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Congratulations TYO Champion, Usama Malik!

Thanks to my family, friends, and TYO for their love and support. Honored to have had the privilege to engage with my inspirational community to reach our goal for TYO. Sorry to have broken my commitment. Recovery and redemption ahead. I will announce my redemption song in the coming days, and provide more context and reflections to end this particular chapter. -Usama Malik On Tuesday, three-quarters into stage three of the Racing the Planet – Jordan 2012 race Usama Malik was forced to withdraw due to a pre-existing ITB injury that worsened over the first couple of days of the Continue reading…

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Racing the Planet Flashback: Sahara Race 2011

In just two short weeks Usama Malik will be Racing the Planet across 150 miles of the Jordanian desert, from Wadi Ram to Petra. His efforts will contribute not only to raising awareness for TYO’s programs, but also help to raise funds for our 50k in 50 days campaign that will allow us to feed healthy snacks to the hundreds of children that participate in our programming each year. Malik’s commitment to TYO began long before this race, when last summer he Raced the Planet through 150 miles of the Sahara and raised 30k to support TYO. During this week-long undertaking Continue reading…

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Racing the Planet 2 : We Heart U!

I started running a little over two years ago, shortly after my 35th birthday, in January 2010. A couple of months later I stumbled on the 4 Deserts website, found it familiar (a good friend had participated in two races and had recounted the experience to me at some point), found the Sahara Desert race in Egypt for October 2011, paid thousands of dollars to register for it and locked myself in. I proposed tying my effort to Tomorrow’s Youth Organization (TYO)  – an organization with an honorable mission and commendable people who are intent on positively changing the Middle East one Continue reading…

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Usama Begins Race through the Sahara

Seven months of training. Weeks of fundraising. A full day of travel. After arriving in Egypt, Usama Malik embarked on the first stage of his 156-mile race at 7 o’clock yesterday morning. He finished Stage 1 strong, ate, slept, and is now four hours into the second 25-mile stage of the race. You can follow his progress by reading his blog. Find out how the campaign is doing and see when Usama will be running your mile: Related posts:New Van helps TYO to unite NablusTYO is participating in GlobalGiving’s Global Open, can you help us win up to $6,000 in Continue reading…

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Race to the Finish Line

We’re extending our campaign for $25k until October 8, giving you just 2 more weeks to get involved!  Help us cross our fundraising finish line on the same day that Usama completes his 250 km/156 mile race. Usama is braving temperatures up to 122°F and carrying everything he needs on his back to finish this 6 marathon race for TYO.  He’s doing it to bring TYO’s powerful programs to more disadvantaged communities and individuals throughout Palestine and the Middle East.  Your contribution will make a huge difference in the lives of TYO’s children, youth, mothers, and women entrepreneurs. The best Continue reading…

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Racing the Planet

My brother, Usama, started running on January 18, 2010. Though he has always been fit, he took up running for the sake of a new hobby. He has always pushed the limits of mind and body. It is only natural then that he would not just begin running but then sign up for a 150+ mile week-long race through the Egyptian Sahara. I got an email from him a few weeks before he signed up for the race with a link and his comment, “I think I am going to do this.” My siblings and I were skeptical and concerned Continue reading…

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Ready…Set…Go!

TYO’s $25k in 25 days campaign starts today! From now until September 25, we’re inviting you to adopt, join, and mobilize the 250 km/156 miles of Usama Malik’s race through the Sahara Desert. With your support, we can ensure that this race makes a huge difference in the lives of the children, youth, women, and parents that TYO serves. We’ve only got 25 days to do this, so head over to Crowdrise right now to help us raise $25k in 25 days! Related posts:Racing the Planet for TYO – $25k in 25 days Usama Begins Race through the Sahara Racing Continue reading…

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TYO’s Community Impact

Why is Usama Malik running 250 km/156 miles through the Sahara Desert? To ensure the continued profound and positive impact of TYO on the communities it serves. The stories of just one entrepreneur and one volunteer reveal the broad ripple effect of TYO’s programs on individuals, their families, and the community at large. Nehaya, Restaurant Owner Take one of our FWEN program participants, Nehaya, as an example. As a student at An-Najah University, she noticed that the students living far from their families craved home-cooked meals. She came up with a solution–establish a restaurant to offer traditional Palestinian “comfort food,” Continue reading…

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Racing the Planet for TYO – $25k in 25 days

In just over a month, TYO friend Usama Malik will race through the Sahara Desert for seven days to raise funds for TYO!  During the race, he will cover an amazing 250 km/156 miles of desert sand while facing temperatures up to 122°F.  The Sahara Race is part of the 4Deserts series, which TIME magazine has named one of the Top 10 Endurance Competitions in the world. Want to ensure that Usama’s incredible feat translates into meaningful programs for some of the Middle East’s most marginalized populations? Join the Racing the Planet for TYO campaign. Start of the Sahara race Continue reading…