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Dec 22, 2011

Update from Lebanon & Last Minute Holiday Gifts!

Program participants hard at work!
Program participants hard at work!

Holiday greetings and thank you for supporting TYO Female Entrepreneurs in Lebanon!

It has been a busy month for our women in Lebanon. Most recently they finished up English assessments in preparation for intensive and personalized business English courses that will start next month.

Have you seen the TYO blog lately?

This fall we've been highlighting the women who are participating in the entrepreneurship program. Check out interviews with Soumaya, Lamia, Athar, and Samira and learn more about their business plans, dreams, and experiences during the project.

Still shopping?

Donate to $50 or more to our project and receive limited edition NOTE CARDS with watercolor scenes of Jerusalem . You can also receive a set of POSTCARDS featuring the photos from our young Palestinian photographers for a $25 donation to our "Bring Refugee Children Education and a Smile" project also on GlobalGiving.

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.

Again we sincerely thank you for your support and wish you and yours a happy and healthy 2012!

Nov 25, 2011

Tis the Season: Thank you & Holiday Gift Ideas

Thank you for your support!
Thank you for your support!

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Take advantage of Cyber Monday shopping and benefit TYO with GOODSHOP. A percentage of purchase from participating online stores goes automatically to TYO.

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

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Oct 18, 2011

Please Support Us on Wednesday October 19!

A smile from Balata
A smile from Balata

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.

Playing in Balata Alleyways
Playing in Balata Alleyways
 
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