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Welcoming Our Fall 2017 Interns!

Introducing the Fall 2017 Intern team! 4 international interns from the United States, Ireland, and England have been selected to lead English classes with children and youth. Read all about them!   Tallin Tallin grew up right outside of Washington D.C, in Takoma Park, Maryland. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Linguistics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in a rather unorthodox fashion. While obtaining her university degree, Tallin lived in Nicaragua, Turkey, Chile and Slovenia. While in Nicaragua, Tallin discovered her passion for linguistics and learned Spanish. She then turned her love of languages into a career choice by teaching English in Istanbul, Turkey. After Continue reading…

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Giggles and Splashes

Growing up in Southern Illinois, swimming was a central part of summer activities. Each spring was spent in anticipation of the time when days would become warm enough to jump into water and play with friends. In this region of the United States, the high number of lakes, rivers, and ponds also make swimming skills necessary for safety. My parents made it their mission to ensure I participated in swim lessons from a young age. Although it took a long time for me to put my face underwater, I learned to count on swimming as an enjoyable and key element Continue reading…

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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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Earth Day Everyday

Art is a universal method of communication that does not depend upon language or structure to share a message. At TYO, the importance of art as a form of expression and source of joy can  be viewed throughout the building through paintings, photographs, and creative projects. Participants across TYO’s programs have the opportunity to create and build their message through various art projects with special emphasis placed on using recycled materials. By using recycled materials, it becomes clear that something beautiful can be made with items other people might consider to be without value. For the children in TYO’s early childhood 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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Welcoming Our Spring 2017 Interns!

  Introducing the Spring 2017 Intern team! 4 international interns from the United States and Ireland have been selected to lead a variety of classes with children, youth, and women. Read all about them!   Haya Haya is from the United States of America and has lived in Houston, Texas since the age of 3. Haya graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in History with minors in Psychology and Health from the University of Houston. She also has worked in the nonprofit sector at an international branch of the YMCA serving as a refugee resettlement agency. Haya hopes to obtain a graduate Continue reading…

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To Give Joy is to Get Joy: The Success Story of Masarah Kana’an

Masarah Kana’an was born and raised in Nablus. She studied Early Childhood Education at Al Rawda College until her graduation in 2014. Masarah has been active with TYO since February 2016 as both a student in the STEP! II EFL Program and as a volunteer with the Youth Service Learning Program. tAlways eager to help others, Masarah began volunteering with the Core Child Program because she wants to help educate and help children to grow in a positive atmosphere within the Nablus community. What has your professional experience been like outside of TYO? While I was studying at Al Rawda 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…