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COVID19: Education & Food for Palestinian Children

by Tomorrow's Youth Organization
COVID19: Education & Food for Palestinian Children
COVID19: Education & Food for Palestinian Children
COVID19: Education & Food for Palestinian Children
COVID19: Education & Food for Palestinian Children
COVID19: Education & Food for Palestinian Children
COVID19: Education & Food for Palestinian Children
COVID19: Education & Food for Palestinian Children
COVID19: Education & Food for Palestinian Children
COVID19: Education & Food for Palestinian Children
COVID19: Education & Food for Palestinian Children
COVID19: Education & Food for Palestinian Children
COVID19: Education & Food for Palestinian Children
COVID19: Education & Food for Palestinian Children
COVID19: Education & Food for Palestinian Children
COVID19: Education & Food for Palestinian Children
COVID19: Education & Food for Palestinian Children
COVID19: Education & Food for Palestinian Children
COVID19: Education & Food for Palestinian Children
COVID19: Education & Food for Palestinian Children
COVID19: Education & Food for Palestinian Children
COVID19: Education & Food for Palestinian Children
COVID19: Education & Food for Palestinian Children
COVID19: Education & Food for Palestinian Children
COVID19: Education & Food for Palestinian Children
COVID19: Education & Food for Palestinian Children
COVID19: Education & Food for Palestinian Children
COVID19: Education & Food for Palestinian Children
COVID19: Education & Food for Palestinian Children
COVID19: Education & Food for Palestinian Children
COVID19: Education & Food for Palestinian Children

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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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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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
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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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Enjoying an afternoon in Jericho
Enjoying an afternoon in Jericho

During the past weekend, I took my dance class along with Ashwini and her Art and Empowerment class to Banana Land, an amusement park in Jericho.  During the trip from Nablus to Jericho, my volunteers kept the girls entertained and engaged on the bus by singing songs together.  Once we arrived in Banana Land, Ashwini and I had both classes eat lunch and play games together in order to get to know each other, with the hope that the girls would bond over their shared interest in the arts and that the young adolescent girls from Ashwini’s class would take on a mentoring role for some of the younger girls in my class.

Thanks to the unseasonably warm weather in Jericho, most of the girls seized the opportunity to spend a good part of the afternoon splashing about in the swimming pool.  Swimming was the highlight of the field trip for 11-year-old Jumana and 8-year old Asma’, as I suspect it was for many of the other girls who came with us to Banana Land.  However, when I asked another student of mine, Labeeba, about her favorite aspect of the trip, she struggled to pick just one.  “Everything!” she ended up pronouncing with a smile.

Following our weekend getaway to Jericho, the girls who attended the next class came back to TYO with increased focus and energy.  We recently finished learning a half-minute hip hop dance routine in class, and my five classroom volunteers and I are now helping the girls to rehearse for an end-of-the-semester dance performance.  In Jumana and Labeeba’s opinion, hip hop is the best part of dance class.  Thanks to the hard work and determination that my most dedicated students bring to class each week, their passion for learning new forms of dance is really starting to shine through in their dancing!

- Julie

Julie is an intern at TYO Nablus.

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Hassan and a student discuss taking sunset photos
Hassan and a student discuss taking sunset photos

As an American intern teaching the Beginning Photography class at TYO this semester, I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the 20 boys and girls in my class and having the chance to expose them to the joys of digital photography. It’s been a great experience because the kids, ordinarily loud and crazy, become instantly focused when handed a camera to work with.

In order to show them that photography can become a life-long hobby or even a useful job skill, we invited a professional photographer from the local community to come and speak to our class. Hassan Qamhia (http://www.flickr.com/photos/qamhia/), a professor at An-Najah University in Nablus and a budding professional photographer, visited us on Monday, November 29, and entertained the students with a slideshow of his beautiful photos taken around Nablus.

He also gave the kids some hands-on photography lessons. Everyone present greatly enjoyed Hassan’s presentation and gave him a resounding “Shukran” (thank you) at the end of class!

– Adrienne

Adrienne is an intern with Tomorrow’s Youth Organization. Originally from Ithaca, New York, she teaches the basic photography class with Triple Exposure.

“Triple Exposure” is a TYO initiative that aims to develop identity, awareness, and vocational skills among children and adolescents through teaching photographic expression and the production of public art.

The photo class thanks Hassan for his visit!
The photo class thanks Hassan for his visit!
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