families and make an instant impression on perspective families that this is a great program with lots of good stuff happening. It will also portray the program's long history in Minnesota, and help families in MN and N.I. bond through a common place to visit and gather information.
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The Children's Program of Northern Ireland aims to develop respectful relationships between children of all traditions in Northern Ireland through cross-community activities in both their own communities and through their five-week summer visit with families in Minnesota. We strive to provide opportunity to develop understanding and respect for diversity through these relationships and promote constructive approaches to conflict resolution.
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