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Blossom Hill Fellow Lexi Shereshewsky opened the doors to Blossom Hill’s Montessori-inspired Early Childhood Center for the fall session. This is the first and only early childhood center serving the refugee population in Azraq, Jordan. The children are very excited to be in school and there is a waiting list for others from the community. […]

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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 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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On June 29, in Athens, the Blossom Hill-El Sistema Greece Youth Orchestra performed their last concert of the season! Comprised of refugee and Greek children living in Athens, these young musicians joined forces with professionals from the Yale Alumni Chorus and Academica Athens Orchestra on the stage of the Greek National Opera during the 2019 […]

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For Syrian refugee children attending Blossom Hill Fellow Leyla Atik’ s art therapy center, the summer is turning out to be very busy. Following the successful homework support groups this past year, the program launched a summer school for Syrian refugees who will attend first grade in September. Designed as an accelerated preschool program, children […]

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For children in refugee camps in Greece, learning mostly comes in the form of informal education. To expose children to a science curriculum, Blossom Hill Fellow Erika Gillette has developed science kits that transcend language barriers. Science is a great way to support math and language instruction for children who have experienced interruptions in their […]

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During the first half of 2019, Blossom Hill Fellow Ragheb Al-Fakhouri took his Blossom Hill Basketball Teams to basketball courts where they played more than 30 matches. Refugee and Jordanian children learned life skills including how to be good team members, take responsibility, and contact others in the right way. In many ways, the skills […]

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Dimitra Raftopoulou’a El Sistema Greece -Blossom Hill Youth Orchestra is not just another youth orchestra. It consists of young musicians, including refugees from different countries, who share a passion for music! The next and last concert of the season is on June 29th at Nostos Festival with Yale Alumni Choir and Academica Athens State Orchestra. […]

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Teachers from Blossom Hill Fellow Lexi Shereshewsky’s Early Childhood Center in Azraq, Jordan completed their Montessori training. They found Montessori’s holistic approach to the development of the “whole child” — cognitive, emotional, social, and physical — inspiring and innovative especially in the context of refugee children. The method is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning […]

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