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Our Mission: TYO is an American, non-governmental organization that works in disadvantaged areas of the Middle East, enabling children, youth and parents to realize their potential as healthy, active and responsible family and community members. Read more

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    The Art of Making Mistakes

    “There is no such thing as a mistake in art.” Even now, years later, I can still remember my elementary school art teacher encouraging me to embrace mistakes. She showed me how a misplaced line or extra paint splotch could become a new design. There is always a way to transform an accident into an opportunity. As a child pre-occupied with perfection, art gave me space to develop at my own pace. I enjoyed learning without worrying about making mistakes. My elementary teacher must have known that using art in education helps students to develop and become well-rounded individuals. In Continue reading…

    November 23rd, 2017 | Read more

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    Humans of Nablus 39

    If I could give my younger self one piece of advice, it would be to just do what you want to do, and study what you want to study, no one can force you to do anything different. Try hard to achieve your goals because, if nothing else, at least you’re trying اذا استطعت  اعطاء  نصيحه صغيرة ستكون فقط اعمل ما تريد وادرس ما تريد دراسته ولا احد يستطيع اجبارك على عمل شيء مختلف.ابذل كل ما بوسعك للوصول الى هدفك لانك ان لم تبلغ مبتغاه عالاقل كان لك شرف المحاولة   Saffanah is a volunteer at TYO with the After-School Continue reading…

    November 9th, 2017 | Read more

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    A Fleeting Return

    It is easy for recollections of a place to fade almost as soon as your feet leave its soil. Indeed, as I adjusted back to life in mainland Europe, the problems and accuracy of past events begin to be dominated by new people, fresh adventures and daily quandaries. Unfortunately, my abysmal level of Arabic also returned to its original non-existent state. Of course, there are some elements which I could not forget even with distance and time. The children, teens and adults with whom I worked left a marked impression on me; their smiles, sadness and frustrations were all part Continue reading…

    November 2nd, 2017 | Read more

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    What Lies Beyond My Comfort Zone

    In three short weeks, the teachers, staff, and students at TYO have helped me to discover a new confidence that I did not know I had. That confidence has come to me through playing music. Whether singing for staff, learning to play the ukulele for children, drinking tea and playing music with the guard, or simply strumming a guitar on the balcony overlooking the valley, music has unlocked both the culture of Nablus and my own sense of identity and purpose. Music first began to shape my experience while I was singing for staff. The day before classes began, I Continue reading…

    October 26th, 2017 | Read more