Caring Coats Campaign

So far the Caring Coats Campaign has been a great success! We’ve already received a lot of winter clothing for our underprivileged children, and we would like to thank you for cleaning out your closets and thinking of the families in the cold.

But, we still need more! That’s why we have decided to extend the campaign until 7th December. Please spread the word and let us know how we can help you help the families in need before the winter really starts.

Caring Coat Campaign - with pictures

Learning new skills through basketball

Our pilot basketball program is now well under way, and 20 students from Bourj el Barajneh camp who have been participating have come a long way since they started.

Maya Hautefeuille, who has been photographing the sessions as part of our Play4Peace campaign, said about the project: “Each sunday, the kids showed up at the courts with boundless energy and whether practicing on their own or playing in a match, they always showed a great deal of teamwork among themselves. Under the guidance of ACS coaches, the kids learned to dribble, shoot hoops and pass the ball, often to the sound of their local hip hop music playing on the stereo, and sometimes to the catchy beat of their own drum. After the warm-up, they got into teams and played matches against each other, shouting at the top of their voices when a point was made. Running around trying to catch everyone in action, both the girls and boys loved to interact with the camera and make sure I caught them in mid-jump for effect. Although no one was quite tall enough to make a slam-dunk, the way the balls kept flying through the hoops was amazing – there’s definitely lots of dedication and talent for basketball in that young group!”

We are very grateful to the American Community School (ACS) for allowing us access to their facilities, and to the ACS volunteers for sparing their time and skills for this group of very enthusiastic students!

Here at ULYP, we really believe that all children have the right to safe, encouraging and nurturing recreational facilities and activities. In the future, we would love to run our ‘Play for Peace’ program on a much bigger scale, with many more than the current 20 students! For this reason, we are currently fundraising to build our very own basketball court at our campus in Dibbeyeh, which could be used for basketball, martial arts as well as improving motor skills for young children. We would be incredibly grateful if you could take 5 minutes to visit our Just Giving page and help us on the way to this dream with however much or little you can give. Thank you.

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Playing 4 Peace

If you’re a friend of ULYP on facebook or Twitter, you will have seen our posts about our new sports campaign, Play4Peace! After a series of successful meetings with Rama Chakaki, who has been advising ULYP on our social media and networking usage, we decided to launch our first online campaign to raise funds to build a basketball court at our campus in Dibbeyeh. The court will host a new program, Together in One Basket, which will give over 1000 children access to new sports, skills and friendships every year. In addition to basketball, the court will be used for other sports such as volleyball, mixed martial arts, and as a space to develop motor skills for young children. We believe that all children have the right to play sport in safe and well-equipped recreational spaces, but for the majority of underprivileged youth in Lebanon this is not the case. We have the land, coaches, and enthusiastic teams ready, we just need the court, and can go!

We have seen the unifying power of sport through our Football for Friendship program, and we are already piloting a basketball program at the American Community School (ACS) in Beirut with the help of volunteers from the school.

The campaign has involved posting regularly on facebook, Twitter, and the ULYP blog, as well as sending publicity e-mails, and running a Just Giving campaign. We have been very successful, and to date have raised over $8510of our $20,000 target (42%!), thanks to 33 generous donors.

We consider sports to be a uniting force for young people, and this is the drive behind our campaign. Every $100 contributes 1sqm to our basketball court, and takes us one step closer to achieving our goal of a united Lebanon. So please join us, donate whatever you can, and share our message with your family and friends. Thank you

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Playing for Peace

Bilal is a 13 year old Palestinian boy, who has lived for his entire life in Bourj Al-Barajneh camp, in the south of Beirut. He, along with 20 of his peers, has been given the opportunity to improve his basketball skills in collaboration with the American Community School of Beirut (ACS). Bilal is enthusiastic and excited about the new game and skills he is learning, and says he looks forward to the Sunday session for the whole week. 2 student basketball experts from ACS, supported by ULYP, are generously volunteering their time and skills to work on this project, and the students will improve their basketball skills and general physical fitness, as well as increasing their self-confidence and making new friends along the way!

For Bilal and his friends, this is the first ever experience of playing basketball, and although a little nervous during the first session, they soon learnt the basic rules and principles of the game, and their enthusiasm has blossomed. Each weekend, they work on specific skills, tactics, and rules through doing tailored activities, before splitting into teams and playing real basketball games. Their excitement and enjoyment at learning a new skill, especially in the well-equipped surroundings of ACS, is great for us to see, and really highlights the positive impact of ULYP’s work in the lives of young people in Lebanon, and especially children like Bilal, who otherwise do not have access to sports and recreation in a safe and nurturing environment.  We are very grateful to ACS for allowing us access to their facilities, and to our volunteers for sparing their time and skills for this group of very enthusiastic students!

Here at ULYP, we really believe that all children have the right to safe, encouraging and nurturing recreational facilities and activities. In the future, we would love to run our ‘Play for Peace’ program on a much bigger scale, with many more than the current 20 students! For this reason, we are currently fundraising to build our very own basketball court at our campus in Dibbeyeh, which could be used for basketball, martial arts, as well as improving motor skills for young children. We would be incredibly grateful if you could take 5 minutes to visit our Just Giving page, and help us on the way to this dream with however much or little you can give. Thank you.

http://www.justgiving.com/Volunteers-ULYP

Photo courtesy of Maya Hautefeuille

Photo courtesy of Maya Hautefeuille

Running for a united Lebanon.

RunnersThis year for the first time ULYP has partnered with the Beirut Marathon Association (BMA) and we have been encouraging our friends not just to run for Lebanon, but to run for a United Lebanon. There are many Lebanese NGOs who have partnered with the BMA this year, all who benefit by getting back a small percentage of the registration fee from every runner who signs up to run for them.

ULYP hoped to get at least 50 people to run with us, but after sending out dozens of emails and meeting with various interested groups we managed to get almost 170 runners! We are so thankful to all of our friends including FNB, the Manchester United Lebanon club, and some local school kids and mums, who helped us reach this fantastic number.

The money raised is going to fund a module of our SAWA project- an arts-based program that brings underprivileged children and youth together to unite through music, art, mosaics, and drama while practicing mutual understanding, citizenship and respect.

Some members of ULYP staff will also be running in the marathon relay’ on the 10th November, if you aren’t signed up to run then come along and support!

An Apple a day… makes a child HAPPY!

ACS students selling fresh Hammana apples.Last Wednesday as the first rays of sunlight began to shine on the Corniche of Beirut, ULYP’s organic apples arrived at The American Community School (ACS). With the help of some ACS Middle School students, the ULYP apple stall was set up and the smell of fresh apples filled the air.

Everyone who ate a delicious apple fresh from Hammana that day had a smile on their face: because by buying an apple, they all made a donation for children in need. All the money collected from selling the apples is going to ULYP’s HAPPY program (Healthy Alternative Program for Preschoolers and Youth). This gives underprivileged four to five year olds a head start in life by providing them with art, music, games, IT, English, reading and plenty of outdoor exploration, through which they are taught ULYP’s core values – respect of others, mutual understanding, cooperation and citizenship.

They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away… We say an apple a day makes a child HAPPY! Thank you to all the students and teachers at ACS for your support!