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TYO Round Up: Week of December

Happy almost New Year! In case you missed it, here are the posts from the last week of 2011. From all of us at TYO — we wish you a happy and healthy 2012!   Sunday, December 25 All good things must come to an end! The Fall 2011 INTERNS reflect on their semester in Nablus.   Monday, December 26 ‘Tis the season for warm clothes and GIVING! A generous donation from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church made possible winter goody bags for TYO children.   Wednesday, December 28 An interview with KHAMEES: A PhotoPhilanthropy grant recipient.   Thursday, December 29 Continue reading…

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TYO Recommends: December 30, 2011

As 2011 comes to a close, we’re recommending some inspirational profiles, awards, and lists of leading innovators. Happy New Year!   PERSON OF INTEREST: A profile of Palestinian-American PLAYWRIGHT, Betty Shamieh (US Consulate in Jerusalem). INSPIRATION: 16 people and organizations CHANGING the world in 2012 (Craigconnects.org). PHOTO STORY: The year in EDUCATION, featuring 7 innovators who are changing the way the world learns. VIDEO: A look back at the YEAR OF CHANGE in the Middle East with the Beirut bureau chief Anthony Shadid (NY Times). AWARD: Tomorrow is the last day to nominate a “DISRUPTIVE INNOVATOR” for learning (Learning without Frontiers). Continue reading…

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Ritu Sharma of Women Thrive Worldwide on the Global Status of Women

This week, Ritu Sharma, President and Co-Founder of Women Thrive Worldwide, appeared on CSPAN’s Washington Journal to discuss the organization’s ventures to improve the lives of women worldwide. Additionally, she spoke on the role the U.S. policy plays in this endeavor, and the potentially negative impact of budget cuts to foreign aid. Sharma argues that cuts in foreign aid threaten countries’ stability, especially in nations that are already experiencing turmoil due to poverty and food shortages. Her suggestions for improving this situation via investing in women include women’s economic empowerment, political participation, education and strengthening women’s organizations. TYO shares in their sentiments Continue reading…

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An Interview with Khamees: A PhotoPhilanthropy Grantee

Can you tell me more about this program? I learned about PhotoPhilanthropy and the Student Production Grants through TYO. The grant was given to any student, working with any non-profit organization working on educational issues. I chose a theme and I get to take photos surrounding this theme. Of course, I chose to work with TYO but decided to document the theme of child labor in Nablus. I hope to highlight this problem by taking photographs in various locations – including at the schools, in the camps and at their workplaces. I will also have the opportunity to partake in exhibitions in Continue reading…

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Spreading warmth during the winter season

Thanks to a generous donation from St. Paul’s Church in Chester, New York, TYO was able to give every child at the center in Nablus a gift-bag filled with warm winter clothes. Over 360 children aged 4-14 received a combination of sweaters, shoes, long underwear, socks, hats, scarves, underwear, and gloves.  Given that the homes and schools in the refugee camps are unheated, the children greatly appreciated their new items.  The day after the clothes were distributed, children returned to the center with beaming smiles as they sported their new warm clothes. Click through the slideshow belong to see photos Continue reading…

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All Good Things Must Come to an End

As our Fall 2011 Interns prepare to leave Nablus, they reflect on their experiences in Palestine and with TYO. It’s been a great session and we’re incredibly thankful to our dedicated and hardworking interns! Andrew People have recently been asking me “is Palestine different to what you expected?”, but whenever I hear that question it’s been really difficult to answer because I genuinely had no idea what to expect before I arrived. I knew it was a region of conflict, I knew there were people who were poor and displaced. I knew enough to know that it was a big Continue reading…

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TYO Round Up: Week of December 18, 2011

  This past week the Fall 2011 came to a close. Admist wrapping up the session, we also say thank you and good bye for now to outstanding interns Abi, Aimee, James, and Andrew as well as fellow, Daniela! Happy Holidays everyone and here’s what you missed this week from the TYO Blog: Sunday, December 18 The interns celebrate the end of a successful semester with a field trip to the ZOO.   Monday, December 19 Meet Suhad! An INTERVIEW with TYO’s psychosocial program manager.   Tuesday, December 20 Check in with Ahmad as he recounts his recent experience Euro-med Continue reading…

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TYO Recommends: December 23, 2011

  Hello and Happy Holidays!   In this week’s recommendations, we’ve uncovered some very interesting facts! Did you know that….   …Arabic is the fastest growing language on Twitter? Prince Talal of Saudi Arabia INVESTS $300M in the social media company (NY Times). …LOVE is a primary need (Early Childhood Brain Insights)? …there is a  DIFFERENCE between anxiety vs. stress (Huffington Post)? …women can make the world more PEACEFUL (Washington Times)? …MIT expanded its FREE ONLINE course offerings (NY Times)? …you don’t have to choose between PLAY & LEARNING (New America Foundation)? Related posts:TYO Recommends: February 10, 2012TYO Recommends: Friday, Continue reading…

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Interview with Ms. Samira Mansour

Samira is yet another one of the 20 women currently participating in the WEL project in North Lebanon and below we share with you our interview with Samira! What is your personal background? My name is Samira Ibrahim Mansour, from South Lebanon, I am 55 years old. I live with my husband and my four children in Kfarhabou, North Lebanon. I have a B.A in French Literature, and recently I am a member in a women’s association in my village. What is your business idea? As I have mentioned before I am from the South and my husband is from Continue reading…

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Triple Exposure

One of my favorite programs at TYO is Triple Exposure. For the past 2 years, Triple Exposure has harnessed the unique ability of art education to encourage creativity, self expression, and a sense of identity among youth. The stories of a land and people are heard around the world. The Palestinian youth art created at TYO is made available via the Triple Exposure website, the TYO blog, student photography exhibitions, and partnerships with international galleries and institutions. Check out the slide show below which captures some our favorite pics from 2011! -Humaira Humaira is the Center Director at TYO Related Continue reading…