We fund programs, projects or products that aim to positively impact the lives of communities (children, youth, families, etc.) affected by conflict and war in the Middle East.
Refugee children live under unusual and difficult conditions with little or no access to technology that can improve their lives. With our innovative programs, we are reaching a wide range of children with groundbreaking technology that teach them literacy skills and improve their access to higher education.
Millions of refugee children are missing out on an education. Without an opportunity to learn, they risk becoming a lost generation with little chance for a better future. Through sustainable programs, our Fellows are working to ensure refugees can learn and develop the skills they need to succeed in life.
The development of the "whole child" from early childhood through adolescence is critical to long-term development and success of all children. Blossom Hill is committed to providing innovative initiatives for refugee children that will not only prepare them for learning and academic success, but empower them with life skills as they continue to live under difficult conditions.
For refugee youth whose education has been interrupted and ability to earn a livelihood undermined by war and conflict, the future is bleak. We are dedicated to empowering these youth to break from the cycle of poverty by offering innovative vocational training in computer skills, business entrepreneurship and language instruction.
Blossom Hill seeks passionate, committed individuals with innovative ideas about how to improve the lives of war-affected children from the Middle East.
A Fiscal sponsor must be a U.S. registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. Fiscal sponsors will be required to agree to manage and disburse funds to the Fellow according to the terms of the project.
Hands-on science is a surefire way to connect with every child. Blossom Hill Fellows Erika Gillette and Katerina Tsikalak are doing just that! Through their interactive science kits and training workshops for teachers of refugee students in Greece, they are helping overcome language barriers and teach science in a fun and meaningful way. The science kits engage, excite, and educate students through various experiments, and in the process, nurture budding scientists. They are being used by a number of local NGOs in Greece.
Recently, toy cars from one of the science kits went down the ramp in Andravida, Peloponnese, thanks to Nikos, a teacher at SOLIDARITYNOW! Nikos organized his class of boys and girls from Iraq and Syria into groups. Each team member had a different role: setting up the experiment, testing the car, and recording the observations. The teams rotated between different workstations and tested the toy cars, studying how the slope of the ramp affects their movement.
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Abdullah Nafieh, 23, is an alumnus of the Fronted Web Development program in Turkey -- one of Blossom Hill Fellows Alexandra Clare and Marcello Bonatto's coding bootcamps. He had been working as a Turkish, English, and Arabic translator but didn't like it much and didn't see himself continuing this work down the line. Then he discovered our Fellows' bootcamps.
Abdullah said: “I'm a self-learner who learns anytime, anything, anywhere and the bootcamp was providing the thing I wanted the most. I was learning by myself and I set a goal for myself - but then I found out that the bootcamp was the key component in helping me get there. It didn't just change my career, it gave me the chance to build the career I had always dreamed of. I’m really feeling amazing because I know how few people get this opportunity and my family and friends have been so supportive of me on this journey. My plan is to keep learning and to find a new job so I can use and improve the skills that I gained. I want to be one of those people who push boundaries and move the world one step forward - for the better.”
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