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Community Close-Ups with Triple Exposure

TYO’s photography students began the second module of Triple Exposure’s curriculum this week when they began to explore their communities with the camera. TYO encourages students to explore their place within Nablus and Nablus’ place within Palestine, the Middle East, and the world.  Activities like this one are designed to give students the tools to focus on personal citizen identities by connecting with their neighborhoods and more extensive surroundings.  By leaving the confines of the classroom and venturing into the heart of Nablus, Triple Exposure students have an opportunity to look at their city from a completely new perspective. This Continue reading…

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A Community is Like an Onion – It has Layers

The word ‘community’ has many different connotations and can take on a variety of meanings depending on context. To some, a community consists of the people closest to them, while for others a community can comprise the larger village, city or nation. Nevertheless, regardless of personal definition, it is clear that no matter how you define a community, they are unequivocally part of a larger framework on which all societal relations are based. Thus, though often overlooked, addressing issues regarding community interaction may be one of the most important lessons a child can learn. Addressing the differences and similarities between Continue reading…

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Unemployment among recent graduates

According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) in 2013, 50.6% of Palestinian graduates aged 20-29 with a BA or intermediate diploma were unemployed in 2012, a rise from 46.5% in 2011. Unemployment amongst this group was 40.9% in the West Bank and 63.2% in the Gaza Strip. Unemployment among recent graduates in Palestine is due to social and economic reasons. Socially, unemployment among females is higher than males. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, general unemployment among males has reached 31% in 2013, while female unemployment rates have risen to 82.9%. This is due to the Continue reading…

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A Future Nadia in Nablus?

It is believed, to the farthest reaches of the world, that the universal language of the human condition is love. I disagree. I believe it is gymnastics. Since the beginning of time, children spanning the globe have jumped, balanced, tumbled, stretched, flipped and rolled.  Children of all ages, of all shapes and sizes, children born with and children born without; children possessing Olympic-sized abilities and children who struggle with the simplest of skills: these children speak through the language of movement.  They share fear and strength, they share pride and determination, and they share enthusiasm and hard work.  Children in Continue reading…

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Triple Exposure ‘Lens’ Students the Tools to Develop Their Self-Identities

Over the past three weeks, students in TYO’s Triple Exposure Photography Program have been using new camera techniques to creatively express themselves through photography. Self-portraits have challenged students to place themselves, the photographers, in front of the camera before anything else. Enhancing their self-awareness and personal identities has been the first step toward capturing their individual perspectives of life in Nablus. In doing this, TYO’s amateur photographers have sought to transcend language and visually express who they are, where they come from, and how they feel. By using photography to represent how they see themselves, what they wish they were like, Continue reading…

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From Sweden to Morocco: Ayat & She Entrepreneurs

A native of Nablus, Ayat Atallah is a female entrepreneur who participated in both TYO’s Women’s Incubation Services for Entrepreneurs (WISE) Program and Fostering Women Entrepreneurs in Nablus (FWEN) programs. Ayat’s business, Takween, provides natural compost for farmers and homes, while also promoting environmental awareness in Palestine. In October 2013, Ayat traveled to Morocco to continue her participation in  She Entrepreneurs– a one year program focused on developing female social entrepreneurs through mentoring and networking. This latest trip was a continuation of Ayat’s travels to Sweden earlier this year with the program. Below, Ayat tells us about some of her experiences in Morocco, and how it Continue reading…

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Families: Can’t Live With Them Can’t Live Without Them

As Westerners, we’re used to the individualistic attitude that leaves us responsible for our achievements as well as our failures. However, here in Nablus we’ve had to adjust to a much more collective mindset. Here, people understand things in terms of their collective units, and at the base of everything is the family. Families here are usually extended rather than nuclear, and the size of a family can often determine power dynamics in an entire neighborhood. We can sometimes see this reflected in the way our kids interact with each other. With so much influence in the community, it’s no Continue reading…

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Invaluable Happenings

As a Zahi Khouri Fellow, I have had the opportunity to witness The Women’s Group in action. At TYO, “The Women’s Group was developed to expand on our support efforts for mothers; to offer them seminars on health, mental health, parenting & children’s needs, education & literacy, and women’s empowerment.” Distinguished speakers from all over Nablus “encourage women to engage in dialogue on topics that are commonly overlooked in their community”, such as gender equality, a woman’s value, and women’s participation in the community. According to recent medical research published in The Open Complementary Medicine Journal, “intermarriages occur and sometimes Continue reading…

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Fostering Young Pride in Palestine

You can hear the dull murmur once you hit the second floor stairwell.  With each step, the murmur escalates until you step into the first floor atrium melee and are greeted by nearly 100 little voices, all excited and anxious to start their day.  Here, smiles and giggles and eager faces abound. Every day, preschool-aged children arrive at TYO, travelling by bus from four Nablus-based refugee camps and two disadvantaged Nabulsi neighborhoods.  The three hours that our Core Child Morning Program children spend at TYO are often the only opportunity they have in their day to romp, play, and discover.  Continue reading…

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TYO’s Photographers Focus In On Personal Realities

Each photo taken by a Triple Exposure photography student at TYO is a self-portrait and each is a vignette of introspection that, as a whole, contributes to a personal narrative. These photos serve to chronicle both emotional and material vestiges of a student’s life experiences under political conflict. Equally as important to this process of self-exploration are reflections on photos taken by others, from which TYO’s students can extract internalized meanings and significance regardless of the photographer’s intentions. In Triple Exposure, a TYO program dedicated to engaging youth through art and self-expression, viewing is just as much an art as Continue reading…