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Blossom Hill Fellow George Batah, who runs Syrian Youth Empowerment (SYE) has been proud to see the tremendous success of high school Syrian students who participated in his college preparation program. SYE students have gained admissions to top universities such as Harvard University, Stanford University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The excitement from these […]

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Leonie Zikos and Ruth Lockwood, our new Blossom Hill Fellows, are bringing much hope and to the Syrian refugee children living in Cappadocia, Turkey. Their unique psychosocial program that uses puppetry and drama to overcome the trauma of war, they are giving these children a second chance for a normal childhood and teaching them skills […]

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Blossom Hill Fellow Ragheb Al-Fakhouri believes everyone should have equal access to team sports. This month, he launched football as part of his Sports for All program. Every Saturday, refugee children and youth gather with Jordanian counterparts to play together. Besides being a great form of exercise, team sports, like football, build teamwork skills, promote […]

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Meet Sara Vispi. When Sara witnessed the “migrant crisis” in Europe and the brunt of its impact in Greece, she left her native Luxembourg and moved to Athens. The collapse of the financial institutions in 2009 left Greece with extreme economic and social challenges including a high level of unemployment. This creates considerable obstacles for […]

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Meet Leonie Zikos & Ruth Lockwood. Helping hands in the small town of Capadoccia, Turkey, Leonie and Ruth found themselves confronted with the urgent and ongoing needs of Syrian refugees within their local community. As a professional certified art therapist, Leonie witnessed first hand the need for mental health, inclusion and well-being of disadvantaged and […]

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Meet Amelie Vavrosky. Having worked with refugees in multiple countries over the last seven years through research, policymaking, and consulting, Amelie developed a deep understanding of issues that displaced people face. One of these issues is handling complex forms that often stand in the way of their receiving protection and services in a new country. […]

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Blossom Hill is thrilled to announce our 2019 Class of Fellows! This year, seven new Fellows are joining our Fellowship program with innovative initiatives to make breakthroughs for refugee children living in communities deeply affected by conflict and war. They are an impressive group and together will bring important and impactful work to help children […]

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Meet Alexandra Clare & Marcello Bonatto. Alexandra and Marcello have over 20 years of combined work experience in education, human rights, and social entrepreneurship in more than 10 countries. With the economy depressed by war and millions displaced, job opportunities for youth in Yemen and Turkey are few. In the informal sector, the pay is […]

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Blossom Hill turns 10! Over the last decade, our Fellows have worked tirelessly to reach tens of thousands of refugee children and youth from the Middle East who have been affected by conflict and war. Their bold programs have allowed our beneficiaries to thrive, turning their hopes to reality. But even as we celebrate a […]

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