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5 Ways to Strengthen ECE

The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science recently published a new Call to Action and Policy Brief about how to fill children’s potential, through Early Childhood interventions. Through their extensive research they concluded that following five actions can make the greatest difference in children’s lives: Integrate nutrition and child development interventions for young children and their families, wherever possible. This includes interventions that have both nutrition and health components delivered simultaneously to the families and their children, with the objective that they reinforce each other and are cost-effective. Focus on learning and nutrition in early childhood by promoting high-quality family care. Early in life, Continue reading…

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WISE II Entrepreneur Profile: Jinan

Jinan’s Business: Needle and Thread Originally from Nablus, Palestine, Jinan learned the tradition of embroidery as a hobby when she was a child. After getting married, she started to make embroidered household items such as pillows and lampshades to decorate her new home. When Jinan hosted guests, they would admire her work and began requesting her to produce similar items for their home. It was then that she realized that she could turn her hobby into a business. In 2000, Jinan created her informal business with the savings she accumulated from working at a sewing factory in high school and Continue reading…

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Intern Journal: The Journey Never Ends

Our Summer 2015 International Intern Ash Calderon returns to the United States this week after serving as an intern with the Core Child Program for two months.  Read on to learn more about her experiences and the lessons she’ll be taking with her as she leaves TYO and Nablus. I can remember the anxiety I felt as a nearly graduated senior at the University of Redlands; the anxiety of 4 years of sleepless nights, hard work, and Cup-of-Noodles, ultimately resulting in what kind of job I could get as soon as I graduated. I knew many recent graduates identified with Continue reading…

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Raising Islam

Four years ago, we brought you the story of Islam from Askar Refugee Camp in Nablus. On the occasion of World Refugee Day, we caught up with Islam who is now in the 8th grade. This is his story in his own words: I hate the word “refugee”. I know my family is originally from Yaffa and that we had to flee our homes when the Israeli’s took our land. We ran away to be safe and this is why they call us refugees.  I go to a UN school that is very crowded. There is a lot of violence in the school. Boys are very Continue reading…

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In Memory of Thomas Wolfe

TYO mourns the passing of Tom Wolfe, our dear friend and long-time supporter of TYO and its work in Palestine. Thank you for all that you have done to change the lives of children, women and youth in Nablus. Related posts:FWEN Alumna, Sahar Dwaikat Attends Insight Dubai ConferenceA Park for Deir Al HatabUnlocking the door to employment opportunities

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TYO Core Teacher and Volunteer Alumni: Where Are They Now?

Ahmad Bshara graduated from An-Najah University in January 2012 with a BA in English Language and Literature. During his time as a university student, some of his friends who were volunteering at TYO told him about the volunteer program and encouraged him to apply.  “I was like, sure I want to work with foreigners and improve my language.  So, I applied here to work as a translator with American interns.”  Ahmad became a volunteer for TYO’s after school programming in conjunction with our International Internship Program and quickly saw what a special place TYO is.  “I thought I would be Continue reading…

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WISE II Entrepreneur Profile: Fida

Fida’s Business: Happy Kids – Nazlet Zeid Preschool Fida’, comes from Ya’bad, a small village 20 km west of Jenin, Palestine. In 2009, with the construction of the separation wall and expansion of nearby settlements, the village became increasingly isolated. That is when Fida’, realizing the need for a safe place for children to learn and play, opened up the first preschool in the area. The community was very supportive of the idea and offered assistance by providing a space at a discounted rate in the nearby village of Nazlet Zeid. After realizing the importance of the school, the community Continue reading…

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Youth In Focus: An Interview with Asmaa H.

Asmaa is from Beit Imreen, a village outside of Nablus. She graduated from An-Najah University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Arabic Teaching Methods. What sparked your interest in TYO’s Youth Service Learning Program? How did you hear about TYO? I heard about TYO from my friends who had previously volunteered here. They told me how much they enjoyed working with children in TYO’s education programs and how helpful the experience had been in developing them both personally and professionally. I thought it would be a great opportunity, particularly for me to get experience working with children since I know Continue reading…

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Leading by Example: An Interview with Core Teacher Amal

Close your eyes for a moment and reflect on someone who has inspired you. Is it your parents? An employer who became a mentor? A sibling or friend? Whomever this person is, they have inspired you in some meaningful way; enough so that you have remembered them and strived to emulate them. Maybe they inspired you to be more kind and compassionate. Maybe they inspired you to get better grades in school. Maybe they inspired you to give 100% of yourself everyday. This person affects you—and probably others—in a positive and life-changing way. At TYO, I have found the staff Continue reading…

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TYO’s Spring 2015 Session: Looking Back, Stepping Forward

Last week, TYO wrapped up the Spring 2015 session of our Core early childhood education program. Reflecting on the past 4 months – particularly looking back on the February day children in our Core 4-5 year old program first stepped foot into the center – we have seen real and incredible growth in many of our children. Our Core team can certainly attest to the challenges that those first few days of the program present. For some children, it is their first time spending time away from their parents and familiar home environment, and so they struggle to adjust to a Continue reading…