“When I step onto the court, I don’t have to think about anything. If I have a problem off the court, I find that after I play, my mind is clearer and I can come up with a better solution. It’s like therapy. It relaxes me and allows me to solve problems.” – Michael Jordan
At ULYP, we are continually improving our campus. Three major refinements were achieved this quarter:
1. Football Field: We have just finished fully upgrading our football field. With the generous support of the United Palestinian Appeal and other donors, we have completely relayed the turf, covered the field for protection during the hot summer months and rainy winter days, re-fenced the perimeter, and installed lighting making it a sought after and exciting prospect for our beneficiaries.
Throughout many of our programs, we weave in sports and interactive learning to aid physical and mental well-being as well as to make the lessons as interactive and engaging as possible. By improving our campus facilities like the football field, we are not only providing an attractive space to host sports programs, but also a space to host interactive lessons and a large number of activities.
Excited about the new football field, Muhannad Bustani, a 9th grade student in Math4Success, said, “The field is very nice. I love playing football, it’s one of my best talents. The new field makes the experience on campus even more enjoyable.”
2. Rehabilitating ULYP’s housing: Through a generous grant from the Australian Embassy’s Direct Aid Program, we have been able to upgrade the main house at the ULYP campus, namely the bedrooms, bathrooms, and laundry room. This space is used by ULYP to accommodate the children and youth who live outside the radius of one hour from the campus, which allows ULYP to serve beneficiaries from all over Lebanon who come to campus to spend overnight retreats and participate in programs. This grant enabled ULYP to purchase new bedding, sheets, towels, and pillows for the bedrooms in addition to a new laundry machine, an industrial dryer, and curtains. The main house can now provide an even more comfortable, clean, and hospitable environment for our beneficiaries and guests who rent the villa!
3. Growing our HAPPY program: Given the popularity and success of our HAPPY program, we have decided to build an additional pre-school room to accommodate the growing numbers. We would like to thank Give a Child a Toy who has already provided us with funding to purchase all new furniture, equipment, and learning materials for the new space!