A summer birthday wish

I was born on August 7. Growing up, my birthday always fell smack in the middle of family vacations, sleep-away camp, and back-to-school doctor visits: there were never cupcakes in class to celebrate My Big Day. I’ve overcome this childhood struggle, and am now grateful for the chance to mark the rapid passing of years in vacation spots around the world!

But this summer, I do want a school-style party for my birthday. Or pretty close: my birthday wish is for a kid-friendly shebang on August 12 at TYO Nablus. We will be celebrating the UN’s International Youth Day, which happens to fall on the last day of TYO’s summer programs.

I’m asking friends to contribute what they can toward the party, and topping up each gift to a total of $30 (in honor of next year’s truly Big Day!). Our donations (tax deductible for US citizens, of course) will support transportation for our refugee families to get to the TYO Center, party snacks, give-aways for the kids, and an appreciation lunch for the local and international youth volunteers who help with the event!

Check out our TYO wish and help us make it a wonderful day!

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Photo of the Day

Aya Maletat enjoys a surprise birthday party at TYO in honor of her 21st birthday.

Photo of the Day


TYO volunteers surprise their peer Salam Joudeh with a birthday party.

Salam began volunteering with TYO at the beginning of the Spring 2009 Session. She is part of the TYO Tutoring Program in which university-aged students provide homework help and positive role models to disadvantaged schoolchildren.  Salam studies French at An Najah University in Nablus.