Holiday greetings, Thank you so very much for supporting TYO's education programs in the West Bank. In the past month, your giving has been truly amazing! In fact, we are just $664 away from our annual target and with your help we will certainly reach it before December 31. Stumped on what to buy that last friend or family member? Here are two ways to avoid the holiday rush and get our project closer to its goal: Donate to $25 or more to our project and receive limited edition POSTCARDS featuring the photos from our young Palestinian photographers in Nablus. You can also receive a set of NOTE CARDS with watercolor scenes of Jerusalem for a $50 donation to our Women's Entrepreneurship program in Lebanon. Or give a gift that keeps on giving this year: donate in honor of friends, loved ones, colleagues and send a custom GlobalGiving/TYO tribute card by email or post. Its the third giving option on our project page. It has been a busy month in Nablus as well. The fall 2011 semester has come to a close most successfully! With your support, children particpated in Drama, Music, Sport, and Art classes taught by our fantastic interns James, Andrew, Abi, and Aimee at the TYO Center. Have you seen the TYO blog lately? Don't forget to check out some of the highlights from this semester:
Thank you again for your continued support of TYO. Every single dollar is greatly appreciated and makes a difference in the lives of the communities we work with. Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2012! --The entire TYO Team in Nablus, Beirut, and DC
We cannot believe it's been almost ONE year since TYO arrived on GlobalGiving! On behalf of the entire TYO staff and community in Nablus and beyond, THANK YOU for helping us provide education and a smile to more than 1,000 children in 2011. We could not have done it without you!
This holiday season please help us reach our goal of $10,000 (only $2,615 to go!). Here are THREE easy ways to simplify your holiday shopping AND help us reach our goal:
So skip the lines at the mall this season and bring education and smile to refugee children in Nablus!
With gratitude and hope,
The TYO Team
Shukran and thank you for helping us provide education and smile to refugee children in the West Bank!
Because of you our talented staff--a blend of Internationals and Palestinians--are able to provide high quality non-formal education to hundreds of children who need it the most.
Want to make your gift go even further?
Starting at 12:01 am EST, on OCTOBER 19, 2011 GlobalGiving will be MATCHING ALL DONATIONS (up to $1,000 per donor, per project) at 30%. There will be $100,000 available in matching funds and matching will last until funds run out (or until 11:59 pm EDT).
Curious about where our students come from?
Read a first hand account "Balata: My first time in a Refugee Camp" written by Abi, a fall 2011 intern at TYO Nablus.
We climb out of the taxi into what looks like a back alleyway but is actually a street in Balata. The buildings are tall structures of concrete; the air is heavy, stagnant and hot. Everything is gray and light brown until we reach the Yaffa Cultural Center where colorful Graffiti covers all of the visible walls. From the roof we can see the entire camp that looks more like a small city and is home to around 30,000 people.
As I walk through Balata, the alleyways become tighter and tighter. I look up and see a small sliver of blue sky far above; the concrete jungle covers all else. Its like a maze, I am thankful for our local guide who directs us this way and that. Over-crowding, un-healthy water and sanitation are all evident as we walk over small pools of liquid and duck as something is dumped from above onto the concrete street. We look up at the building only about four stories high it is home to almost 100 people.
Imagine growing up in this grid -lock, where do you play? There is no space. This is home to a majority of our students.
I am hit by the significance of this. Of my role at TYO teaching these children in a place that gives them space. It is a place where they can kick a soccer ball and run around. A place to learn in an un-crowded environment; where they are recognized as individuals. A place where they can just be kids.
I am more than motivated to be their teacher, their coach and their friend.
Again, thank you for your support!
Please stay tuned for more updates from TYO Programs in Nablus via Global Giving or visit our blog for the latest news www.tomorrowsyouth.org/blog.
The work and pace of life here at TYO hasn’t slowed much since the spring session ended in the middle of April. Maybe the teachers, administrators, fresh-faced interns and volunteers had the chance to take in a deep breath for a few days, but then it was right back to all the planning, recruiting, and trouble-shooting necessary for the summer’s exciting programming.
And so, the building continued to bustle with meetings, curriculum writing, MEPI trainings, leadership seminars, and the energy of business getting done. Nonetheless, throughout, there was something missing that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. Something that made everything seem just a step out of rhythm. Then, this morning, I remembered. The children!
At long last, the Core children have returned. Once again, these four to five year-olds, the shy and scared, outgoing and introverted, the smiling and the anxious paraded into TYO, doing their best to make sense of all the new stimuli, the new children, the new noises. As Adam summed up last spring, it is pure joy.
Their first steps are nervous, as if testing the ground. Then they grow more confident, they make friends, they start to sing with their voices and their eyes and right at the moment, all the preparation and writing and logistics find their relevance.
The Core program, offering psychosocial education for these young children from all across Nablus and its assortment of refugee camps, inspires a unique and undiminished happiness each and every time the kids arrive. It’s felt like a long wait, but finally, the Core children are back. I hope these photos can help paint a better picture.
Please Keep in touch!
Join our community on Facebook. Can we reach 2,500? 3,000? 3,500? friends strong by the end of the summer? The sky's the limit with your help and the more the merrier so please share it with YOUR friends!
Curious about life in Nablus? Tune into our blog for more updates on TYO's summer programming. We post a new story practically everyday, sharing intern experiences from TYO classes or travel adventures in the West Bank; news of special visitors and events; and of course all the program news that's fit to print!
As always, we thank you sincerely for your support. We could not provide education and smiles without you!
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