This is an NGO that really makes a difference on the ground. The results are evident in the obvious development of the children and from the services that are offered to women. I had the pleasure of volunteering for the women's business incubation program as well as teaching some IT classes for women and could see very clearly the confidence boost women gained from learning new skills and learning to develop and market their businesses. Immeasurable. TYO is genuinely investing in the future of its beneficiaries and is one of the few NGOs in the region that I would support without reservation.
TYO is a stellar organization with a truly special staff and group of volunteers. They are making a difference on so many levels, both in the long-term and on a daily basis. It's a place where kids can let go of everything else and play, learn, laugh and just be kids. This is an organization that gets it; they know what it takes to improve the lives of the people they serve, and they show up every day to accomplish that mission with enthusiasm, perseverance and positivity. Keep it up, TYO!
TYO is special because everyone there genuinely cares about being a positive place for the kids and the women-not about trying to impress donors or follow industry trends. The focus and the resources are devoted 100% to their beneficiaries.
I think that what makes TYO unique is that if the American staff left Nablus today, there is such an amazing group of local volunteers and staff that the organization would continue to make real change through the variety of program it offers. TYO educates the program's participants, but also implements sustainable projects due to its ability to build a strong foundation of community support and participation. My experience in Nablus gave the the opportunity to understand how an efficient INGO is run, work with experienced staff who wanted to share their knowledge and experience, as well as the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the at-risk youth and women of Nablus. TYO is an amazing organization and I think the work they do will be fully realized when the youth they work with grow up and become the leaders of their own community.
TYO takes a multi-generational approach to supporting Palestinian refugees, working with pre-school aged youth through middle school aged, providing volunteer and professional development opportunities for adolescents and young adults, and educational opportunities for women. Programs focus on developing psychosocial skills, critical thinking, English, and technology skills, as well as on supporting women entrepreneurs in their businesses. The programs are designed to be responsive to community needs and interests, and provide a safe space for youth and adults alike to play and learn.
TYO provides women and children in an otherwise unpredictable environment stability in the form of psychosocial non-religious, non-political educational programming. I doubt anyone could find a more structured, efficient and effective NGO than TYO in Palestine or elsewhere. The wait list to get into the program is enough evidence of the wonderful things TYO is providing to the community. This is an organization that earned mine and my co-intern's respect by pushing us to connect with our students and the neighborhood. Support TYO, they deserve it!!
TYO is an incredibly special organization that works tirelessly to serve the Nablus and surrounding communities at a time when the critical needs of women and children in Palestine are often underrepresented and even ignored. I have seen firsthand the holistic and deeply thoughtful approach that everyone at TYO uses to best take on current challenges in the community, and the results are inspiring. On a personal level, my experience at TYO was a turning point in deciding to pursue studies, living and work in the region. More than any other place I have worked or volunteered, TYO changes the lives of those both in the community it serves and all those, like me, that have been fortunate enough to take part in it.
In a place where there are few safe public spaces for children to learn through play, TYO offers such an arena. I spent 8 months at TYO in Nablus – 3 months as a volunteer intern and 5 months as a projector coordinator. TYO is an asset to the local community it serves, and a focal point for Nabulsis - especially children and women - to get together and develop skills and confidence through education.
Both the international and local Palestinian staff work hard to ensure that TYO is efficiently run and effective in its psychosocial strategies for improving the lives of the local community.
TYO's holistic approach to community empowerment sets it apart from the many nonprofits working in Palestine. Not only do TYO programs directly benefit children at critical stages in the developmental period (early childhood education), but families and the Nablus community at large are also beneficiaries of TYO activities. It is a truly unique organization, one that exemplifies sustainable community development.