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Operation Smile Screening at the TYO Center

On Sunday, November 28, 2010, the Tomorrow’s Youth Organization hosted a medical screening session for Operation Smile. This international medical NGO provides cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries for children in need around the world, including children in Palestine. The objective of the screening session was to find eligible children from the northern West Bank to travel to Jordan in early December for surgery with Operation Smile doctors. (Another screening session was recently held in Hebron for children in the southern West Bank.) Of the 43 cases that were screened at the TYO Center on Sunday, 19 children were chosen Continue reading…

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Intern Journal: Conversing and Corresponding in English

In addition to the dance and aerobics classes that I teach on-site at Tomorrow’s Youth Organization, I recently started leading English conversation classes at An-Najah National University for second-year medical students.  Most of my students have studied English for ten or more years, and they are all eager to put what they’ve studied to practical use in order to communicate effectively with native English speakers.  In our most recent class session, my students worked with a partner to develop appropriate dialogues to accompany the medical and social scenarios I assigned them, which ranged from communicating with a patient at the Continue reading…

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The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and The Portland Trust Visit FWEN at TYO

Nicola samples FWEN participant Nehaya’s homemade Palestinian cuisine Martin Kaye, a trustee of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women (CBFW) and Nicola Cobbold, Managing Director of The Portland Trust visited the Fostering Women Entrepreneurs in Nablus (FWEN) project at TYO on Wednesday, November 24, 2010. Their visit came at the height of the project’s first phase as the women behind the ten leading business plans work diligently to advance their proposals and determine the support (financial, in-kind and supervisory) required for their successful development and implementation as pilot businesses. The FWEN participants created booths displaying their business concepts and sample Continue reading…

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Cocktails and Cultures of Friendship

If one wishes to bond with a young Nabulsi, “going out for cocktails” is bound to be the chosen means. However, once one actually tries a Nablus cocktail, it becomes readily apparent that cocktails here are far beyond any kind available in the United States.  A cocktail in Nablus is a heavenly blend of ice cream, milk, nuts, and fresh fruit on top.  Favorite variations often include dates or honey as well.  A sweet, filling and fresh treat, cocktails are equally popular with families as well as groups of friends. Over the past several weeks, I have had the chance Continue reading…

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FWEN Profile: Nehaya

Name: Nehaya Age: 25 years old Location: Nablus Business Plan: Traditional Palestinian Cuisine Restaurant How did you decide to participate in FWEN? What have you gained from the program? As a student at An-Najah University (she graduated in 2007 with a degree in biotechnology), Nehaya noticed a problem that is universal to students around the world: Because they live far away from their families while at school, many students miss home-cooked meals and crave “comfort food.” Although there are some fast-food restaurants offering delivery on campus, there is no way for students to get the traditional Palestinian dishes their mothers Continue reading…

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“Suwarna” Exhibitions A Success!

We are proud and delighted to have completed a two weeks’ traveling exhibition in the West Bank – featuring artwork by the children of Nablus! Photographs were taken by the participants in Triple Exposure, a TYO initiative that aims to develop identity, awareness, and vocational skills among adolescents through teaching photographic expression and the production of public art. These photos were displayed in three venues from October 29 to November 13, where hundreds of visitors were able to benefit from a photographic entryway into a city and people so rarely accessed by the outside world. We began with the Hashimiya School Continue reading…

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FWEN Profile: Hayfa & Ayat

Name: Hayfa and Ayat Age: 24 years old Location: Balata refugee camp Business Plan: Recycling Plant How did you decide to participate in FWEN? What have you gained from the program? When Hayfa and Ayat, two friends from Balata refugee camp, saw an advertisement for FWEN online, they knew it was the perfect opportunity for them to make their dream a reality. They had both graduated from An-Najah University in 2009 with degrees in chemical engineering, and their graduation project on recycling had won a scientific award from the Arab American University in Jenin. Hayfa and Ayat knew that they Continue reading…

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FWEN Profile: Rose

Name: Rose Age: 25 years old Location: Askar refugee camp Business Plan: Hairdresser’s Salon How did you decide to participate in FWEN? What have you gained from the program? Rose graduated from An-Najah University in 2008 with a degree in social science, but was never able to find a job related to her degree. She was taking a computer class at a local community center when she saw an advertisement for the FWEN program online. She had already worked for nine years in her family’s informal hairdresser business run out of their home (first assisting her aunt, then taking over Continue reading…

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FWEN Profile: Rima & Afnan

Name: Rima and Afnan Age: 26 years old and 28 years old Location: Beit Tiba village, outside of Nablus Business Plan: Coffee Roaster How did you decide to participate in FWEN? What have you gained from the program? Graduating together from Al-Quds Open University in 2009 with a degree in social science, these two sisters already had the idea to start their own business. When they saw an advertisement for the FWEN program at the An-Najah career office, they decided to apply. Their brother works as a coffee roaster in Nablus, which gave them the idea for their own business. Continue reading…

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TYO and Citizen Diplomacy

As you can read from recent posts by our fantastic Fall 2010 interns, intercultural exchange is an important priority for TYO. Our American staff and volunteers are important ambassadors in Nablus. Similarly, they are able to learn a great deal about Nabulsi life and culture, which they bring back to their communities in the US after their work with TYO. Inasmuch, we’re very excited to participate in the first-ever Summit on Citizen Diplomacy, hosted by the US Center for Citizen Diplomacy, under the auspices of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington DC this week. See the full agenda here, Continue reading…