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TYO Round Up: Week of June 24

This week TYO moves forward on schools projects, checks in on the YALLA initiative, recognizes the documentary work of one of our volunteers, talks personal happiness with the Women’s Group and catches up with the interns! Sunday, June 24 TYO-Lebanon brings talented university students from across the country together to initiate the Child Friendly Schools project.   Monday, June 25 The interns discuss deeper meanings behind simple words, actions and hand gestures, and how they’ve applied them in class.   Tuesday, June 26 An-Najah University student and longtime TYO volunteer Khamees Abu Saad shares his PhotoPhilanthropy documentary on child labor in Continue reading…

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TYO Recommends: Friday, June 29

  This week TYO explores a variety of photographs and annual reports, considers the value of student happiness in education, and congratulates the first Olympic athlete to represent Palestine! Interactive Annual Reports. UNHCR’s recently published global TRENDS report explores the state of refugees and impoverished women and children around the world and AMIDEAST’s ANNUAL report tells the stories of their most inspiring students, innovators, and programs. Informative infographics and extensive research makes each of these reports a wealth of information! Playing the Refugee Game. Could you survive as a refugee? Find out with the NEW APP from UNHCR. Make tough decisions and Continue reading…

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Five Tips for the Pursuit of Happiness

When attendees of The Women’s Group (TWG) are probed about what happiness means to them, we seldom hear answers like finding fulfillment in myself, a strong sense of self-confidence, or time alone to relax. Rather, the majority of the answers include “pleasing my husband, seeing to my children’s needs, satisfying my in-laws”. What contributes to this culture of suppression of self-fulfillment amongst women from our target groups in Palestine? TWG is partnered with Shirin Sayed, founder of ROA for Thinking and Creative Engineering, who has been trying to get to the bottom of it. Mrs. Sayed has found that attendees of TWG Continue reading…

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Overcoming Expectations (Transgressing Arbitrarily Enforced Limitations on Capacity)

Sarah Almost every day something new at TYO surprises me. One of the biggest and best surprises this week was when I asked a volunteer to read the students a story in my art class. We have been asked to include reading in our classes every week, to get the students interested in books. Many of the schools in Nablus lack exciting and age appropriate libraries, so reading a picture book is a unique opportunity for many of our kids. The volunteer who I asked to lead the story is always wonderful with my students, but somewhat quiet. When I Continue reading…

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YALLA Winners

Last week, the Youth Action Local Leadership Alliance (YALLA), a youth-led civic engagement program for youth ages 12-21, was pleased to announce the three strongest initiatives addressing societal and community issues. The three initiatives are “Get to Know Palestine” by Rakan Dbabseh, “Kids’ Park in Deir al-Hatab” by Wala’a Omar and “Campaign Against Junk Food” by Dima Nsasrh and Roula Khatatba. On Wednesday, June 20 , the Youth Leadership Committee (YLC) met the three winners and congratulated them. Throughout the rest of the project the YLC members will serve as mentors for these young committed leaders. Each YLC member was assigned to an initiative in order to Continue reading…

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The Faces of Child Labor in Nablus

Khamees Abu Saad is a student at An-Najah University and a long-time volunteer at TYO. Khamees is also a grantee of a PhotoPhilanthropy Student Production Grant, a student-non-profit collaboration where storytelling is advanced through visual imagery. As a volunteer in photography classes, Khamees has formed a strong relationship with TYO and has become passionate about non-governmental organizations and their ability to change lives. Through this grant, Khamees has been documenting the lives of five children in Palestine who must forgo schooling in order to work and support their families. Photos of homes, schools, and workplaces have captured the harmful relationship between child labor and Continue reading…

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Hidden Meanings

This week, we reflect on the important symbolism behind seemingly ordinary objects and interactions. Hannah Home. Such a simple, short word. Loaded with so many complex feelings and associations.  On World Refugee Day, my Art & Critical Thinking class for nine and ten-year-olds reflected on the meaning of home, as well as community. At first the answers were typical, ranging from family to neighborhood, but as I challenged them to think of these two words in the context of World Refugee Day, my students offered forth deeper, thoughtful answers. One girl spoke about the Bedouins who face a lot of Continue reading…

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Active Learning in Lebanon from 2nd Grade to University

TYO-Lebanon is in the process of recruiting university students for our Child Friendly Schools project. Students will be selected from some of the best universities in Beirut, such as American University of Beirut, Haigazian and the Lebanese American University. University students, along with select group of educators from the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, will participate in several workshops focused on the importance and implementation of non-formal and active learning. Not only will students have an amazing chance to educate themselves on a successful ECD model of intervention, they will also benefit from participating in a workshop environment with experienced teachers from Continue reading…

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TYO Round Up: Week of June 17, 2012

This week TYO honors World Refugee Day, explores initiatives, psychiatry and community needs in Nablus, and welcomes three new interns to the HQ staff!  Sunday, June 17 There are only seven psychiatrists in Palestine, but TYO still works to provide important psychiatric services to Core Program participants.   Monday, June 18 The international interns reflect on the Community Needs Assessment and its connection to their classes.   Tuesday, June 19 Meet Elly, Maddie and Rachel, the three new interns joining the headquarters team!   Wednesday, June 20 TYO introduces the YALLA initiatives, which suggest improvements on tourism in Palestine, a park for Continue reading…

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TYO Recommends: Friday, June 22

This week TYO recognizes World Refugee Day with inspiring stories from around the world, projects created and run by innovative refugees, and a summer reading list for both children and adults on refugee issues. Who are the Refugees? A British website tells the STORIES, struggles and successes of refugees now living in London. Personal testimonies tell of the turmoil in their home countries, the challenges of travel and preserving families, the job search in London and the new communities they’ve found. They tell humorous, uplifting and inspiring stories of survival, perseverance, and exposure to British culture, and as one Kurdish Continue reading…