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WEL Beneficiary Ms. Houwayda Charaf el Dine Invited to Speak at London Conference!

  TYO and TYO Lebanon are honored to participate in the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women’s new Enterprise Development Programme Launch in November of this year! As our WEL program has shown so much progress, WEL beneficiary Ms. Houwayda Charaf el Dine was also invited to give a 5-minute presentation on her experiences with the WEL project. Mrs. Cherie Blair will also be speaking at the event. We are so proud of Houwayda and wanted to share her story with you, again. See below our past interview with Ms. Houwayda Charaf El Dine! What is your personal background? My name Continue reading…

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Seven Psychiatrists in Palestine

The Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Network (MHPSS), is an international organization that works to connect people, networks and organizations to encourage the sharing of resources and the building of knowledge related to mental health and psychosocial support. Every month, I have the opportunity to participate in the MHPSS working group, updating like-minded organizations and individuals about TYO’s programs and recent research and findings. We aim to establish a strong network of NGOs who can join together and work to make mental health a more pressing issue for the Palestinian government. Lately, we have been focusing on asking government representatives Continue reading…

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YLC Completes Skill-Based Trainings with YALLA Participants

The Youth Leadership Committee (YLC) is a group of eight university students who are active citizens of Nablus working to build work-related and life skills, while increasing their role in the community. Having completed 50 hours of intensive, skill-based training led by local experts, YLC members applied their newly acquired leadership, communications, reporting, and management skills to evaluate a call for applications for youth-identified community initiatives. Currently they are reviewing and fine-tuning eight initiatives submitted by 13 local youth, or participants of Youth Action Local Leadership Alliance (YALLA). YALLA is a youth-led civic engagement program – supported by the US State Department’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) – that targets youth aged 12-21.The YLC will assist in selecting three of these initiatives to be funded, and devise implementation, monitoring and evaluation plans for each, engaging applicants and other TYO volunteers throughout the process. Continue reading

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Guest Post: A Chance Meeting in Beirut

This week we present the second in our series of guest blog posts from our Pangea Advisors team from Columbia Business School. Enjoy today’s post by Eric Amaso and tune in next Wednesday for the final Pangea installment from Eric Kuo. As I reminisce about our time in Lebanon I cant help but think about Khalil, the young Lebanese boy I met only a few hours after our plane landed in Beirut. An extremely handsome boy, Khalil spoke no English, but we found that communicating through head nods and hand gestures worked just fine. It was clear that Khalil was Continue reading…

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Guest Post: Supporting the Women of Lebanon

Last month we introduced the talented team who will be advising TYO this spring as part of the Pangea Advisors at Columbia Business School. We are pleased to announce that for the next three Wednesdays the team will be guest blogging about their experiences on their recent trip to Lebanon and work with TYO. Enjoy today’s post by Mallika Daswani and tune in next Wednesday for more Pangea perspectives. A student at Columbia Business School’s Executive MBA program and a member of Pangea, a pro-bono consulting arm of the school’s Management Consulting Association, I arrived in beautiful Beirut Lebanon or Continue reading…

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Writing Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Emergencies

During the Second Intifada, Palestinians experienced daily invasions into their homes, streets, and markets by Israeli soldiers. We lived in a state of emergency, feeling that at any moment someone could die. Even though we had experienced Occupation since 1967, the events of the Second Intifada made it clear that social workers and psychologists were still unprepared to deal with the emergency situation. We asked: What should we do? How can we start? Where should we go? Which camp first? All of Palestinian society was emotionally destroyed and dysfunctional. In government and NGOs alike, we discovered that we had no Continue reading…

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Children Detained

“Impact of Child Detention: Occupied Palestinian Territory” is the title of a report launched at a workshop that I attended on March 12, 2012 in Ramallah. Save the Children and the YMCA have worked together since 2009 to document the psychological impact of child detention on children and their families. The study’s methodology includes focus group discussions and a desk review of background documents on currently and formerly detained children. Save the Children and the YMCA collected and analyzed those documents in order to evaluate their program, Post-Trauma Rehabilitation of Palestinian Ex-detainee Children in the West Bank. The baseline study Continue reading…

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Pangea Delegation from Columbia Business School Visits TYO Lebanon

      TYO is pleased to announce that we are collaborating for the second time with Columbia Business School’s Pangea Advisors! Pangea Advisors is the pro-bono consulting group of the International Development Club at Columbia Business School. Pangea matches teams of 3-5 students with international clients every each semester. The team, supported by a faculty or professional mentor, completes a consulting engagement on a problem defined by clients. Student consultants travel to meet with their clients, gaining a unique educational experience. This spring a team of three business school students will consult with TYO management on internet marketing and Continue reading…

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The Women’s Group: Professor Nuha Shaer

As The Women’s Group (TWG) enters week seven of TYO’s fall session, our local partners have established strong relationships with the women attending the seminars. The response of the women to nascent program has been incredibly positive, as reflected in midterm debriefings with the group. Several women specifically expressed their extreme gratitude for the seminars with Nuha Shaer, professor of social work at An-Najah University. 61 percent of the West Bank’s two million residents are under 24 years of age, so it is inevitable that women in the program identified healthy development of vulnerable adolescents in the home and community Continue reading…

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Nehaya at the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women Mentoring Women in Business Program Launch

Mentoring Women in Business, a new program launched by the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women (CBFW), aims to help women business owners in Africa, South Asia and the Middle East further their marketing, technological and financial skills. On October 5th at the three-day conference held to launch the program, Mrs. Blair dubbed the entrepreneurs the “missing middles”, and said she hopes to match 1,000 female entrepreneurs in developing nations with business mentors from around the world by 2014. One of TYO’s very own women entrepreneurs, Nehaya Bader, was chosen to join the program launch, and TYO caught up with her Continue reading…