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- $10 will buy 2 books for our child-friendly library
- $25 will buy 25 plates to serve hot meals
- $50 will provide shelves for either our library or kitchen
- $75 will buy 3 educational board games
- $100 will provide 4 bag bean chairs for our child-friendly library
- $200 will help fund a dishwasher
- $500 will buy a refrigerator
- Purchase kitchen equipment and food to offer hot meals for children and nutrition classes for mothers
- Build a child-friendly library with books and storytelling tools to bolster kids’ literacy skills, love of learning and tools for healthy self-expression.
The TYO Team!
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Thank you to everyone who helped Tomorrow’s Youth Organization in America’s Giving Challenge. The competition was incredibly stiff, and we did not win a top prize. However, we finished in the top 2% of over 6,000 organizations who participated – a real achievement for us in our very first Giving Challenge!
And even more importantly, we raised so much awareness about our cause and organization! In the last month, I have talked to so many people who are excited about TYO and our work. Maggie, a former intern, emailed over 50 friends and family members about her experience at TYO last summer and asked them to donate. Triple Exposure Coordinator Doris recruited six of her friends as donors, all of whom are recent college graduates, which speaks to their philanthropic spirit. Maggie, Doris and other like them became the voice of TYO during this challenge. They shared their personal experiences in Nablus with others, impressing upon their audience the importance of our work, which they have seen firsthand. Further, 200 new friends joined our Cause on Facebook in the last month!
In total we had 100 donors and raised a total of $2,065! It was an incredible effort by all! These gifts will be put toward renovations for our Nablus Center, including an high-priority goal for 2010 to outfit our kitchen with basic equipment in order to offer more complete, nutritious meals for TYO participants, and basic nutrition and sanitation classes for our mothers.
Thank you everyone!
Chelsey is the Program Coordinator at TYO Nablus.
August 12 is the last day of TYO’s 2009 Summer Program. It also happens to be the UN’s International Youth Day.
We want to end our awesome summer with a bang, showing off all that our kids have learned and accomplished over the last 2 months.
By supporting the event, you’ll help us provide fun and games, healthy (and delicious – we swear!) snacks, and take-home treats for 400 4-18 year olds in Nablus. We’ve already got dried fruit snacks, a dabka dance group, and clowns, but with just $2.50 per child we can really thrill these kids!
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A generous donation from a philanthropist in Cairo funded the purchase of a new 19-passenger van for the Tomorrow’s Youth Organization center in Nablus! The van means a lot to TYO’s entire community, because they come to TYO from all over the city of Nablus and its refugee camps.
As a result of poverty, minimal public transportation infrastructure, and the safety risks of moving around the city, most Nabulsis with whom we work have never ventured beyond their immediate neighborhoods. Further, the large population of the three refugee camps within the city limits (about 1/3 of Nablus’s 120,000 people) is as isolated from residents of the ‘city’ of Nablus as those in the far-away city of Jerusalem.
Stereotypes and mistrust flourish as a result of this lack of exposure to residents of Nablus’s other camps and neighborhoods. Indeed, on the first days of each TYO session, we see a variety of name-calling, teasing, and occasional physical conflict among the children who live in different areas of the city. Tensions have even flared between mothers from different neighborhoods in aerobics and computer classes.
But these quickly subside as the participants get to know each other. This spring, one family said: “Our children have formed new friendships across Balata/Askar lines” [two refugee camps located next to each other on the edge of Nablus].
This summer, for the first time, we have opened registration for some of the summer camps run by international interns to families from the city of Nablus who do not live in the five at-risk areas where most of our beneficiaries live. With the incentive of enjoying a high-quality educational and fun summer program, both children and parents have put aside their stereotypes about people they don’t usually associate with and we’ve seen barriers tumble. Summer intern Doris reports that some of the new participants from the city request to visit other classes at TYO, eager to join in on the movie-making, photo-taking fun with the participants from the camps and our other primary target areas.
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Need to look up something? Maybe find a website?
Before you run to your go-to search engine, try GoodSearch, a search engine that donates to a non-profit each time you click “Search.” There’s also GoodShop, with links to Amazon, iTunes, eBay and many of your other favorite online shopping outlets! As much as 10% of your purchase will be donated to an organization of your choosing!
Support TYO on GoodSearch by signing up to give any donations to Tomorrow’s Youth Organization (McLean, VA). We’ve already raised $13 sitting in our offices!
As some of you may know, some items are just hard to come by in Nablus. We spent weeks looking for small, colorful pipe cleaners for crafts and, just as we were losing hope, our wonderful outreach specialist, Futoon, managed to find them!
For my science class, I was on the lookout for popsicle sticks. So many of my kids are interested in structural engineering and architecture that it made sense to start building bridges, houses, and anything else they wanted with popsicle sticks! You would not believe just how difficult it was to find popsicle sticks in Nablus. It may be my faulty Arabic, constant motioning to ice cream and saying the number “1000 please,” or my dissatisfaction with using tongue depressors as popsicle sticks from the local pharmacy, but I refused to give up on finding popsicle sticks.
Again, trusty and creative Futoon came to me with a bag of 1,000 popsicle sticks donated from the generous Al-Arz Ice Cream Factory. For that, my class and I thank you, Al-Arz Factory! The kids have been using the popsicle sticks with lots of enthusiasm to learn some basic physics and develop patience with falling towers.
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Tomorrow’s Youth Organization is hugely grateful to Craig Newmark, customer service rep and founder of craigslist, for today’s donation of $10,000! We also appreciate efforts by the Clinton Global Initiative and US-Palestine Partnership that helped Craig find us in his efforts to improve life in the West Bank through access to technology.
The funds will be used to buy 9 updated, web-ready computers and necessary accessories for TYO’s computer lab in Nablus. This hardware will enable the most disadvantaged and marginalized children, youth and women in Nablus, Palestine to connect with old and new friends and resources beyond their city, which is encircled by military checkpoints.
Keep your eyes on this page to see the computers in action once we get them purchased and installed! A preview of how the computers will make life better in Nablus is available here. In the meantime, shukran ktir, Craig, from the whole TYO Nablus community!