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Ramadan in Nablus

I got back to Nablus yesterday afternoon, on the 8th day of Ramadan. The quiet streets were familiar from last year, as were the whistles and firecrackers that began as dark fell. One particularly loud ‘pop’ caught my attention, so I glanced out our living room window, which has a beautiful, broad view of Nablus. My eyes fixed on a small set of sequentially flashing red and white lights in a window across the valley. In the past 20 months in Nablus, I’ve gotten quite accustomed to a high level of military presence, security measures, and surveillance. As I stared Continue reading…

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Inbal from Askar featured in Hopeful Voices

TYO is thrilled to be part of a great new initiative: Hopeful Voices, a brand new teaching aide featuring stories about 10 children from around the world, from Haiti to India to the US to right here in Nablus! The publication is a project of My Class Cares, an American 501c3 tax-exempt organization that works “to inspire youth to care deeply for the well-being of people throughout the world”. The stories have been compiled as a teaching guide: each one provides a window into the people, culture, challenges and opportunities of one country. My Class Cares staff have done a Continue reading…

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TYO Volunteers Enjoy a Day in Tulkarm

On Saturday, 8 August about 40 people, including several TYO volunteers, some of their siblings and two TYO Staff members went on a trip to Tulkarm.  It was an exciting trip for the many as they have never been to the city before. While in Tulkarm, the group enjoyed a visit to Alwaha Park where they swam and sang in the sun. Related posts:Photo of the Day: Askar Represent!Photo of the DayComputers arrive from Craig of craigslist!!

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Last Day Celebration!

On Wednesday, 12 August 2009 Tomorrow’s Youth Organization celebrated United Nations’ International Youth Day on the last day of our eight-week summer session. Over 500 community members came to the TYO Center in Nablus to view their children’s artwork and enjoy a series of performances and exhibitions, including dabka and athletic performances, an experiment by TYO’s “Mad Scientists” and a performance by a group of clowns from Askar refugee camp.  The Center was filled not only with the exuberant colors of childhood art but also the laughter and shouts of children and families enjoying their time together. A special thanks Continue reading…

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An Unexpected Finale to a Night Out

A few days ago, the American and local staffs and the American interns left the grounds of TYO for a nighttime meal overlooking beautiful hills. While we knew there would be fun-filled, transliterated conversations (especially for the interns like me who don’t speak Arabic) taking place, the bonding that came to be at the end of the evening was a fabulous surprise to everyone. I found that the evening began typically, with people waiting around the table, conversing about their jobs, complaining about the glacial nature of the wait staff, and taking turns watching Kais, psycho-social therapist Suhad’s adorable son, Continue reading…

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Individualized Early Childhood Education

On Monday, I continued a physics project with my kids aged 9-11 in science class to build floatable, cardboard boats displaying an understanding of buoyancy and Archimedes’ Principle. The kids were in the middle of making their boats when some of the groups began running out of duct tape, so I temporarily halted construction and decided to play musical chairs in the empty room next door. Ten minutes later, we returned to our science class to find that three of the boats had been destroyed, punctured with holes. Mohammad stood next to them with a pair of scissors in his Continue reading…

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TYO Celebrates Refugee Children’s Achievements on UN International Youth Day

Please join us in celebrating UN International Youth Day and the last day of our summer session on 12 August 2009 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM at the Zafer al-Masri Foundation Building in Khallet al-Amood, Nablus.  The text of our press release follows. You can also download the press release in English and عربي PDFs on our homepage. August 6, 2009 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AMERICAN NON-PROFIT IN NABLUS CELEBRATES REFUGEE CHILDREN’S ACHIEVEMENTS ON UN INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY (NABLUS, West Bank) Tomorrow’s Youth Organization (TYO) celebrates United Nations’ International Youth Day on Wednesday, 12 August 2009 in conjunction with the last Continue reading…

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A summer birthday wish

I was born on August 7. Growing up, my birthday always fell smack in the middle of family vacations, sleep-away camp, and back-to-school doctor visits: there were never cupcakes in class to celebrate My Big Day. I’ve overcome this childhood struggle, and am now grateful for the chance to mark the rapid passing of years in vacation spots around the world! But this summer, I do want a school-style party for my birthday. Or pretty close: my birthday wish is for a kid-friendly shebang on August 12 at TYO Nablus. We will be celebrating the UN’s International Youth Day, which Continue reading…

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To Tweet or not to Tweet? Tweeple we love (and you should too!)

Early childhood education initiatives and policies have gained impressive momentum over the last year. Scientific and educational researchers along with the Obama administration deserve much credit for imbuing the importance of early childhood experiences and education into mainstream media.  This blog has already published several posts to that effect including research on the importance of play, the need for early childhood education in the face of poverty and stress and the opportunity to merge early childhood education initiatives with new approaches to international development. With such thrilling happenings taking place in DC and worldwide, TYO uses the Internet (most recently Continue reading…

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Last Days of Classes & UN International Youth Day

August 12 is the last day of TYO’s 2009 Summer Program. It also happens to be the UN’s International Youth Day. We want to end our awesome summer with a bang, showing off all that our kids have learned and accomplished over the last 2 months. By supporting the event, you’ll help us provide fun and games, healthy (and delicious – we swear!) snacks, and take-home treats for 400 4-18 year olds in Nablus. We’ve already got dried fruit snacks, a dabka dance group, and clowns, but with just $2.50 per child we can really thrill these kids! Donate here. Continue reading…