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From the TV Screen Straight to the Heart

Over the past two years, the term refugee has moved from humanitarian development circles into living rooms around the world as international crisis and crisis force men, women, and children to flee their homes for safety. From the flicker of the television screen and cultural, linguistic, political, and religious divides, it can be difficult to process the lives of those living as refugees. Palestinian American poet, songwriter, and novelist Naomi Shihab Nye stated, “You know, those of us who leave our homes in the morning and expect to find them there when we go back- it’s hard for us to Continue reading…

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Celebrate Kids on International Children’s Day!

Happy International Children’s Day! In 1925, The World Conference for the Well-Being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland declared June 1st as International Children’s Day in an effort to raise awareness about the unique issues children face as they learn and grow in an adult world. Fred Rogers, American television personality and creator and host of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, stated, “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” Here at TYO, we couldn’t agree more! For the children of TYO, of Continue reading…

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Lonely No More: An Interview With Minna

Minna is 3rd grade student from the neighborhood of Khallet al Amood. She heard about TYO from her friends at school. The students were enrolled in the Core program and told Minna about the activities they do and how fun they have at TYO. After hearing about the opportunity to play with other kids her age, Minna decided to register for the Core Child Program. This is Minna’s first session at TYO. Hi, Minna! Why did you decide to enroll in the Core Child Program at TYO? The main reason I decided to join TYO is there is no one Continue reading…

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Humans of Nablus 38

“The children aren’t looking for someone to improve their lives through donations or monetary contributions but by feeling heard and understood by others.” “In general, I don’t need money but I work here because I want to help others and help build my community in order to grow a brighter future for its inhabitants.” .الاطفال ليسوا بحاجه لفلوس و تمويل ولكن بحاجة لمن يؤمن بهم و يسمعهم و يفهمهم في الغالب انا لست بحاجة ماسه للمال و لكن انا اتواجد و اعمل هنا من اجل مساعدة الاخرين و اشارك في بناء غد مشرق لمجتمعنا Masarah is a volunteer for the Continue reading…

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Interview with Sonia Abu Ayyesh

Can you tell me about any changes you have seen in your daughter Malak since she joined TYO’s Core program? How were they before, during, and after? Malak has had the pleasure of participating in two Core Early Childhood Program sessions. Before joining TYO, she was very shy, would run away from strangers, and refused to talk to anyone who was not in our immediate family. She was afraid of most people and if someone came to our door, she would run and hide. She was also very sensitive—simple questions would make her run away and cry. Now she loves Continue reading…

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Suzan Afaneh: A Palestinian Success Story

Suzan Afaneh is a 26 year old graduate from An-Najah University with a Marketing degree. Originally from Azmout Village outside Nablus, Susan has been a volunteer with TYO in the Core Early Childhood Program for one session. After graduation, she worked several jobs as a salesperson, but did not enjoy this type of work. She says she felt something missing from her life and from her personality that kept her from being a success in her career. It was a miserable experience for her and she felt disappointed with herself. She began to search for opportunities that would good for Continue reading…

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Answering the Call for Creativity

I spent my first Friday in Nablus with one of TYO’s youth volunteers and her family. She has five children and her oldest daughter had just begun her final year of high school. I was there for many hours enjoying lunch and was struck by her daughter’s dedication to studying for the Tawjihi, the matriculation exam used in Palestinian schools. As I helped her review some of her English comprehension, she explained that high marks determine where you can go to university and even dictate the job you can get. She explained that you begin to prepare for this exam Continue reading…

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An American in Nablus

When you are given a job that requires all of your undivided attention, like teaching English to 240 wonderful Palestinian children, it is easy to put blinders on and solely concentrate on the task at hand. When I was recently asked how I was exercising cross-cultural exchange I thought: I’m doing it every day by teaching English, a foreign language. It never occurred to me that I am, in fact, doing much more by merely being around the volunteers and staff at TYO. I speak very little Arabic and the language barrier has posed a number of challenges, many of which Continue reading…

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Racing Through The Alphabet

The kids were getting restless at the starting line. As the volunteers called out the student’s names, two came to life with excitement and rushed over to receive the ball they would use to complete the relay. The stakes were high— if the students didn’t remember what they were supposed to shout when they reached the finish line, they wouldn’t be allowed to pass the ball to their teammates. Beforehand, we reviewed the magic words and practiced how to enunciate them; however, apple and ball are not easy to remember when you’re running full speed ahead and being cheerfully encouraged Continue reading…

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Stepping Up Early Childhood Education

Earlier this month, Vicki Palmer – an early childhood teaching veteran and founder of TicTacTeach, an online community and resource center for early childhood educators – shared with us the Key Benefits of Early Childhood Education. For Palmer, the first few years of a child’s life are most important for teaching life skills: cooperation, resilience, enthusiasm for life-long learning, exposure to diversity and respect, concentration, patience, and self-esteem. Palmer notes, “When children are young, they are learning sponges. Every new experience, every word they learn, every behavior they adopt, is an investment in a more fruitful future” – and there Continue reading…