May 26, 2011

What a Wonderful World: Summer Classes Begin at TYO!

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.

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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!


Feb 28, 2011

Spring 2011 Session Under Way in Nablus!

TYO Spring 2011 Interns
TYO Spring 2011 Interns
This semester, TYO is happy to provide nearly five hundred community members with the opportunity to engage their creative talents and harness their energy in a safe and productive environment. The follow articles highlight the start of a few recent collaborations where TYO participants--children, volunteers, interns and mothers--combine enthusiasm, education and inspiration to showcase their bright potential.

Spring 2011 Interns
TYO is pleased to introduce the latest, stellar members of our Nablus team. Welcome, Spring Interns: Adam, Mathilda, Colin and Leila! These energetic and diversely talented, young adults are teaching a variety of courses in photography, athletics and English and elevating the importance of intercultural dialogue and cross-cultural connections between the Nablus community and their own.
 TYO and the US Sate Department Partner to Promote Literacy
Have you ever imagined Nablus twenty years from now? We do, a lot! TYO has partnered with MEPI to promote literacy and civic volunteerism within the upcoming generation. On Saturday, February 19, 2011, TYO, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, completed the final workshop in the training series for the new TYO-MEPI literacy collaboration. Thirty university students, ten mothers and several TYO staff members completed the training and will now begin teaching children (ages 6-8) how to read. Check out photos from the training series on TYO’s Facebook Page.

TYO kids excited by the National Children's Museum
Over the course of the last year, TYO kids created artwork for several exhibits on Nablus at the National Children’s Museum in Washington, DC. The exhibits displayed artworks inspired by Palestinian food and holiday traditions and customs. This month in Nablus, TYO is thrilled to display a collection of postcards sent by children in Washington, DC to their Nablus peers that share their favorite playtime activities.
As always thank you for your support and keep in touch with us on GlobalGiving, Facebook, and our blog. We'd love to hear from you!
Literacy starts early at TYO
Literacy starts early at TYO
Early spring greetings from TYO!
Early spring greetings from TYO!
TYO kids connect with kids in Washington, DC
TYO kids connect with kids in Washington, DC
Dec 22, 2010

Because of your support...

Happy Holidays from Nablus!
Happy Holidays from Nablus!

TYO has succeeded in the 2010 Global Open Challenge and most importantly raised funds to provide transformative educational experiences to the children of Nablus most needy areas!! On the heels of this success, we have expanded the requested project budget to support TYO's 2011 winter/spring semester of early childhood and youth programming. 

We hope you have enjoyed the first two reports from TYO, written by current interns living in Nablus, Palestine. We look forward to sharing news from the programs you are supporting direct from Nablus and hope you will keep in touch with us on GlobalGiving, Facebook, and our blog. This week you can read about: Ashwani's experience teaching Bollywood Dance to her students; Samee's walk through Balata Refugee Camp; and Julie's thoughts on being a vegetarian in Nablus. We would love to hear from you, so please feel free to comment, like, and share.

From all of us at TYO, thank you for your generous support this season and we wishing you and yours a happy and healthy 2011!

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