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Video of the Day: Young women entrepreneurs on Nablus TV

TYO’s cooperation with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women was profiled on Nablus TV yesterday on the occasion of participants’ graduation from the 10-day training program delivered by the Small Enterprise Center of Ramallah. Project Manager Fatima Irshaid was interviewed, as well as several of the participants. Congratulations, ladies! We can’t wait to hear more about H2 Fashion, and all of the other great business ideas as Phase II of the project continues… Related posts:FWEN Profile: Hayfa & AyatIntroducing TYO’s Video Series: Fostering Women Entreprenuers in Nablus (FWEN) ProgramWISE II Entrepreneur Profile: Falasteen

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Photo of the Day: FWEN Graduation

Monday, March 29 was an extremely proud day for partners and especially participants of Fostering Women Entrepreneurs in Nablus: TYO’s cooperation with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. After extensive orientation and teambuilding activities, a grueling 10-day training in business skills and entrepreneurship and intensive preparation of their business plans for presentation, young women presented their ideas to an illustrious group of leaders from all sectors in Nablus: business, government and NGOs, including banks and other financing institutions. Now, the project’s equally important second phase begins: customized support, mentoring and follow-on training to covert the women’s ideas into viable and Continue reading…

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Intern Journal: Adjusting My Expectations

It’s a cardinal rule that I have when I travel that I do not have too many expectations. If you are flexible with what you will find, then you will not be disappointed. Your preconceptions about whatever new place you are going to are probably not founded on much more than  your stereotypes or your guidebooks or your friends’ experiences, and it serves you best just to go with an open mind. Of course I’ve tried to approach many things in Nablus and at TYO in a similar way and for the most part I believe I’ve done a fairly Continue reading…

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Balata Refugee Camp: fieldnotes and reflections

Last Saturday my friends and Kalimatna partners Mary and Khamees met with the director of the Yafa Cultural Center, which offers programming similar to TYO for children and youth in Balata refugee camp. Since almost half of the kids in my art and storytelling class come from Balata, I tagged along. After the director’s introduction to the Center’s activities, two young men took us on a tour of the camp. Balata is 1 square kilometer, with more than 20,000 inhabitants. It is the smallest camp in the West Bank in land size, but with the largest population. Like so many Continue reading…

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TYO is participating in GlobalGiving’s Global Open, can you help us win up to $6,000 in prize money?!

From March 25 – April 26, 2010, TYO is competing to earn a spot on the GlobalGiving website, and earn up to US $6,000 from Global Giving by being one of the top fundraisers in the ‘Global Open’ Challenge. The organization with the greatest number of individual donations will win $3,000, and a separate $3,000 prize will go to the project, which raises the most money. The second and third place runners up for both achievements will get $2,000 and $1,000 respectively. In order to keep our project on GlobalGiving longer term, and use their website for ongoing fundraising, we Continue reading…

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Hani Masri at Clinton Global Initiative planning retreat

TYO founder, Hani Masri, attended a Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) strategic planning retreat with other global leaders (including Jennifer Buffett of the Novo Foundation, above) to prepare for the annual CGI meeting in September. Participants analyze pressing global challenges, discuss effective solutions, and build partnerships that enable them to create positive social change. Related posts:Photo of the Day: Outdoor Play!Photo of the DayFaces of TYO Summer!

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Intern Journal: A Ladies’ Picnic

A wonderful part of being an intern at TYO – the thing that made me apply for the internship in the first place – are the opportunities for actually spending time with Palestinians.  Before Nablus, I was living in Amman, Jordan for fifteen months on a fellowship to study Arabic and research women’s rights.  Fifteen months in Jordan!  You’d think I’d be fluent in Arabic, right?  Well, in the end, a lot of my life in Jordan was spent with expats.  In fact, I think I ended up learning more about what life is like for expats in Jordan than Continue reading…

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Intern Journal: Lessons from Suhad

In my art and storytelling class Tuesday I asked the children to draw a person important to them for the last 30 minutes of class. I figured this would be a simple way to learn a little more about them, since speaking in front of the group has been a tough sell. I learned, though, that there is a lot more to discover from “simple” drawings than I expected. As I walked around the room, asking each student, “meen had?” (Who is it?), I came upon a drawing that would cause uproar at a school in the States: a person Continue reading…

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Hiking the Abraham’s Path

“Rah amoot! I will die!” I announced to Khamees, who was standing next to me under the shade of an olive tree. “We will all die! For sure!” Khamees replied laughing, a playful look of fear crossing his face as he pointed to the path ahead. The noonday sun beat down unrelenting. A dead baby goat’s decaying body lay by the side of the road. “What have we gotten ourselves into?” I wondered, a drop of sweat trickling down my back. Last weekend, the intrepid members of the Kalimatna Initiative set off in the midst of sweltering heat on a Continue reading…

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Meet Haya!

This week the members of Kalimatna Initiative completed our first set of interviews.  In addition to wandering around the Old City and An-Najah University talking to falafel sellers and bookstore owners, we interviewed each other!  To learn more about our wonderful team member Haya, read Bieta’s interview with her: Where are you from? I am from Jaffa.  We are refugees here and we live in Nablus. I am Palestinian with a Jordanian passport. How many brothers and sisters do you have? I have five sisters and no brothers, unfortunately.  It’s unfortunate that I have no brothers, not unfortunate that I Continue reading…